We are proud to introduce Puppet Animation Scotland’s first puppeteer in residence, Alex Bird.
For the past ten years, Alex has been one-third of the visual performance collective, Tortoise in a nutshell, an Edinburgh based company that has created and toured multi-award-winning productions across Scotland, the UK and internationally. His work is driven by a desire to make theatre that inspires, inciting conversation and exploring our collective imagination.
Alex’s primary background is as a performer/puppeteer and co-creator where his credits include The Lost Things, Feral (winner: Scotsman Fringe First, Kotorski Festival Grand Jury Prize, Nominee Total Theatre Awards, Nominee Drama Desk Awards), The Last Miner (Nominee Arches Brick Award), Grit (Nominee Arches Brick Award, Nominee Total Theatre Awards) and Fisk (winner: Outstanding Performance Kotorski Festival).
Alongside this Alex has extensive experience as an independent theatre and puppetry workshop leader, puppet maker and producer. He provided voice performance for the short film Cleaning in Progress by Grant Holden and has worked for numerous arts organisations across Scotland, such as Imaginate and Musselburgh’s Catherine Wheels.
Alex has lived in Leith, Edinburgh for fifteen years and has recently become a first-time father.
“To be joining the Puppet Animation Scotland team as their first Puppeteer in Residence is a huge privilege. For the past ten years, I’ve been hugely fortunate in the support I’ve received from the organisation, from workshops to the inspirational programme offered through MANIPULATE, their work has been a big part of shaping my own practice. With an established and experienced team of producers and a year-round programme of inspiring work, it feels like an amazing chance to push my work into a new phase and build on the experiences I’ve garnered over the past decade.
These past months have been some of the toughest in living memory for people all over the world. There are clear wellbeing, economic and social challenges to be met and I feel passionate that visual and performance art can play a real part in our shared recovery. To be afforded the chance of time and space to interrogate my practice in this context, therefore, feels really special. I’m excited to learn from the work of others, to explore the creation of visual performance with social impact and to experience forms of skill sharing that can be a real benefit to the wider visual theatre community. I genuinely can’t wait to get along!” – Alex Bird