With many years experience as a theatre practitioner Gavin Glover specialises in puppetry, live feed micro cinema, short film making and exhibition installations. Amongst his original influences are the surreal film animators Jan Svankmajer, the Quay Brothers, film maker David Lynch and Polish theatre maker Tadeus Kantor.
Having toured his fabulously dark style of work all over the world with the cult theatre company Faulty Optic, he now makes short films and collaborates with others creating shows, designing, making, coaching and running workshops for all theatre and arts based practitioners.
1987–2011: faulty optic
Faulty Optic broke down the concept of puppetry being just for kids by producing an entertaining mixture of surreal imagery, non-verbal narrative and mechanical theatre. 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 strange tales that unfolded and the atmospheres of dislocated reality 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 folded in 2011.
See the archive ➝ Faulty Optic