An interview for the Hotel Elephant Blog
British designer and maker Jo Lakin speaks about creating ‘101 Dalmatians’ at Hotel Elephant
He’s a puppet, but not one like you’ve ever seen before. Ten feet high and 14 foot long, he is a talking lion who even sings and dances.This is Aslan, one of a dozen fantastic puppets created for a new production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by Meryvn Millar and Jo Lakin. The beautifully-staged show at Birmingham Rep also boasts a stilt-walking giant that’s even taller than Aslan.
Ultimately, the stars of the show are the puppets (designed by Mervyn Millar and Jo Lakin). From small woodland creatures, to giants and dwarves, to the enormous Aslan creation; the level of detail is quite extraordinary. Aslan is in three detached pieces and the direction/operation of this puppet is faultless.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, REVIEW AT THE BIRMINGHAM REP - 'MAGIC'
Much of the theatrical magic of this world is created by the wonderful puppetry which imparts lifelike mannerisms to hand-held squirrels and robins. The piece de resistance is an impressive three-person Aslan, whose forbidding stature, undulating movement and realistic head movement evokes the animal might of the National Theatre’s long-running War Horse.
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