Hopeful Monster

Hopeful Monster formed in 2017 as a collaboration between Ella Mackay, Eti Meacock and Bori Mező. Three puppeteer-makers from different countries, 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 us out from the get-go as guest directors, advice givers and general supporters.

Meet The Company

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Ella Mackay

Ella is a puppeteer and maker based in Glasgow. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art, trained at the Curious School of Puppetry and the London School of Puppetry. She has a particular interest in the versatility of hands and can often be caught fidgetting with them in peculiar ways. Her interest in puppetry stems from the desire to conveying emotion through movement and to explore the idea of self, other and the blurred line in between. She is compelled by the uncanny moment of looking into a puppet's eyes and empathising as if there is an emotional, wondering thing looking back and what this can say about the experience of being and connection. She also performs as Nudge Puppets.
Website: www.ellamackay.co.uk
Facebook: @nudgepuppets
Instagram: nudge_puppets

Eti Meacock

Eti is a puppeteer, maker and painter born and bred in London. She has a background in Fine Art from Brighton University, but with her fascination for all things animal and corporal she probably should have become an evolutionary biologist instead. She went on to train as a performer at the Curious School of Puppetry, The Puppet Theatre Barge, and Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, as well as taking courses in puppet making with Puppets in Prague and Stephen Mottram. Although her work as a freelance puppeteer has opened up some exciting opportunities, like being the left shoulder of a giant polar bear or animating pieces of rigatoni pasta, she is primarily interested in the process of devising new work and also collaborates with Mirth & Misery and Kate Powell to do so.
Instagram: eophila_eti
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Bori Mezö

With a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies, she moved from Budapest to London to train on the Puppet Theatre Barge. This was a few years ago, but she will never forget the excitement of the first time she was given a marionnette to walk across the stage. Since then she’s trained as a maker and performer with John Roberts, Puppets in Prague and the Curious School of Puppetry. She finds it fascinating how a character can become so real that it gains consciousness; and how impossible you can get without losing the audience’s perfect trust and belief.
Instagram: borimezo