“...brilliant puppet theatre maker Gavin Glover” Sunday Herald Review. Scotland
Puppet Designer, Director and Writer
With many years experience as a theatre practitioner Gavin Glover specialises in puppetry, livefeed micro cinema, film making and Art installations.
I have always worked in the more disturbing side of contemporary puppet theatre. I have trained ghosts for the National Theatre of Scotland, tamed foul-mouthed pterodactyls for the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and encouraged drunken bar fights at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. My recent short films have received critical acclaim from The Guardian, BBC’s Front Row and The Stage.
Having toured a deliciously dark style of work all over the world with the cult theatre company Faulty Optic, I now really enjoy making short films and installations and collaborating with other artists.
As well as creating my own work, I am always happy to discuss performance and making commissions, coaching and teaching puppet manipulation, microcinema and Film & TV work in the UK and abroad.
Faulty Optic 1987–2011
Faulty Optic broke down the concept of puppetry being just for kids by producing a mixture of dark surreal imagery, non-verbal narrative and mechanical theatre more suitable for an adult audience.
The strange tales that unfolded, the atmospheres of dislocated reality and oblique happenings were often described as Beckettian or Pythonesque. Increasingly FaultyOptic explored the use of live-feed video projection, simple film animation and pre-recorded video.
The company toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Canada and the US often with the help of Arts Council England and The British Council. The company folded in 2011
See the archive ➝ Faulty Optic