Salome Music & Puppetry Show
01 January 2006
Salome was a life-size puppet opera and was performed by Fluid Performance Group. The puppets were built by the Mayo Artsquad with the artistic guidance of Carmel Balfe. Some of these puppets were six foot tall but using techniques like hollow casting and foam pattern bodies they were surprisingly light to carry.
The cast were led by Stephen Doyle (director), Eriko Hopkinson(musical director), Carmel Balfe (artistic director) and Mick Smyth (producer).
Please check out Carmel's website by clicking here.
Most of the performers had never puppeteer before or taken part in an opera but within a few months of rehearsing you would never have known that. Salome was performed with the singers live onstage with the puppets. Some of the performers even learned how to sing opera for this production, thanks to their dedication and the hard work of Eriko.
Once the show was ready it went on a nationwide tour ending in a show that received a standing ovation in the Linenhall Arts Centre in the home town of Castlebar.
It was produced as a collaboration between Fluid and the Mayo Artsquad funded by FAS and Mayo Co. Council Arts Office.