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Peter Sweet and Leonie Baker's new theatre company, tiny colossus, presents Foolish Doom: a tragicomedy about the climate debate.

Leonie Baker

Musician and dancer with a passion for puppetry

 

Throughout my life I have continually been driven to create, exploring the world around me through dance (jazz, tap, modern, ballet, swing dance), piano, print-making, writing and animating objects and puppets. My formal arts training began at age 4 with classical piano and ballet lessons, which I continued through to RAD Grades 8 and ABRSM Grade 7 respectively. At school I was awarded an A-Level Art Scholarship and a place to study Art Foundation at Falmouth University. I did not take up the offer, in favour of an MA hons Degree in Classics at Edinburgh University. 

 

Since graduating in 2017, I have been working as an arts producer for national and international performing arts organisations, helping to shape the structures and networks in the dance and theatre landscape. Parallel to my career as a performing arts producer, I have been making music, dancing as well as training in physical theatre with Peter Sweet and Matteo Destro.

 

Peter Sweet, international circus and theatre performer, and I are joining forces as performers, co-creators and producers to form the new theatre company, tiny colossus. 

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Self Portrait, Charcaol
Self Portrait, Charcaol

Examples of visual artwork by Leonie Baker

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"Tempelhoferfeld", Lino print
"Tempelhoferfeld", Lino print

Examples of visual artwork by Leonie Baker

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"Fish Frenzy", acrylic
"Fish Frenzy", acrylic

Examples of visual artwork by Leonie Baker

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Examples of Visual Artwork

Mask-Making Studio
Mask-Making Studio

Matteo Destro

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Intial Research and Character Development
Intial Research and Character Development

Peter Sweet & Leonie Baker, Nov. 2021

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Intial Research and Character Development
Intial Research and Character Development

Peter Sweet & Leonie Baker, Nov. 2021

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Current work in progress:

Foolish Doom - a tragicomedy about the climate conversation.

Emerging from the realm of our collective imagination, from the space between the dreams of adults and the world of children, the wizard Burnhart and his loyal creature Pippa arrive with the lofty ambition to save the world. They sense that the Earth’s pulse is raging out of control. When they arrive they find a cacophony of human voices in conflict with each other and no solution in sight. So they call a council to speak to the people. In Foolish Doom, Burnhart and Pippa invite the audience to join the Council of Humans to save us from our own doom!

 


 

We will be bringing together contemporary mask-theatre, comedy, found-object puppetry and live music in an interactive performance that inspires us to rethink how we talk about climate change. 

 

So far we have carried out research into the topic of climate change and communication theory, taking a deep dive into the voices of diverse stakeholders in the climate conversation.  Together with our chosen director and mask-maker Matteo Destro, we have embarked on the initial phase of the collective, devised creation process, by starting to develop the two main characters using methods of improvisation. 

 

To support the further development of the characters, costume designer, Antonia Munaretti, has created rough prototypes of the costumes and Matteo Destro has crafted experimental prototype masks, which lie between half-masks and face-prosthetics - see photos in the gallery.

BOOM!

Directed by Matteo Destro

Co-Created and Performed by Peter Sweet and David Poznic

Breathing new life into the ancient tradition of masked theater, Peter Sweet and David Poznic portray a troup of 6 characters who put on an entire circus. With impossible skills, live music and heart-touching drama, they tell the story of this hilarious cast of would-be circus stars.

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C'est La Vie

Directed by Matteo Destro

In this short video Matteo Destro speaks about his creation process as a mask maker and director with examples from his work with theater companies ArtiVarti and Compagnie Ad Hoc (Italy/France).

Meet Pete

Created and Performed by Peter Sweet

Meet Pete is a hilarious display of danger, charm and technical virtuosity. Incorporating slack rope acrobatics, juggling, singing and dancing into his show, Pete Sweet weaves together his diverse physical skills with unbridled comedy. While his wild antics have astounded audiences in more than two-dozen countries worldwide, it is his warm, generous humanity and exuberant love of life that opens their hearts.

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Previous works by our creative team

Peter Sweet - Career Hightlights

Tete a Tete, Rastadt, Germany
Kleiness Fest, Hanover
, Germany

Comedy Arts Festival, Moers
, Germany

Via Thea, Görlitz
, Germany

Sommer Szene, Saarbrucken
, Germany

Kultursommer, Ludwigshaven, Germany
Gauklerfest, Koblenz, Germany
La Strada, Bremen, Germany
Neues Theater, Frankfurt Hoechst, Germany

Internationales Straßenkulturfest, Nordhorn,


 Germany

Just for Fun 2007 Darmstadt
, Germany

Viva-Cité 2011 Sotteville les Rouen
, France

Les Accroche Coeurs, Angers, France

Les Zaccros d‘ma rue, Nevers, France


Les Rias, Pays de Quimperlé, France


Fest’Arts, Libourne, France


Parade(s), Nanterre, France


les Rues Joyeuses, Tourcoing, France


Les Éclectiques, Carvin, France


Fete Dans La Ville, Amiens, France


The London City Opera House, London, England

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, USA

Porsgrunn Int. Theater Festival, Porsgrunn, Norway

Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, England

Waterford Spraoi, Waterford,  Ireland
Festival of fools, Belfast,  Ireland
Žongléros Ansámbl, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Waves Festival, Vordingborg, Denmark
Festival de la Juventud 2008 Torrelavega, Spain
ULIKA Int. Street Theatre Festival, Krakow, Poland


Leuven in Scene, Leuven, Netherlands



Bruneck Festival, Bruneck, Italy


World Busker’s Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand
Toronto International Buskerfest, Toronto, Canada
Weiwuying Circus Arts Festival, Kaosiung, Taiwan
Nyepi Festival 2001 Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Indonesia
Rock The Buckets Festival, Sydney, Australia

Da Guan Yuan Theater
, Bejing, China

Artisti Di Strada, Ascona
, Switzerland

Oerol 2006 Terschellings
, Netherlands