Meet the Artists: Polly Beestone

Meet Polly! Who’s working on the Stewart Headlam Primary School Takeover Spring Festival.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

One of Polly's puppets from Shapla Primary School's Takeover festival in 2013.

One of Polly’s puppets from Shapla Primary School’s Takeover festival in 2013.

Hello, I’m Polly. I’m a workshop leader and I work with puppets.  In 2013 I worked on a Takeover project at Shapla Primary School and am very excited to be back working with Spitalfields Music on the Takeover Spring Festival.

What are you most looking forward to about your school’s Takeover festival?

The element of surprise! Children have such fantastic imaginations and I can’t wait to see the ideas they will dream up for their school. I’m also looking forward to working with such an exciting team of artists.

How did you come to start making puppets?

I always loved theatre and art and wanted to be an actor. I studied performing arts at college and got into theatre design. I loved parts of it but found the process too far removed from devising character and story. I came across puppetry which for me was where all these things came together.

 pollybeestoneWhat/who is your biggest inspiration and why?

People and their stories.

When you’re not making music/puppets/illustrations, what do you get up to?

Spending time with family and friends.

Could you share three favourite projects you’ve worked on recently?

Making giant kebabs with year 9 students and local older people in Stratford, making puppets for Peter Pan at the Polka theatre with the fantastic puppet team and working with a group of young puppeteers for a show about the history and magic of the fens.