Puppet regime: a day in the life of two cabaret puppets

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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.

Ahead of runs at the Arcola Tent in Dalston and Soho Theatre, the boys have been exploring their new neighbourhoods.
Ben Walters finds out what happened…

Boris: ‘Following my in-depth studies of the people of Shoreditch, I have established that a local coffee house is the best place to start. We share a homemade cookie, divided according to handsomeness. Having sampled every coffee shop in Dalston and consumed 72 hot chocolates, 19 croissants, 32 muffins and two “pan o’choclates”, I wondered if this homemade cookie might be the last straw. Moments later, Sergey, gripped by a violent rage, dashed his hot chocolate to the floor and stormed out complaining of inferior whipped cream.’

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