All the bits of our mechanical horse and cart are now fully completed. I have also finished my mechanical M.C. costume, though I am still working on one or two little props and things.
I am currently working on a loud-hailer made from a reclaimed traffic cone.
We had got various different parts of the horse assembled at various times, but it was a very nice moment when we finally had everything, apart from the little buggy for people to sit on, connected together. One of the reasons we haven’t had everything connected at once while we’ve been making it, is the issue of space. The issue of space to make and space to store the horse has been dogging us from the beginning of the project.
For this reason, it was great to hear we had a shop window to display the horse in for the week preceding the performance on June 2nd. If you are in the area, you can see it in the window of Bentham Imaging on Main Street, Bentham. Not only that, but we will be doing the performance directly outside this shop on the day, so it is very convenient. Ali Jones from Pioneer Projects, (who commissioned the project for the “My Last CARnival” day), was very keen on getting it into a shop window as, when it comes out for the performance, it will be like it coming out of its stable.
I also came up with the name of “Fred Fettler” for our inventor character played by Tim Austin, who will be in the driving seat of the machine. Having not come up with any better ideas I have plumped for the “Pony 3000” as the name of the vehicle. The “3000” is meant to indicate that it is from the year 3000 as the pedal powered horse is meant to illustrate an idea of what the future of transport could be.
Here are more pictures of the work in progress:
We have also been booked for the Buxton Puppet Festival since my last post, which is happening at the end of July. We will be doing a Shadow Puppet workshop in the morning and two afternoon performances of Alice in Wonderland on Tuesday the 24th. See the “Where You Can See Me” page for more details.