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.
Boris: ‘On arrival in Soho, Sergey and I were asked by some Chinese tourists to pose for photos. After stuffing ourselves with all-you-can eat Chinese, the next course of action was obvious. What you cannot see are the two tramps we enlisted to help us reach the holes...’