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.

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…

Sergey: ‘Having arrived in Soho, we spend the night living it up. Boris is convinced his prostitute get-up and my traditional Soho headdress are bound to make us money. After Boris spikes our drinks with a combination of ecstasy and ketamine in a pole-dancing club, we head outside and try some moves of our own.’

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