Ah no! Not really. Mother's Ruin has been robust and worked exceptionally well. There is a small part of me that is a little surprised but of course delighted at the same time. I must be getting good at this malarkey. I can hear my mum's voice saying, "Stop underestimating what you can do. There's not folk walking down the street who can do what you can do!...etc etc..." Always the voice of reason and never-ending support. Being fairly new to professional making and street theatre production and its nuances, my main concern was making everything work first of all and secondly, not fall apart through the rigours of the hustle and bustle of street life - namely the general public pinching, pulling, kicking and punching. Not that any abuse has been particularly heavy fortunately but it has to be remembered when dealing with an unsuspecting audience of the general public, anything can happen. Anyway, Mother and Baby have survived and enjoyed their first 3 outings as Mother's Ruin.
For those of you reading who don't know, Mother's Ruin is the title of my giant mother and baby puppet walkabout performance I designed and made for my final project on my college course. I then got it performed this summer through the fantastic Surge Street Theatre Bursary Programme at Solas Festival in Perthshire, Dundee Summer Streets and Surge Festival in Glasgow. I would say it has been an all out success and huge learning curve for me, from the making to the performing. Small children cried, adults were terrified and dogs barked...in amongst raucous laughter of course. Though it wasn't me doing the actual preforming, I left that to the professionals, namely Jessica Innes, who did an amazing job of bring Baby to life. I have to admit that I do fancy having a go though. I have dabbled in a little puppet workshopery but know very little...watch this space though.
So without further ado...please welcome.....the ever......cheeky.......Mother's Ruin....
Take it away Baby...
Jennifer Kilgour is an artist and maker specialising in model making, sculpture, painting and drawing.
She has also occasionally made the odd animation, wooden furniture and walking the family dog in the woods.