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The Parachute

£15 / £11 Concessions 

Running Time
55 mins

12yrs +

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Doors open


A funny and mesmerising story about youth, love and old age.

Armed with Sebastian Castagna’s glorious music and an armful of white tipped wands, Stephen creates characters out of nowhere. He plays with our brains, stealthily reeling us into a world of movement, populated by captivating, non-existent actors.

Motion capture was developed by the Swedish psychologist Gunnar Johansson. He attached white markers to 12 key points on an actor wearing a black bodysuit who was filmed against a black background. When played back, he was surprised to find 12+ the viewer could immediately identify not only a person walking, but also their sex and mood, just from the 12 white spots seen moving relative to each other on the screen.

In The Parachute, Stephen Mottram uses Johansson’s motion capture in reverse. The white tips of his multiple magic wands reveal ephemeral characters whose lives we end up caring about.

Mottram takes the craft of puppetry to a sophisticated level that makes you gasp with the cleverness of it.
— Independent on Sunday

This is an accessible event and has little or no spoken word. This is part of Bristol Festival of Puppetry’s new programme to interrogate and develop the diversity agenda for puppetry. Delivered in association with Diverse City and Doing Things Differently, and with support from leading Deaf artist David Ellington and Bristol Physical Access Chain, Interchange is a strand of action-learning embedded at the heart of BFP17, which asks:
What is the unique role that puppetry can play in addressing the diversity agenda?

Click Here for more information and other accessible events.

Click here for more information on Masterclass: The Logic of Movement 3 Sep

PS You can also watch New Visions: Materials Stories at 7pm - short films from the next generation of talented film makers and animators

Earlier Event: September 2
New Visions: Material Stories
Later Event: September 3
New Visions: Crawling and Wriggling