Walkbout interactive puppetry characters.
Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth
With unique performances that are as beautiful as they are funny, The Flying Buttresses continue to capture the hearts of audiences worldwide. Their strength comes from their dual commitment to stunning special effects and magical characterisations. The hugely popular Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth, an enchanting, interactive puppetry walkabout featuring an elderly couple of miniature proportions, with huge personalities and a not-so-firm grip on the ways of modern living. Having lived by themselves for hundreds of years, blissfully unaware of the changing world around them, this pint-sized pair have ventured out in search of fame, fortune and friendship, touring the world with their possessions strapped to their backs. Although billed as a walkabout, the show is often a series of small, static performances when crowds who are drawn to the ingenious illusion seem to find it impossible to leave whether they are participating in Hodman’s legendary dance routine; or being regaled with long-winded stories of past adventures… but then what would you expect from a pair of ramblers! A truly original and spellbinding performance.
A totally unique animatronic creature, fitted with custom built mechanisms and actuators that allow the hidden puppeteer to animate the various features of Pongo, from the subtlest fluttering of his eye lids to magnificent leaps and bounds. Building on their reputation for exquisite characterisation and seamless illusion, The Flying Buttresses present their brand new interactive Walkabout act: Pongo! Inquisitive, affectionate, adorable and cheeky; the world’s only eight-foot baby Obobee bird is loved by adults and children alike for his charming personality and stunning appearance. This playful hatchling is accompanied by eccentric pet shop owner Bill Oddity, an inter-dimensional travelling salesman with a menagerie of the galaxy’s most extraordinary creatures and a sales technique that is out of this world. Watch out or you might end up going home with a feathery new friend!
The news about Christmas is only just reaching the far off country of Obliva (the home of Hodman and Sally) and some of the details may have become lost in translation. Our intrepid heroes know its got something to do with keeping people distracted on the doorstep listening to terrible singing, whilst your little helper sneaks down the chimney and fills their sack with milk and biscuits. A tastefully festive reworking of the act.