Then they came back
- Devised and directed by
- Tim Benjamin
- Music Director
- Ellie Slorach
- Andrew Kim & Sue Walpole
Then they came back is a film and live event featuring giant puppets, a choir, and a contrabass clarinet - questioning whether our relationship with the natural world will change, once we come out of post-Covid isolation, to be released/launched in Autumn 2021.
Supported by funding from Arts Council England
A girl plays in the field near the old wood with her friends. Their toy plane crashes into the trees, but they don't dare enter, and return home empty-handed. But one night during the dark days of 2020 the little girl has a dream about the Beast that lives in the forest... as it wonders, no longer hiding from human-kind in the silence of lockdown, what will happen when they come back?
“I want to capture on film a magical forest, incredibly lush and vibrant colours, which will contrast with the bright artificial colours worn by the young girl and provide a suitably enchanting backdrop for the Beast”
Tim Benjamin (writer and director)
The character of "The Beast" is a key figure in this production - inspired by the legends of Herne the Hunter and the Wild Hunt, along with more recent apparitions from fiction such as Tolkein's treants. The costume is built on a giant scale, designed to be worn by a stilt-walker yet agile enough to interact with other actors.
Starting with a "mood board" - a collection of images gathering together the production's visual inspiration - the costume is then built by Andrew Kim of Thingumajig Theatre.
Expert giant puppet makers Thingumajig Theatre will be creating and performing the Beast - which is a combination of a large mask, antlers, and an elaborate costume to fit over a stilt walker.
“The head is sculpted on a clay mould and will be formed with a heat-formed material. Meanwhile, fabric is hand dyed to an earthy palette”
Andrew Kim (designer, costume-maker, and stilt-walker)