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"jo lakin's fascinating world of puppets"

An interview for the Hotel Elephant Blog

British designer and maker Jo Lakin speaks about creating ‘101 Dalmatians’ at Hotel Elephant
— Hotel Elephant Blog

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.

— Birmingham Mail Online
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BWW Reviews: THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, Birmingham Rep Theatre, December 1 2015

 

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.
— Broadway World

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.
— THE STAGE
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THE METRO UK, top ten for the weekend

THE METRO UK, top ten for the weekend