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The Book of Dust

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage


Book by Philip Pullman and adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery

Directed by Zoë Templeman Young

Set and Costume Design by Amy Maguire Lewis

Puppetry Design by Alexandra Kay and Jodie Yates

Lighting Design by Ren Liberta

Production Photography by Kirsten McTernan

After the successful run at the Bridge Theatre in London, The Richard Burton Theatre Company at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama presented The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage in the winter of 2022 season. 

A prequelle to Philip Pullman’s visionary series of His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage follows the delightful young characters and their dæmons as they desperately try to keep the baby Lyra Belacqua safe during a biblical hunt and ultimate man-hunt. 

This production included over 36 puppets built by a making team of RWCMD students. 


I made the marmoset monkey from carved foam for the body, plywood with joints for the legs, and the face was scukpted from clay and the cast with Worbla. Rendered with dyed textiles and paint. 

I also made the mouth mechanism for a dog, sculpted smaller puppets, and rendered other puppets including “Ben” the dog and the lizard.

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