Storm takes to the streets for Fringe By The Sea
- Murray Robertson
- 9 July 2021
The huge kelp-haired puppet prepares to bring her green message to North Berwick
Scotland's largest puppet is set to make a spectacular return to land in North Berwick as part of this year's Fringe By The Sea festival. Composed of recycled and natural resources, Storm stands at ten metres tall, weighs about half a ton, and is controlled by a team of eight puppeteers.
Created by Edinburgh-based theatre company Vision Mechanics, on Sunday 15 August Storm will walk around the streets of North Berwick as part of a free outdoor theatrical performance. She will survey the natural beauty of the East Lothian coastline while promoting greater understanding and care for the environment. And with her eyes the colour of oyster shells and her hair made from thick strands of kelp, she'll be accompanied wherever she goes by a soundscape created by Scottish folk singer Mairi Campbell.
As part of the Year Of Coasts And Waters which has been running from 2020 and flows through to the end of this year, Storm is a totem of traditional Scottish folklore with her return to land carrying with it a strong environmental message about the crisis facing our oceans. First unveiled as part of last year's Celtic Connections, Storm follows Vision Mechanics' previous large-scale puppet, Big Man Walking, whose journey took him all the way to the Arctic Circle. Described as their most ambitious, challenging and politically resonant project yet, Storm is set to tour Scottish towns and villages in the autumn.
Storm, North Berwick, Sunday 15 August, time tbc, free; for full details closer to the time go to fringebythesea.com.