The majority of the company’s work is directed at adult audiences. It contains themes ranging from genocide and evolution to cell biology and magic. Almost always without text, the work is a seductive fusion of performance with sculptural and musical elements. At the core of each show is close collaboration between composer and puppeteer.
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Stephen’s work for children sets out to fascinate and inspire. It has magical sequences of pure performance intermixed with entertaining demonstrations which leave children eager and able to make and perform puppets for themselves. The children’s shows are designed to be performable in schools and halls as well as in theatres.
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‘It’s not just Mottram’s exquisite craft but his potent vision which merits our attention.’
The Glasgow Herald (The Seed Carriers)
‘Mottram is a magician who charms his audience with the uncanny.’
LaRepubblica (The Seas of Organillo)
‘Stephen Mottram takes the craft of puppetry to a level of sophistication which makes you gasp with the cleverness of it.’
Independent on Sunday (In Suspension)
Young and full of energy we set off on life’s adventure. We find love, build homes and have babies. Then suddenly the children have left, and home feels like a waiting room. That’s the moment to strap on a parachute and take charge of things for that final leap into the unknown…