Henry

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Multi-award winning puppetry innovators Blind Summit present the UK premiere of their brand new show HENRY, a one man, three-man show set within a Master Class on ‘puppetry possession’, at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Henry will be staged at the Pleasance Dome (venue 23) from Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 August 2018; and follows the huge Edinburgh Fringe successes of Citizen Puppet (2015) and The Table (2011), both Scotsman Fringe First Award winners.

Henry is narrated by puppeteer, director and “control freak” Mark Down who explores the mystical power of puppetry, assisted by two, slightly sinister, masked puppeteers. Things get out of control when the spirit of “Henry” enters the puppet. Who is “Henry”? What does he want? And is he dangerous?

Henry is an entertaining but thought provoking show that ultimately acknowledges that everything is invention and the greatest truth is found in the biggest lie.

Blind Summit is a multi-award winning London-based, internationally touring producer of puppet-based theatre. For twenty years they’ve consistently subverted people’s expectations of puppetry: from giant storybook characters in the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games to The Table, a globally successful touring production that completely up-ended audiences’ understanding of how puppet and puppeteer communicate. For more information on Blind Summit, visit https://www.blindsummit.com/

Blind Summit’s Bunraku inspired work is irreverent and anarchic, thoughtful and precise. With Henry the company tear up the rulebook again, employing their unique ‘Extreme Puppetry’ and their trademark irreverent humour. If The Table (EdFringe 2011) was the life of a puppet, Henry is about the life of a puppeteer.

Artistic Director, Mark Down, said of Blind Summit’s work: “We want the work to be provocative, funny, political, outrageous and accessible – theatre that pushes the boundaries of puppetry.”

Blind Summit Artistic Director and Master Puppeteer, Mark Down, performs in and directs Henry. The incredibly accomplished puppeteers Fiona Clift (The Table, Citizen Puppet) and Tom Espiner (The Table, Madam Butterfly) play the hooded students. Julian Spooner, Co-Artistic director of Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, and Freelance Theatre Director Alex Crampton are collaborators and assistant directors of Henry. The production was devised by Blind Summit and written by Mark Down.

Event Categories: Events and Theatre.

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