We have been back at Schauspielhaus Zürich to design and direct puppetry for this season's production of Peter Pan.
We have rejoined the creative team behind Die Brüder Löwenherz: director Ingo Berk, set designer Damian Hitz, costume designer Eva Krämer, and composer Patrik Zeller.
We're delighted to have worked closely again with Christine Rippmann, the Schauspielhaus' Theaterplastikerin, who co-designs the puppets with Mervyn Millar (who also directs the puppetry).
Here are some splendid production photos by Raphael Hadad:
The making team from the workshops at the Schauspielhaus working alongside Christine includes Claude Kaiser, Urs Bruderer, Marianne Boos, Simone Müller, Flavia Somalvico, Vicky Dovat and Susanne Boner.
The cast features Claudius Körber, Matthias Neukirch, Kornelia Lüdorff, Anna Blomeier, Sarah Gailer, Jasper Engelhardt, Johanna Köster, Dominic Hartmann, Silvio Kretschmer, Julian-Nico Tzschentke, Benito Bause and Ludwig Boettger.
Peter Pan premiered on Nov 11th. The theatre's page on the production, and booking links, can be found here.
The crocodile crawls imposingly across the stage at the Pfauen every now and then, displaying its huge mouth with pointed teeth. To be specific, it is driven across the stage. At the heart of the reptile is an adult tricycle. The animal is just one of the magical creatures contributed by British puppet maker and director Mervyn Millar for Peter Pan, directed by Ingo Berk... Without Millar, many characters would have looked different. For example, Peter's stubborn fairy Tinkerbell is a small flaming torch that allows Johanna Köster to fly through the air. This leads to a touching scene: Tinkerbell's flame goes out when saving Peter's life. The fire can only be rekindled when the children in the audience clap to express their faith in fairies - and they do that from the bottom of their hearts. Also beautiful is the big white dog Nana, handled by two actors, who looks after the children of the Darling family, lovingly pushes them to brush their teeth, and sadly refuses to eat, when the three still have not returned from Neverland. Colours shine brightly in black light, colourful butterflies dance through the air and birds pass by a gnarled tree. Isabel Hemmel, Tages Anzeiger