At the Creature Works we design, build & perform animatronic stars for the global events industry. If you are seeking a unique brand ambassador with a living breathing presence at your event, we are your one stop shop. Providing off the shelf or bespoke characters designed to your specifications, beautifully photographed for publicity purposes, then shipped to your event with a crew of performer/technicians. Offering daily performances that fuse special effects artistry with street theatre spectacle, to create unforgettable connections between your audience and your event.
We are always happy to discuss projects with clients at any stage of development, assisting with concept development and design where required, or realising a fully resolved design to your specifications. We encourage clients to approach us with as much notice as possible, to allow time for the design process and where required, any research & development. If you are planning something similar or would like to discuss high-quality large scale puppet characters, please call our Birmingham office on +44(0) 121 661 6561
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Aldour Events festival production team approached the Creature Works for our character design services. Remal International Festival needed world class entertainment solutions that celebrated the Theme of A Thousand and One Nights, for a broad multi national demographic. The four characters and their performers were delivered to Kuwait on time and within budget, where they resided for seven weeks performing three times daily without malfunction.
Prince Amir & the Camel provided large scale spectacle and walkabout whilst celebrating the camel as the host nations national animal. Constant connections were made between the event and the visiting public by the talkative Meerkat, who espoused his take on the Arabian Nights and the important if unrecognised role he had played in the tales!
Nomadica drew on the Bedouin roots of the host culture, infused with the magical and animistic elements found within the Arabian Nights. The clients brief challenged the Creature Works for our take on traditional moving statues, in response we created these slow, silent giants.
Both acts employed animatronic puppetry and were equipped with onboard sound systems playing atmospheric music. In addition the Nomads had internal smoke systems that allowed an erie mist to escape from their heads.
Vectis Ventures a tourism and leisure group active on the Isle of Wight since the 1800's contacted our Creature Works to create bespoke ambassador characters for their adventure parks...
Blackgang Chine commissioned four prehistoric characters for their interactive dinosaur shows. The brief called for two walkable characters and two wearable babies. All characters featured latex skins, moving mouths, eyes, as well as onboard sound systems that allowed them to chirp, roar, snuffle and snort. In addition the two baby characters were equipped with false arm illusion jackets allowing them to be used as walkabout characters.
Robin Hill commissioned two mascot puppet characters for a live stage show within their park. The Elder character to carry the weight of the narrative and the younger to build a bridge between the audience and the story. The Creation Centre designed, built and delivered the characters in person, before workshopping theses complex puppets with the cast.
Indonesia: SKET productions partnered with Creature Encounter to create an Indo/Anglo panto for Jakarta's Sumarecon Mal Serpong. Built around our existing Epico performance SKET added a full size castle stage set, dancing coutiers, a pantomime villain, and a beautiful princess. Lasting 45mins and performed 3 times daily in Indonesian and English, the unique collaboration was reported across national media and attracted audiences of up to 3000 per show. The increased footfall secured an extended run with the show contracted to return the following year.
Estonia: With a dance number rehersed in the UK, Squawk flew in for Tallins International Childrens Festival to perform to a pre-recorded sound track within a larger show. This enabled the producers to create and record dialogue for our birds in Estonian. With minimal rehersal our characters would enter, hit their marks, lip sync to the dialogue and exit. Enabling our characters to comment on their shows action and the producers to weave our characters into their larger shows narrative.
Both these co-productions illustrate the universal and eternal appeal of puppetry arts, in their power to communicate beyond language cross-culturally. With pre-recorded dialogue or creative theatrical approaches to interpretation, the symbolic power of puppetry and our characters can draw and hold an audience anywhere in the world.