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Monday 5 February 2018

Our second-year performance students are putting their creative skills to the test for their forthcoming production of Madagascar – a musical adventure, opening 7 March 2018.  

This year, students are focusing on using puppetry techniques, along with dancing and music based on the DreamWorks Animation motion picture. Annie Sanger-Davies, who is directing the project, explains the rationale for selecting this production: "Students wanted to put on a show that was fun and uplifting. With increasing demand for family theatre and associated skills, this was deemed the perfect choice.  

"Puppetry is becoming an essential skill for a rounded performer, with high profile shows such as Warhorse, Lion King and Avenue Q utilising these techniques, so we were keen our students learn these new skills." 

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The students have been working with professional puppeteer Annie Brooks to develop their knowledge and create characters for the show. Annie is the artistic director of theatre company, Colossal Crumbs, which specialises in making highly visual theatre with puppets. She has designed and made puppets for Strangeface, Birmingham Stage Company, Whalley Range All Stars and Colossal Crumbs. Annie has performed most recently with Pins and Needles, Gomito, Whalley Range All Stars and Foul Play Productions.  

To develop their puppets further, students visited Marwell Zoo to research how animals move, sleep and eat, helping to bring the production and characters to life.

Students making their models

This exciting performance opens on 7 March 2018 at Studio 144, Southampton. To book your place visit www.nstheatres.co.uk or call 023 8067 1771. Tickets £5, concessions £3.