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: ‘Before we leave for an evening of debauchery on the streets of Soho, we try one last attempt at making some extra cash. Boris plays “Free Bird” on the guitar a total of 412 times. We leave with nine pence and a hat full of spit. Apparently puppets are not to busk on the platform. Damn the bureaucracy of the public transport system!’