‘Abyss’ is a puppet installation that encapsulates humankind's impact on the ocean in the age of plastic. It’s based around a soundscape, created using instruments made out of recycled materials.
First performed in 2017, at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's Experimental Studio in London, the piece demonstrates the strange beauty seen in the interaction between what is man-made, and natural.
Originally conceived to raise awareness of human activities and their ecological consequences, the piece presents an abstraction of these themes. Recycled materials were used exclusively in the building of set, puppets and sound to show the efficacy of re-imagining materials.
The installation is performed on a cycle and the audience is invited to enter and leave at will.
Abyss is currently in phase one of development and will begin touring May 2018. One cycle of the continuous, performance loop runs 20 minutes. For more information about the project contact BoTcHPUPPET via our about page.
With special thanks to...
Sound Designer Travis Wright who developed the soundscape underpinning the piece. Travis currently works in New York City.
Cat Fletcher, Freegle and City Reuse Depot Brighton. (She introduced us to an incredible stash of recycled goods. Cat currently runs www.ilovefreegle.org recycling unwanted goods in your area. Cat is also the only Reuse Manager for a UK local authority and is currently setting up a creative City Reuse Depot to enable better waste-prevention in Brighton and to trigger innovative cross-sector projects.)
Helen Ainsworth- our all knowing, all seeing, puppet guide.