A hopeful monster is what you get when a sudden genetic mutation creates a radically new organism. Such individuals are most likely plain monstrous and doomed to extinction. But every so often a hopeful monster is born; a mutant with an evolutionary future and the potential to take its species in an unexpected new direction.
Constantly shifting and changing, human hands move and morph in unusual ways, creating unexpected creatures as we journey through water, earth and air. A story of survival and struggle, of connection and transformation and a reminder of the playfulness of living. After all, we humans are animals too.
An innovative and playful visual journey combining visual theatre, an original soundtrack and puppetry. An exploration of all living things being made of the same fundamental building blocks. As in evolution, Hopeful Monsters starts with a single element (the hand), pushes it to its limits and sees how much it can do and become.
Hopeful Monster is the company’s debut show. With unusual visuals and detailed movement, an original soundtrack and no spoken dialogue, it is a bold piece of physical performance which has been performed in England, Scotland, France, Australia and Lithuania.
“The simple joy of discovery and the elegance of taking simple components takes us on a fabulous transforming adventure” – Associate Director, Creative Technology Company
Hopeful Monster formed in 2017 as a collaboration between Ella Mackay, Eti Meacock and Bori Mező, puppeteer-makers from Scotland, England and Hungary. They met while training at the Curious School of Puppetry and the Puppet Theatre Barge in London.