Hopeful Monster formed in 2017 as a collaboration between Ella Mackay, Eti Meacock and Bori Mező, puppeteer-makers from Scotland, England and Hungary. They met while training at the Curious School of Puppetry and the Puppet Theatre Barge in London.
A hopeful monster is what you get when a sudden genetic mutation produces a radically new organism. Like its evolutionary namesake, the company aims to create work that is weird and wonderful, playing with the possibilities of puppetry in its widest sense and delighting in the unusual visual creations that might emerge.
Hopeful Monster is part of a wider community of puppeteers and artists who have helped as guest directors, advice givers and general supporters.