Meet the Stories on a String Team
From left to right: Rachel Hayter (musician), Jum Faruq (artist/puppeteer), Rachel Warr (director), Ajjaz Awad (puppeteer) & Camilo Menjura (musician)
Stories on a String is a co-production between Dotted Line Theatre and Polyglot Arts.
Dotted Line Theatre was established by director Rachel Warr in 2012 and has produced eight productions to date. Recent work includes puppetry commissions for Film Four ident trailers as well as family productions at The Horniman Museum. Productions have toured to The Barbican Centre, Underbelly, New Wolsey Theatre, as well as internationally at Singapore’s Children’s Theatre Festival. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/dottedlinetheatre/
Here are images from previous productions by Dotted Line Theatre:
Polygot Arts was established by Rachel Hayter in 2013 to explore different languages and cultures through the Arts, with a focus on education and outreach. Polyglot Arts have run projects in primary schools and community centres, with the aim of learning language and promoting cultural understanding. Learn more at www.rachelhayter.com/polyglot-arts
RACHEL HAYTER – MUSICIAN/ COMPOSER / PRODUCER
Rachel is a flute player with a passion for Brazilian music and culture. After studying Spanish & Portuguese and living in both Brazil and Argentina, she did an MA at the Guildhall School of Music. She has performed Brazilian music in festivals and venues across the UK, including Kings Place, the Barbican and Vortex Jazz club, as well as having performed internationally. She currently plays with the band Alvorada, and is a musician on the Live Music Now scheme, which provides top-quality music in care homes and community settings. Learn more at www.rachelhayter.com
JUM FARUQ – ARTIST / PUPPETEER
Jum is a designer, puppeteer and founder of Jumble Abode Theatre. Completing a BA at Central Saint Martins specialising in Illustration, her practice explores the relationship between the worlds of visual art and theatre, focusing especially on puppetry. She has worked on several projects with Dotted Line Theatre including Stories on a String and The Story of Hungry Rana Kodok, both performed at The Horniman Musuem. With Jumble Abode Theatre she co-directed, designed and performed The Invention of Shoes (a reimagining of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem) at The Rose Theatre Kingston and The Space Theatre. She has also worked with The BBC, JW3 The Barbican, South London Gallery, Arvon and most recently Film Four. Learn more at http://cargocollective.com/thejum
RACHEL WARR – DIRECTOR
Rachel Warr is a theatre director and dramaturge. She focuses on the creation of new plays. Rachel specialises in puppetry (including rod, string marionette, Bunraku, glove, shadow and object puppets), she is also trained in dance and mask.
Rachel is currently an associate artist at Mercury Theatre Colchester and a previous associate artist of Little Angel Theatre. Her work has been presented at Barbican Centre, New Wimbledon Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Artsdepot and international festivals in Prague, France, Germany and Singapore. She is currently collaborating with Canadian object theatre company La Pire Espèce. Her work has been nominated for the Total Theatre Award, her puppetry work for Film Four is currently nominated for four TV awards. Rachel has worked extensively with children and young people through workshops, drama clubs and schools across the UK.
AJJAZ AWAD – PUPPETEER
Ajjaz trained as an actor at The BRIT School, RADA and ALRA, where she became the first student to win the Lawrence Olivier Award bursary. Theatre credits include Bimwili and The Zimwi (Little Angel Theatre); Coffee? Cake? (Feminist Library). In the last 5 years has developed her work as a puppeteer. Puppetry Credits include: Peter & The Wolf, The Bridge, Goosebumps and puppetry direction on ‘Parallel:Yerma’ at The Young Vic Theatre.
CAMILO MENJURA – MUSICIAN
Camilo Menjura is a versatile and award-winning musician. After studying classical guitar in his native city of Bogotá, Colombia, Camilo moved to London in 2007. He has a degree in Music from the London Centre of Contemporary Music and specialised in Music Direction & Arranging. Camilo is extremely sought after as a choir leader, and has led singing workshops across the UK including the Southbank Centre and Shambala festival. As a guitarist, Camilo currently plays in bands of Latin American music, Sudanese music and English pop/folk. His guitar playing has also been featured in British film and TV. Learn more at : http://www.menjuramusic.com/
JUDITH HOPE – PUPPET MAKER
Judith is fascinated by the possibilities of creating beings which have the ability to live and breathe in the hands of a puppeteer. Her puppets range from the giant and illuminated (built recently for Wilderness and Shambala festivals) to the tiny and compact, which form part of a suitcase theatre. Her most recent commissions have been The Terrible Infants (For Les Enfants Terribles, Wiltons Music Hall), for Phoebe English, clothes designer (London Fashion Week and V&A Museum) and a Christmas commercial for Morrisons supermarket. Her giant puppets, The Cloud Travellers, recently appeared at Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionettes, an international festival of puppetry in Charleville, France. When not creating new puppets, Judith also teaches puppet making, most recently at the Bristol Festival of Puppetry and Little Angel Theatre. Learn more at www.judithhope.co.uk/