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South East Creatives: Peter Morton

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Peter Morton, Half A String

Peter is a visual artist and designer who specialises in intricate puppets and clever set design. He is artistic director of Half a String, an award winning visual theatre company that touring regularly across the UK. Half a String works regularly around the south east with venues to deliver workshops and have forged a reputation for intricate puppetry and complex set design through numerous commissions for other companies across the UK.

After graduating from the University of Kent he co-ran Knuckle and Joint Theatre Company for 4 years alongside successfully designing sets and puppets for a number of companies including; Half Moon Theatre, Theatre Témoin, Sparkle and Dark, The Gulbenkian, Futures Theatre, Access All Areas. In 2013 he worked with the National Theatre’s War Horse outreach programme.

Half a String create, explore, and share spectacular worlds to get lost in. Through high quality live performance, powerful original stories are told crossing generations to create shared meaningful experiences. Design is at the forefront of everything we do, with miraculous transforming sets bringing a collective wonder of discovery. Intricate detailed puppetry finds the epic in the tiny, and focuses on the importance of the small. With live atmospheric music that explores and creates living, breathing soundscapes with-in our work.

Half a String champions imagination and finds the joy in creation. As well as live performance we publish books, release albums, and create digital work to enrich the experience of our projects. We take great pride in hosting workshops to empower others of all ages to find their own form of creativity and imagination.

South East Creatives has supported me through a Top-up Grant, this was used to purchase really important equipment to develop my practice and contribute to the sustainability of my work as an artist. The first was through the workshop equipment to support by design and construction work for Half a String touring theatre shows and commissions for other companies. This has really helped me develop processes and prolong the life of what I already had. This grant also supported my touring work as part of Half a String. The purchase of sound and visual technical equipment has made touring productions with Half a String easier, reducing hitting costs and ensuring we are self sufficient. This has meant we are able to tour to more venues and reach more people with our work.  

Find out more about Half A String here:

Half A String - Youtube Channel

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