The Magical Place

The Lambert Puppet Theatre

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''WOAH! I'VE BEEN WORKING IN A PUPPET THEATRE!!'' Was the line I lead with meeting everyone and anyone in the run up to my trip to Milan.

Aladdin and the Princess awaiting their finishing touches  

Aladdin and the Princess awaiting their finishing touches  

An emporer, two Mothers, two Princesses and three Aladdin's on the painting table

An emporer, two Mothers, two Princesses and three Aladdin's on the painting table

It was The Lambert Puppet Theatre, one of the coolest, most magical-est places I've ever been. I was beyond delighted when Jason Lambert agreed to have me down for a few days work, days before the opening of their Christmas show 'Aladdin'.

Earlier this year the theatre was struck by an arson attack just months before 'Aladdin' was due premiere. Re-painting puppets, spray painting sharks and gluing spooky spiders are just some of the tasks I had to enjoy. 

The Shark waiting for his spray paint 

The Shark waiting for his spray paint 

A box of Spiders

A box of Spiders

Some fish on a line  

Some fish on a line  

At any given moment anything bizzare could happen in and around the theatre. Sound testing the cackling laughs of 'The Baddie', blarring through the hallways to puppeteers calling out for the whereabouts of 'The Emperors' hands. Things that no one could predict.

The 'Baddie' being repainted 

The 'Baddie' being repainted 

Some glow in the dark chattering skulls

Some glow in the dark chattering skulls

The Princesses  

The Princesses  

There's no end to the amount of randomness that could happen in a short days work there. Everywhere you look there's something incredible to see, boxes of big hairy spiders, tiny hands drying on a rack, a giant Octopus in a bag?! Anything!       

Some tiny varnished hands drying on the rack  

Some tiny varnished hands drying on the rack  

An Octopus in a bag  

An Octopus in a bag  

See the magic for yourself, Aladdin opened on the 14th November and runs until the 31st of January!  

Jxx