Strangeface and TWR

Russell Dean’s mask and puppet company Strangeface is developing a piece to go into schools that will address the refugee crisis

Strangeface and TWR

from a different perspective. The company has turned its attention in recent years to the power puppets and masks have to reveal the way we interpret the world around us, most recently producing a show, funded by The Wellcome Trust, which explored cognitive dissonance via a puppet hitman.

Strangeface’s new piece is designed to key into the secondary PSHE and Citizenship curricula. Deliberately non-political, it will investigate the brain’s varying responses to mistruths and fear of the other. Part performance and part immersive workshop, the piece hopes to inspire a greater knowledge of self and to help students trust their ability to reach informed and positive decisions.

Russell sends thanks to the TWR members who rushed from their pancakes on 28 February to help with a brainstorming session at the University of Kent’s Tonbridge Centre (thanks to them, too, for the room). It was a stimulating evening which helped show that, despite the seriousnessof the subject matter, it is possible to address the refugee crisis in an entertaining and engaging manner. Strangeface will now be preparing various grant applications for this project which it’s hoped will tour the south east and beyond. Watch this space!