Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Significant Object - Puppets for Circus 1903

Puppets made with Significant Object for Circus 1903, produced by the Works Entertainment - touring Australia, Asia and the USA.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Lonesome George Sculpture

More images of Lonesome George - my sculpture of the Giant Galapagos Tortoise. Carved polystyrene with a central steel framework. Shell made from plasterzote foam, eyes; clear cast resin.

'The Rover' Masks

Masks made from leather, paper mache and wonderflex for The Rover (RADA Productions), directed by Jessica Swale. I had the role of properties supervisor/ maker. 
Photo credit - Linda Carter.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Home wanted for Lonesome George!

Galapagos Lonesome George was the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise and was labeled the rarest creature in the world. He sadly died in June 2012. I have created a full scale, life size sculpture of George to celebrate this amazing animal for all that he was! Dimensions - 1.5 metres high / 1.5 metres long.
I am looking for a home for Lonesome George - he is perfect for Natural History collections, museums, galleries, educational settings. Or possibly your front room? 
Any enquiries or suggestions please drop me an email at amber@dancingseagulls.com

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Kind of Love + What Did I Do?


PRESENTING...... the brand new double music video from The Correspondents!! 
I worked with 4 other puppeteers to bring this large character to life.

Friday, 25 April 2014

HMS Bestival Carnival Parade

Lost at sea- performing in the HMS Bestival Carnival Parade, 2013! Crazy sea horses and neon fish made by the amazing Mandinga Arts
This year I am really excited to be designing, making and performing with my own puppets at the Carnival! Watch this space for updates... 

Photo courtesy of Mandinga Arts.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


This is Shylyla, a puppet that I designed and built for a production of Feathers In The Snow by Philip Ridley.

London Under

Premiering in the FIRSTS Festival at the Little Angel Theatre.
London Under - by Lama Creative, for which I was part of the devising cast. A two week rehearsal period of making, creating and devising followed by two scratch performances. Photos by Louise Alexander.

Friday, 10 January 2014

T'was the Night Before Christmas...

Reindeer puppets made for 'The Night Before Christmas', at the Little Angel Theatre. Designed by Michael Fowkes.
Top photograph courtesy of the Little Angel Theatre, with puppeteers Ruth Calkin, Clare Pointing and Mikey Brett.

Monday, 4 November 2013


Marionette I made during a week long carving course with John Roberts of Puppetcraft in Devon. 
Video coming soon.

hail all hallows

When confronted with the task to make two giant puppets for Stoke Newington's Halloween March of the Dead based on the theme of East-end Pagan Mashup... we sort inspiration from THIS SONG

Demonic Pat Butcher and Peggy Mitchell made with Siรขn Kidd of Mirth and Mysery, in an epic 48 hours of puppet making.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Boris and Sergey

boris and sergey
boris and sergey flabbergast
cane charon's ferry

Charon's ferry boat on backpack I designed and made for Flabbergast Theatre's Boris & Sergey's Perilous Escapade using cane and foam.

Monday, 10 June 2013

La Tempesta

Shoal of fish I made with Sue Dacre and Beatrice Pentey for La Tempesta, a collaborative production between Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and the Little Angel Theatre. For information on the show and the summer tour please look HERE

Top images my own, bottom photograph by Belinda Aackermann showing puppeteer Lori Hopkins.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

he she and it

Illustration commission for .cent magazine for the theme he/she. I'd not attempted a fashion illustration before, its quite an alien zone for me! 
In other news I have just entered the twitter world. I know I'm a little late on that train but come follow me @_amberdonovan
 for all the haps and the 'haps not.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

swishy swashy, stumble trip!

Grass scenery made for 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. 
4 metres long; 90 cms tall; foldable; swishy; swoshy. 
Bottom production image by Lynette Shanbury, with puppeteers Lowri James and Gilbert Taylor

We're Going On A BEAR Hunt!

Here are some behind the scenes pictures of what we've been making in the workshop.

'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' is the new show at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. Based on the old campfire song, which was written down by Michael Rosen. Its been directed by Peter Glanville with fabulous songs by Barb Jungr. The puppet designs by Lyndie Wright take inspiration from Helen Oxenbury's magical illustrations.

And Larry is asleep with Bertie and Bear 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

infamous grouse

Performing in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 2013. With Mandinga Arts puppet.
Photo - Mayor of London Presents

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Circus Kathmandu

Pani Serpa (Water Snake) Goddess; a large scale puppet that I designed and made in Nepal for Circus Kathmandu. 

The puppet is 4.5 metres long and very light weight, ideally operated by 4 performers. With invaluable help from Samantha Zsargo and Fiona Jenner. 

Top 2 photographs by Ingrid Chiron, the rest my own.

It was incredible to work with such a unique and interesting project. Circus Kathmandu was born from a troubled and painful history but is cooperatively working to redefine the status of contemporary circus performance in Nepal. It has its roots with the British charity The Esther Benjamins Trust which aims to eliminate human trafficking. They have a refuge in Kathmandu for rescued children and young people who had been trafficked or displaced into India and sold into forced labour institutions such as circuses. Kept as performers they are effectively imprisoned, denied an education and often beaten and abused.

It was in the refuge that the social circus project Sapana began. It aims to give these disempowered members of society the opportunity to develop the skills they have and to promote self confidence and expression. In previous years the notion of circus carried a very negative stigma. Traditionally it was seen as a low status and 'dirty' profession in Nepal, but thanks to this project it is increasingly being recognised as a highly skilled and exciting art form as well as a viable career. These young pople are being given vocational training and the tools that can lead them to real work opportunities in performance.

Circus Kathmandu evolved from Sapana as the first and so far only professional circus company in Nepal, and is currently made up of 13 young Nepali performers. Excitingly the company will be bringing their show 'Dakini' to London in their international debut and first step towards transglobal world domination. They will be performing Dakini at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane on March 27th 2013. The circus now comes under the umbrella of the anti trafficking charity Freedom Matters. 
More information and details on how to get tickets can be found on their website. 

This video explains more of the history of Sapana and Circus Kathmandu.