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My Neighbour Totoro

2022 | Puppet Maker & Technician
Royal Shakespeare Company
2023 Olivier Award Winner - Best Entertainment and Comedy Show 
2022 WhatsOnStage Award Winner - Best Set (and Puppet) Design

Puppet Director and Designer: Basil Twist

Associate Puppet Designer: Mervyn Millar

Lead Project Designer (Jim Henson Creature Shop): Scott Johnson

Lead Puppet Maker (Significant Objects): Tracy Waller

Puppet Fabricators (Significant Objects):

Alan Bartlett, Emily Brooks, Katy Clare Brooks, Fergus Dunnett, Tayte Ewen, Helen Foan, Tilly Jean, Maia Kirkman-Richards, Jo Lakin, Gretchen Maynard-Hahn, Mervyn Millar, Julie Atlas Muz, Mikayla Teodoro, and Georgie White,

Was part of the puppet making team for RSC's original 2022 run of "My Neighbour Totoro" staged at the Barbican. I worked with the teams of Jim Henson Creature Shop and Significant Objects and helped create every puppet in the show, ranging from the small soot sprites to the largest Totoro in the show.  

For this project I worked with a range of materials including ostrich feathers, inflatable fabrics, and hand-knotted wool. I created pieces for each Totoro building on existing parts from Hensons' creature shop and also made various parts from scratch.


Photos from various media outlets. 

Photos of Totoro, Chu, Sho, and Catbus puppets remain under NDA

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