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'House of Funny Noises' commissioned for "Sanctuary in Creativity" Puppet Film

We carried out an England-wide call out for puppetry artists to pitch ideas for our Sanctuary in Creativity commission - a new puppet-based short film that will tell the story of Beverley and be exhibited in Beverley Minster and online this summer.

Introducing the chosen artists, the House of Funny Noises...

House of Funny Noises logo

Who are the House of Funny Noises?

The House of Funny Noises are a Bristol-based film collective that aims to delight and surprise audiences with short, sweet and unusual puppet films. Their primary focus is short format media as a way to explore experimental visuals and concise, thought provoking storytelling.

Set for the Bristol 48h Puppet Film Challenge Trailer

Originally formed during the first lockdown of 2020, the House of Funny Noises has three founding members: Cat Rock, Helena Houghton and Izzy Bristow. These three creatives frequently collaborate with local artists, friends and other art groups to make their work as striking as possible.

"Snot", short film set and puppet

In their short time working together they have been featured at puppet slams around the world, produced the first Bristol 48h Puppet Film Festival, received awards for several of their films and even made one panel of judges 'squirm in horror and delight'. "Snot" (pictured left) won Best Puppetry in the LA Puppetry Guilds Halloween 48h Puppet film Project 2020.

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What will this commission mean to House of Funny Noises?

Cat Rock puppeteering the Slingjaw Wrasse

Cat, Helena, and Izzy are thrilled to be working with Beverley Puppet Festival for the Sanctuary in Creativity puppet film commission. The project really resonates with the artists as they themselves are a collaboration born out of lockdown, creating their own creative sanctuary during this testing time for theatre and the arts. Using this period of isolation to grow, develop and build their creative practice, the House of Funny Noises is primed and ready to sink their teeth into this collaboration.

A 2cm pigeon puppet with moving wings

As a group looking for interesting stories to tell through their unique lense and medium, this Beverley Puppet Festival commission offers them a gold mine of opportunity. They plan to use a variety of puppet and artistic styles mixed with bespoke visual storytelling to capture the spirit and people of Beverley. They can't wait to start sifting through all the stories submitted for the project. The House of Funny Noises hopes they can spin these incredible remembrances and future hopes for this incredible place into something truly special.

Sanctuary in Creativity artwork by Rachael Horner

Submit your Beverley story and be in with a chance of winning

2 x event passes to Beverley Puppet Festival 2022!

Beverley Puppet Festival and Beverley Minster invite you to share your memories and thoughts of Beverley to be used as inspiration for the puppetry film commission, which will be exhibited in Summer 2021 in the Minster. Did you grow up here? Do you live here now? Do you travel to Beverley for work? Do you go to school here? What is your fondest memory of Beverley? Where do you see Beverley in 20 years? We’re interested in hearing your story of Beverley.

What will happen to my story? Your story may be used as inspiration by the House of Funny Noises, who will be producing a short puppetry film that celebrates the story of Beverley. The film will be displayed online and in Beverley Minster June-July 2021. We may share your stories on our website or social media channels but will not include any provided contact details in these instances.

Find out more here and how to enter the competition:

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