A highly talented
costume designer, Glenn, for many years, toured his own marionette show
to community venues, establishing himself as a much sought after
entertainer due to the unequalled quality of his figures.
More recently, after
undertaking a more formal two year study in art and design, he has
diversified into making costumes for the theatre and other
freelance puppetry including TV and commercials.
Glenn has worked on
numerous puppet characters for TV and stage and
collaborated with Ian Denny on lecture/demonstration workshops, devising
many new ideas to generate enthusiasm in puppet making and allow
students to produce impressive results quickly and easily.
Recently, he has been involved with several Midlands-based community
arts projects bringing puppet-making to local schools.
Glenn's puppets never cease to
amaze with the flair of their design and painstaking attention to detail
which is their trademark. His creations are truly works of art in
their own right.
Ian's involvement in puppetry was given a head start
by being fortunate to work with Eric Bramall and Chris Somerville at
the Harlequin Marionette
Theatre. An invaluable grounding in marionette
He went on to spend four years
working in the theatre, making stage props and
scenery, while building up his own marionette variety act, which he
subsequently toured for fifteen years including five years of coast to
coast touring in the USA. He also appeared as a Speciality Act on
the Cabaret Circuit and Summer Season.
Other engagements have included manipulation of a
marionette alien creature in a science fiction film shot in Canada,
freelance manipulation for TV, pop video and commercials.
In recent years, in collaboration with
Glenn Holden, Ian has worked mainly on puppetry lecture/demonstration
workshops, while producing marionettes for new production "Beauty & the
Beast". In 2005, Ian was honoured to be asked to take over
the reins from Douglas Hayward in supervising the Hayward Puppet
Exhibition on permanent display at Staffordshire County Museum,
Shugborough Estate, near Stafford.