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Founded in 1996, Garlic Theatre is a visual theatre company that uses image, puppet animation, movement and live music to create theatre productions of artistic excellence.

Productions have reached young audiences in theatres, festivals, art centres and schools throughout the United Kingdom and have toured 15 international countries, winning 5 awards in International Puppet Festivals.

Garlic Theatre aims to challenge, entertain and stimulate people of all ages through work which encourages imaginative play and develops a new awareness of the power of puppet animation.

Garlic Theatre works within a collaborative artistic process and employs guest directors, storytelling consultants and musicians to work on their productions.

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IKLOOSHAR MALARA
Co-Artistic Director of the Company

Iklooshar studied English Literature at Oxford University before co-founding Big Wheel Theatre Company in 1986.  The Company specialised in devised adaptations of the classics for theatre. Iklooshar worked as a co director for their theatre-in-education workshops which toured England, France, Holland and Scandinavia. Iklooshar also directed three youth operas with West Oxfordshire Arts Association.

A fully qualified teacher, Iklooshar has trained with Philippe Genty, Theatre de Complicite, Philippe Gaulier , Enno Podehl and Jan Feng and for ten years  worked as a freelance actress, puppeteer and musician with U.K. Companies such as Forest Forge, Interplay, SNAP, Norwich Playhouse, Faulty Optic, Norwich Puppet Theatre and Theatre Rites.

In 1997 she founded the Garlic Theatre which has toured nationally and internationally with nine productions; Rapunzel, George and the Dragon, Sindbad the Sailor, Flea Circus, Fiddlesticks, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Billy Goats Gruff and The Magnificent Flying Machine and Old Mother Hubbard.  Members of the Company devise all productions and Iklooshar specialises in composing the music for the productions as well as co-designing, making and performing. The Company have played in International Festivals in 16 countries outside the UK and won many prizes.

In Norfolk, Iklooshar has directed Apple Pip for Nutmeg Theatre and has worked with Creative Arts East on an Out of the Box project bringing creative workshops to the elderly in residential homes.

Iklooshar has worked with Creative Partnerships in Schools in Norfolk and in 2010 has worked with Sheila Wigg in the Litcham Early Literacy Project, bringing Billy Goats Gruff to many settings and producing a CD and learning materials to accompany the show. In 2011 Iklooshar has received a bursary from the Puppet Centre Trust for developing animation skills related to puppetry. She is also touring Fiddlesticks in the UK.


 

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MARK PITMAN
Co-Artistic Director of the Companyy

Mark worked as a model maker before training in mime and movement with Desmond Jones and attending Jacques Lecoq’s school in Paris.

Mark initiated drama and puppetry workshops at Ravenswood for adults with special needs. He worked for many years at Norwich Puppet Theatre with directors Ray Da-Silva, Barry Smith and Luis Boy, and worked as a performer for many productions, as well as directing and building shows for the theatre.

Mark was part-time tutor for puppetry and manipulation and construction at the Central School for Speech and Drama in London for six years from 1995.

After directing the Garlic Theatre’s production of Rapunzel in 1996, he became a partner in April 1997 and has toured nationally and internationally with nine productions Rapunzel, George and the Dragon, Sindbad the Sailor, Flea Circus, Fiddlesticks, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Billy Goats Gruff and The Magnificent Flying Machine and Old Mother Hubbard.

Members of the Company devise all productions and Mark specialises in making, movement direction and performing. The Company have played in International Festivals in 16 countries outside the UK and won many prizes.

Mark works as a free-lance director with U.K. Companies that tour nationally such as Banyan, DNA and Nutmegand Mike Chase for the Mask Studio.

Mark has directed Alice and the White Rabbit for Indigo Moon and Morgenstern and Around the World in a Teakettlefor Tineola Theatre in Prague which premiered in Berlin in October 2008. He directed Sindbad for the Andersen Theatre in Lublin in September 2009. He currently performs Little Red Robin Hood. In 2011 he will be teaching Mask in performance for students in Iasi Romania and in 2012 he will be running a 10 week course in Mask at the Norwich Puppet Theatre.



Profile by Penny Francis MBE


"If you wanted to imagine a list of qualifications for running a successful modern theatre company using puppetry as its prime expressive medium, the following might serve well: training and practical experience in corporal skills, mime, mask, clowning, musicianship, model-making, stage management, acting, light, sound. And, of course a deal of professional work in puppetry making and manipulation. The two directors of Garlic Theatre, founded in 1996, have all of these, and Mark Pitman and Iklooshar Malara run one of England’s best companies in the field."

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