Puppet Animation Scotland, supported by the National Theatre of Scotland, created Testroom in 2016 as a creative development opportunity for Scottish-based artists.
Based in Rockvilla, Glasgow, and facilitated by leading puppeteer Gavin Glover, Testroom offers artists of any discipline the opportunity to explore initial creative ideas which aim to place, at their heart, elements of live puppet or object manipulation.
Testroom challenges artists to regularly present their creative explorations to their fellow participants, using their peers as a sounding board to guide continued development and realisation on their ambitious ideas.
Testroom participants share the culmination of their efforts at manipulate Visual Theatre Festival in Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
In 2016 we had 30 applications for 5 places in the inaugural Testroom programme. We selected the following artists to work with over a six month period:
Caitlin Skinner & Melanie Jordan – The Time Machine
Caitlin and Melanie experimented with puppetry and object manipulation using H G Wells’ novel The Time Machine as inspiration.
Naomi O Kelly – A Great Hall by the Sea
Naomi re-interpreted the W B Yeats play On Baile’s Strand using storytelling, animation of objects, text music and light.
Lynda Radley & Nick Bone – Caitlin Jo 4 Eva
Lynda and Nick focused on the interaction between a puppet and performer examining the challenges faced by a teenage girl who had been adopted.
Ellie Griffiths – Shutter
Inspired by old baby photos, Ellie created a table top production for young audiences using live feed projection, puppetry, collage to tell the story of her family.
Fergus Dunnet – Pan
Using fear as a starting point, Fergus created a large scale puppet which served to explore how consciously and unconsciously our fears affect our decisions and actions.