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Skilful and exciting puppetry
Entertaining for all ages


James Arnott Puppeteer, Designer, Fabricator and Director.

Training & Qualifications:

Royal Holloway, University of London; BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies.

Extensive movement, puppet and object manipulation skills tuition from Chris Somerville (director of The Harlequin Puppet Theatre), Ian Allen of Playboard Puppers, Mary Turner (expert marionettist of Thunderbirds et al fame), Nori Sawa (internationally renowned puppeteer, The Academy of Performing Arts, Prague), Dr Dick McCaw, and Kate Brehm.

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Skills:

Performer, Designer and Maker of a range of different puppet types including: Glove, Rod, Muppet Style, Tabletop/Bunraku, and Black Theatre/UV, as well as experienced Lighting Designer and Stage Manager.

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Aesop's Fables Presto Puppets Tour, 2008. Puppeteer

Winter and Spring 2008 One of two puppeteers performing rod and table top puppets of these traditional tales. In a make-believe land where humans are clowns and animals tell stories, Presto Puppet Theatre weave the fantasy inspired by the well-loved Greek slave Aesop. Touring Schools and Arts Centres throughout 2008.

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Tartuffe Eton College, Windsor. Puppetry Director.

December 2007

James advised and directed a puppet sequence for this classic French play, for a production performed by students at Eton College.

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Dr Dolittle Bill Kenwright Ltd and Darryl Worbey Studios. Fabricator.

July 2007

James was part of the large team of puppet makers working on the 2007/2008 tour of Dr Dolittle starring Tommy Steele for Bill Kenwright. His own contribution was the part fabrication of a singing badger with a broken leg, made during work experience with top puppet maker, Darryl Worbey.

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The Spencer Show Purplecase Records. Puppeteer

Spring and Summer 2007

James puppeteered the Muppet style characters Charlene Boomerang and Pete Walkman, alongside Warrick Brownlow-Pike's Scott Waterman for a series of three music videos: She's in love with you, The sun shines brighter, and, Two hearts. He also performed the characters for various photo' shoots and a promotional tour of London landmarks.

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Hamlet RADA. Puppetry DirectorDecember 2006

James taught and directed a marionette sequence for a student workshop performance of Hamlet at the RADA and Kings College London.

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Act Without Words Boilerhouse International Centre for Theatre Research. Puppeteer, Designer and Fabricator.

October 2006

James designed and performed a workshop performance of Samuel Beckett's short play Act Without Words, with a bastardised rod puppet. It was also performed at the National Student Puppetry Festival at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he hopes to develop the piece further when time permits.

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Shakes vs Shav RHUL. Puppeteer, Designer, Fabricator and Co-Director.

March 2006

James, along with students at the University of London, created what is believed to be the only British revival of George Bernard-Shaw's puppet play, using table top, rod, and glove puppets, designed by James. He was invited to speak about this workshop production by PALATINE and Dr Matthew Isaac Cohen at their first Puppetry in Higher Education day. As and when time permits he hopes to develop this piece further.

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Hospitals and other buildings that catch fire InForm Theatre, Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh, and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Puppet Designer and Fabricator.

August 2005 and April 2006

James's second collaboration with InForm Theatre Company was performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005 and was revived for a brief fun as part of NSDF at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. He designed and made rod and Bunraku puppets for this production, directed by Simon Pittman.

InForm Theatre  push the boundaries of text and performance The Scotsman

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The Big Half; the small half InForm Theatre, The Pleasance Theatre, Islington. Puppet Designer, Fabricator and Director

November 2004 to February 2005

James designed, made and directed rod and glove puppet sequences for this experimental play by InForm Theatre Company, which after workshop performances at RHUL ran at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington.

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The Punch and Judy

Show Performer

2000 to Present

To this day this simple form of puppetry remains James' favourite to perform. He is passionate about Punch and maintains a large archive of material relating to the show as well as collecting the puppets themselves. Deceptively simple, when performed well it can entertain even the most cynical 21st Century audience. The show has taken him across England, Wales and Scotland, performing at Stately Homes, Shopping Centres, Theatres, Puppet Festivals, advertisements for Harrods, countless Schools and many, many Birthday Parties. The level of interaction between the puppets and the audience is one of the key elements that keeps Punch and Judy alive, giving it a special place in the audiences' hearts, it's Coronation Street with the television screen removed!

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Press:

Extremely beautiful puppets - The Scotsman

InForm Theatre push the boundaries of text and performance - The Scotsman

Excellent Punch and Judy Peter Charlton, Chair BPMTG

A series of lovely children's illustrated book pictures, the animals are charming - IndieLondon

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