It's exciting when you get a great photographer like Eoin Carey to document your set!
"... a truly exceptional piece of work."
Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland
Just found out that Martin O'Connor's brilliant show The Mark of The Beast is now officially brilliant, as Mary Brennan gave it 5 stars in this wonderful review!
I haven't managed to get my hands on the professional photos yet, but here are a few hazy snaps I took on my phone during rehearsals showing the set in a variety of flavours.
If you live in Edinburgh then there's one last chance to catch the show at the Storytelling Centre this Thursday, 19th April at 7.30pm. Tickets are here.
Here's a quick film of An1mal at the Edinburgh International Science Festival last week. We've had a great time working on this project, and it was a real treat to exhibit in somewhere as busy and exciting as the National Museum.
Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition, so if you haven't seen it yet you'd better hurry...
Here's the excellent poster image by Eoin Carey for Martin O'Connor's new solo show The Mark of the Beast.
I've had a brilliant time working on the set design and build for The Mark of the Beast, and from the glimpses I've had of the show so far, it looks like it's going to be really wonderful.
The show is opening this Friday, 13th April at Platform Theatre - you can get tickets here.
A quick cardboard test of an idea I had for a set based on three doors for three houses. Depending on which way you open a door you can either enter it or alter the shape of the set. It is self-contained and uses Z shaped folds to transform from one scene to the next.
This week I've been patterning the body, limbs, head and features for An1mal and making a faux fur covering for the puppet (also learned a new word - furfetti, which is the tiny bits of hair that mysteriously appear in your coffee when you're working with faux fur), while Roy has been hooking the cables that control the movements of the puppet up to the servos which will power them. At this point we can test one or two moving parts at a time, and below are a couple of quick tests - one with the mouth and ears, and another with the head tilt and turn. Today our behaviourist Elaine will be visiting again and hopefully we can start choreographing some of the animal's movements.
This is where we've got to this week with An1mal. It's starting to take a more solid shape, and mechanically it is working pretty well. The aluminium and plastic articulations inside the puppet are nearly finished, and I've added an outer shell for the head and torso by making hollow plastazote forms. It's been harder than I expected to make forms which hold their shape and position while allowing the cables and mechanical parts inside them enough room to move freely, but now that it's done I'm really looking forward to adding fur and seeing how the character of the animal develops.
I am a Glasgow based visual artist and maker.