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: ‘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...’

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