In our second round of rehearsals we were joined by a new member, the Mother Lyma Bird! Trying to walk and move with our new feathery friend was quite a task and a few bruises and some sore muscles were incurred along the way.
We focused our time on finding a controlled and sustainable rhythm between the puppeteer and 12 foot puppet. We all practiced walking around the rehearsal space with different speeds, exploring the extremities of the neck and head movements and not forgetting squawking, plenty of bird screeching!
We went through a catalogue of bird noises in different states of activity, such as resting, feeding, fighting and foraging. We experimented with many different types of bird calls on each other and eventually merged them with traits of human behaviour. For example, what does a Peruvian Parrot sound like when it laughs? Or mumbles? Or even burps?
Mixing all our discoveries together enabled us to develop a presentation between Dr. Newbury and her favourite Lyma Bird, in which the well respected ornithologist explains the plight of the endangered species. However, we still need to find the answer to the lost hatchlings, some audience participation may have to be organised for the third round of rehearsals!
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