Brunskill and Grimes create shows, parades and unique experiences with breathtaking puppets at the centre of their work.
Jackie The Baboon
Jackie the Baboon tells the astonishing true story of a chacma baboon who is found by a soldier and taken to war as a mascot by the 3rd South African Infantry. Jackie is given a uniform and serves in the trenches of the Great War for three years, including the infamous Battle of Devil's Wood. Illuminating, heartbreaking and groundbreaking, this visually rich show features innovative puppetry, ensemble acting and an original score to tell the life story of this incredible baboon and take you through Work War 1 from a unique point of view.
We have partnered with Art House Jersey, with support from University of Surrey, for a further period of research and development for an industry launch in London in October 2018 with a view to tour the show in 2019.
More details coming soon.
Jackie the Baboon was initially developed with support from Arts Council England, University of Surrey and Orange Tree Theatre.
Alistair Brammer, Matthew Churcher, Terry Davies, Darren Hart, Emma Laxton, Jen McGinley, Emma Thornett, Sam Wilmott, Stanton Wright
Summer 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of Longleat Safari Park. Brunskill & Grimes were commissioned to create an end of day theatrical celebration featuring a large scale puppet, floats, dancers, live music and interaction with the audiences.
Jimmy designed and built a 7ft tall lion puppet and worked with professional puppeteers as well as training staff from Longleat to puppeteer.
Andy directed the event which was attended by thousands of visitors each day over the Summer.
Longleat Safari Park | July - Sep 2016 Director Andy Brunskill Puppetry Director/Designer Jimmy Grimes Puppet built by David Cauchi & Jimmy Grimes Composer Andrew McKenna Puppeteers James Duncan, Chris Milford, Emma Thornett
THE SPACE BETWEEN
Lucy is running away. But she makes a discovery: a creature she’s never seen anything like before. And it needs her help. Where is it from? Why is it scared? Where is it going?
A moving, exciting, funny exploration of communication, friendship and opening up to other people's worlds.
Created with Young Vic Taking Part for a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) audience.
The Young Vic | July 2017 Director/Writer Andy Brunskill Puppet Director/Designer Jimmy Grimes Designer Rosanna Vize Sound Designer/Composer Peter Rice Lighting Designer Nicki Brown
Cast Sam Clark, James Duncan, Lee McLaughlin, Steinunn McQueen
Duck Death And The Tulip
Duck, Death and the Tulip is a puppet piece adapted from the classic children's picture book by Wolf Erlbruch.
It tells the story of a Duck, who meets Death and and develops an unusual relationship. With puppets inspired by the original artwork, and an original score the piece moved audiences from 8 years to adults.
This show has been developed and will be out on tour in 2019. Further details to be announced.
Orange Tree Theatre | June 2014
Director Andy Brunskill Puppetry Director/Designer Jimmy Grimes Composer Ben Murray Cast Ashleigh Cheadle, Tom Kirk, Christopher Staines
Christmas Reindeer Parade
Christmas 2017 saw us create a unique, bespoke experience for Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield featuring three larger-than-life Reindeer puppets: a mother, a father and a calf.
These magnificent beasts paraded through the shopping centre, interacting with the public and creating a unique Christmas encounter for people of all ages.
Meadowhall Shopping Centre | November-December 2017
Director/Producer Andy Brunskill Puppet Director/Designer Jimmy Grimes Assistant Puppet Makers Alex Genn-Bash, Hugh Purves Additional Puppet Makers Rebecca Chan, Francesca Mama-Rudd, Lydia Smith Santa Costume Design Hugh Purves Puppet Captain Kim Scopes Cast Michelle Allan, David Burchhardt, James Colley, Chloe Crump, Amy Cullingworth, Duncan Nightingale, Amber-Rose Perry, Johnny Quick, Kim Scopes, John Slater, Elena Stephenson, Jennifer Dawn Williams
This Moose Belongs To Me
Adapted from Oliver Jeffers’ beautifully illustrated book, this project was initially supported with two stages of development at The Unicorn Theatre.
It tells the story of Wilfred, a little boy who says he owns a moose. This may or may not be true. This is a journey about the meaning of friendship and the way we engage with the natural world.
This production is planned for May 2020 with a subsequent tour. Further details to follow.
Patrick Fleming, Darren Hart, Adam Pleeth, Stanton Wright
Hollow was commissioned as part of the egg's Incubator programme under a Leverhulme Scholarship. It culminated in a showcase at the egg at Theatre Royal Bath in September 2017.
A barn owl, perfect in its natural element, is torn from its harmony by a passing truck. It’s discovered by a teenage boy, Luke, tensely glued to his phone as he tries to cope with the cause of his bruised face and torn uniform.
Before he can work out how to deal with the owl he is interrupted by Mike, an eager stranger in his late 30s. Luke looks like he needs some help, and Mike seems friendly enough. But maybe neither of these is true.
Mike is an odd man out, struggles with social interactions, and yet seems determined to give Luke life lessons. Luke appears reclusive and determined not to be discovered by a gang of local boys. Both don’t really understand the nature of this encounter, but an uneasy alliance develops as these two outsiders try to work out how to help the injured owl. Whether it wants that help or not.
Challenging the familiar 'child befriends cute animal' story: outsiders, inexpertness, misunderstanding, belonging and our relationship to nature all collide in this dark, oddly funny new play.
The full play is in development with plans for a production in 2019.
James Backway, Tim Bell, Ashleigh Cheadle, Sam Clarke, Nick Figgis, Jamie Luck
From 2012-2016 we worked on the international smash hit Warhorse, ending up as Associate Director and Associate Puppet Director, under which capacity we auditioned, cast and directed the new companies.
Telling the now classic story of a friendship of a boy and his horse, this show continues to wow audiences around the world.
Visit www.warhorseonstage.com for details of the current production.