(R)Evolution Company Raven
Kaliana established Puppet (R)Evolution in
creates theatre pieces for adult audiences using both puppetry and
performers onstage together. We communicate stories we feel
socially significant in strikingly visual ways. The company
awarded a yearlong residency at the Battersea Arts Centre through the
Puppet Centre Trust and Centre for Excellence in Theatre Training.
first two versions of this piece were devised at the Central School of
Speech & Drama by Raven Kaliana, Rebecca Brown, Robin Dearden
Valentina Tamiolaki in 2008, written by Raven Kaliana and based on her
autobiographical material. Sarah Wright mentored these versions. The
piece was developed further by Puppet (R)Evolution company members in
2008, 2009 and 2010. Other past collaborators have included Clara Giraud, Yin Lam, Tinka Slavicek, Mel Scott, and Andy Jones. Hooray for Hollywood has toured to the
Puppet Festival in London, Stay Tuned Festival in
Puppet Festival in Poland, and Little Angel Theatre in London, and the
Rosemary Branch Theatre in London.
company plans to tour
for Hollywood around the UK and abroad in 2011. If you wish to
bring Hooray for Hollywood to your venue or festival, please contact us.
Puppet (R)Evolution Creative Team:
Raven Kaliana directs Puppet (R)Evolution, a puppetry/performer company which
she established in 2008. She wrote Hooray for Hollywood based on
her own autobiographical material. She has freelances as a puppet
maker, puppetry coach, and puppeteer, and presents to charities and
other organizations on the topic of child abuse. She holds an MA in
Advanced Theatre Practice/Puppetry from Central School of Speech &
Drama, and got her start in puppetry at Folkmanis Puppets in 1997. www.ravenkaliana.com
Luke Wallens assists
in directing Puppet (R)Evolution, and is a writer/actor/dramaturg with
an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Central School of Speech
and Drama. He writes for many genres of theatre including puppetry, and
specializes in writing for movement. Luke provided assistant direction
and dramaturgy for BlackSun Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed
Duchess of Malfi and 100% Comedy 100% Chekhov.
Kirkpatrick has puppeteered Sooty and friends in theatre shows, as well
as TV and radio appearances and premiering Zippy from Rainbow in a
theatre show. She has worked with Compagnie Pippo Delbono at The RSC;
developed a show called Feral at The National Studio; operated Charlie
in Simon Buckley’s theatre version of Charlie and Lola and various
marionettes in Kirsty Ameldia’s Spider Music Video.
a BA in Theatre Studies, an MA in Physical Theatre, and has trained at
LISPA, the Lecoq school in London. Credits include creative
collaborator in ‘3 Good Wives’; (Inkfish Puppet Theatre Company);
Puppeteer in ‘The Taste of Strawberries’ (Nabokov Theatre)
at King’s College, Court Theatre Training Company, and
Desmond Jones School of Mime & Physical Theatre. Credits:
Quince/Puppeteer in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and
Puppeteer/Malcolm/Lady Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’ (DeadKat Productions);
Mary/Puppeteer in ‘Que
Sera, Sera, Whatever She’ll Be' Will Be’ (PuppeTrees Theatre Company)
returned from Singapore, puppeteering in a show first performed in at
2009 Edinburgh fringe festival, which was nominated for a Total Theatre
Award. ('Antoine & The Paper Areoplane'). She is
currently developing an adult puppet show as part of Incubate with
support from The Little Angel and CSSM.
Susanna Ferrar performs
improvisational violin with The Improvisors' Orchestra in London.
Her CD A Boy Leaves Home is available through Amazon and JazzLoft.
grew up in Beijing, China, where she received professional music
training and also worked as sound technician. With a passion for
theatre and sound design, she came to London and completed her MA
Advanced Theatre Practice – Sound Design and Music for Performance
course at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Elizabeth Newport trained in Lighting Design at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
puppetry and technical assistance provided by Ida Tjalve and Abigail Hirsh, filming and film
editing by James Ingram and Jason Griffiths, lighting on videos designed by Leo
my goal to humanize this issue.
I want to bring it back into public discourse, so that it’s not taboo
about this crime. So that the perpetrators, however monstrous
actions, become in the mind’s eye only human. …So that the
however anonymized by the medium of their abuse, become familiar and
people with faces, names, families. …So that we can begin to
view this as
a social problem that people who are also ‘only human’ can
address. It is
by caring that you unlock the door.” -Raven Kaliana