Puppet regime: a day in the life of two cabaret puppets
Leathery ne’er-do-wells Boris and Sergey have been up to no good in Dalston and Soho
Boris and Sergey are a couple of two-foot-high, filthy little Balkan charmers, and the stars of their own semi-improvised grown-up bunraku (Japanese puppet theatre) show. The puppeteers’ visibility does nothing to undermine this duo’s seedy allure, whether they’re mounting cod-blockbuster set-pieces or losing their souls at poker.
Sergey: ‘Down and out! We spend the night begging by the cash machines after Boris gives the last of our money to what he calls “a wandering minstrel” – a tramp with a penny whistle.’