'Stay focussed: the smallest movements really count.' Humanish MD adds: It's always tempting, especially when you're doing comedy, to make your performance big, to reach out to the audience, and when the audience laughs it's even more tempting. But small movements are the real wonder of puppets. In order to make small movements you need to be really focussed - on the puppet, on the performance, and on the audience. Your focus will translate into the audience's focus, and then all of you will see a small moment and understand it. Small movements that get forgotten: The in-breath before the puppet speaks. A tiny pull back of the head before the first word. The feet standing still. Feet keep mo


Supported Company Humanish are down your way touring the UK on the House Tour with their hilarious humanette Christmas day with the Holiest of Holy families, God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost in "Holy Presents" - See them at: Lincoln - tonight


The Golden Monkey from His Dark Meterials Hey Monkey, thanks for coming in. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself? That's Golden Monkey to you, if you please. I'm the dæmon of Lyra's mother, Marisa Coulter - a lady who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to stub a few toes along the way. So as the physical manifestation of her soul, I play to win. And I don't take any crap, pal. So how was it performing at the National Theatre back in 2004? Everyone gets that wrong. I wasn't at the National. I was made for a production at Birmingham Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Right. So - how are you made and who operated you? Me and Mark I'm made from Plastazote, which is a lightweight foam.

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