Puppet Master: Toby Olié

How the British puppeteer is redefining the creative potential of the art form.

WORDS BY TASH COWLEY

LONDON — THEATRE — Issue 7

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“These are twice life-size...so, including the body, they’re about 12ft!” Dialing in via Zoom from his studio in London, Toby Olié has pulled the disembodied head of Pinocchio’s father, Geppetto, from a set of shelves teeming with curious creatures. A jewel-green, spindly-legged cricket, and an inquisitive bird with sapphire plumage are just two of the many puppets peering down, longing to be picked up and given a pulse. Toby is a serious name in this world; as a Puppetry Director and Designer, Toby’s rich catalogue of work in the theatre includes War Horse, Pinocchio, A Monster Calls, Little Shop of Horrors, and many more. In the midst of developing two new projects, Toby sat

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Toby Olié by Michael Wharley

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