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Finn Caldwell

Puppetry Director/Designer

Agent

Simon Blakey

Finn originally trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama as an actor before becoming a long-term associate of Handspring Puppet Company, having been one of the original puppeteers on the show WARHORSE.  He is co-artistic director of the puppetry company Gyre & Gimble (www.gyreandgimble.com).  Credits include:

THE FOUR SEASONS
Co-Director / Co-Designer with Toby Olie
Globe Theatre

THE HARTLEPOOL MONKEY     
Co-Director
Fuel Theatre/Gyre & Gimble

ANGELS IN AMERICA
Puppetry Director / Co-Designer with Nick Barnes
National Theatre

THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON
Co-Director / Co-Designer with Nick Barnes
Les Enfants Terrible

THE GRINNING MAN
Co-Designer / Co-Director with Toby Olie
Bristol Old Vic

THE TEMPEST                                                                        
Effects Co-Designer / Co-Director with Toby Olie
The Birmingham Royal Ballet

GROUNDHOG DAY
Old Vic & Broadway
Additional Movement

RUNNING WILD                                                                    
Puppetry Co-Director / Co-Designer with Toby Olie
Regents Park Open Air / Chichester Festival Theatre

★★★★
The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out, Evening Standard

“The highlight of this show is the magnificent puppets…things of never-ending beauty.”  Evening Standard

“The puppetry is exquisite, with full-sized animals manipulated so they seem to breathe with documentary life.” Time Out

THE LORAX                                                                     
Puppetry Director/Co-Designer
Old Vic Theatre

ARIODANTE
Puppetry designer / Director
Festival d’Aix en Provence / Canadian Opera

THE BEAR  
Puppetry Designer / Director
Pins & Needles
UK Tour

RUNNING WILD                                                                      
Puppetry Co-Director/Co-Designer with Toby Olié
Stage adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo novel
Chichester Festival Theatre

ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND                     
ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Puppetry Director
Emma Brunjes Productions @ The Vaults, Waterloo

LARDO
Director
Old Red Lion Theatre / Metal Rabbit Productions

THE ELEPHANTOM
Co-Director with Toby Olié
National Theatre, Shed & West End Transfer

THE LIGHT PRINCESS
Puppetry & Movement Director
National Theatre

WAR HORSE
Associate Puppetry Director
National Theatre/Handspring
New London Theatre & Internationally

DREAM SPACE
Puppetry Consultant
Shakespeare’s Globe

RUBIES IN THE ATTIC
The Ruby Dolls, Puppetry Director
Riverside Studios & Tour

SHREK   
Puppetry Consultant
Playful Productions
Theatre Royal Drury Lane

A MIDSUMMERS’ DREAM
Puppetry Director
National Theatre, National Tour

SWINE     
Movement Director
National Theatre Studio

LOWLIFE   
Recast Puppetry Director
Blind Summit Theatre
LIMF & International Tour

CLIMATE
Director
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Second Year Devising Project

TOM THUMB
Puppetry Director
Blue Scream Theatre
Purcell Room & International Tour
Winner: Edinburgh Fringe First Award

 

Film Credits include:

ALICE – Dir. Marianne Elliot
Short, Ruby Films
Director of stage production within film

THE SUICIDE BROTHERS
Short, Beat Pictures
Puppetry Director
Starring Keira Knightley

 

Credits as performer include:

THE DOG’S HEART (Complicité / La Scala); WARHORSE (Puppeteer – National Theatre);  LOW LIFE (Puppeteer – LIMF / BAC); MADAM BUTTERFLY (Puppeteer – ENO);  BRIGHTON ROCK (Chorus – Almeida); HAMLET, JULIUS CAESAR, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (RSC); ELEPHANT (Joseph Merrick – BAC); MACBETH (Lennox – Albery Theatre); ROMEO AND JULIET (The Prince – Northcott, Exeter); ANTIGONE (Old Vic)

Represented in collaboration with Katie Haines

Call Simon to discuss Finn or other Puppetry Director/Designers

+44 (0)20 7727 1346