Efe, the digital face

Our digital face puppet began life as Arts Council England research and development project to explore the combination of back-projected film and animation with puppetry and sculpture.

The translucent fibreglass face was created by our associate artist, Mel Roberts, who later, through Manchester International Festival’s Creative Lab ’19 initiative, joined forces with pioneering developer and coder, Jo Portus, to develop Efe’s abilities.

Now Efe truly comes to life. Operated digitally, rather than mechanically, Efe’s projections and expressions are controlled by the puppeteer who uses an app to transmit his or her own facial movements.

  • 1 digital face puppet
  • 1 puppeteer
  • 1-2 stewards

10 to 30 minutes each

  • Free parking for a large transit or Luton van
  • Secure dressing and storage area out of wind & rain, preferably with large entrance and 2.5 – 3 metres high
  • Clear path to dressing area
  • 2 dedicated charging sockets in dressing area
  • Lighting and table in dressing area
  • No obstructions in performance area (e.g. trees, cables etc.)
  • Stewarding of the audience appropriate for the event
  • African, Nigerian, Yoruban
  • light projection, 3D animation, video art
  • Illuminated evening events
  • Carnivals, parades, festivals, parties, stage shows
  • Family-friendly
  • Community events
  • Corporate events

One month notice usually required.

Last-minute bookings are sometimes available.

  • Static illuminated sculptural piece
  • Static unlit translucent sculpture
  • An indoor venue (high ceilings only)
  • Available as a single character-puppet piece
  • Add a 7 piece robot percussion band
  • Add 1-10 African-style dancers

Mel Roberts and Jo Portus

Bring a bit of Efe magic to your event

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