Two old men puppet characters are chatting to one another in the corner of a dark mill. They are sitting on sacks full of flour and their bodies and faces are made out of sack material.


Site-specific commissioned by Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, 1998.

An old tidal mill on Three Mills Island in Bow, East London was the setting for Millworks, which looked at the cycle of life and death through the symbolic imagery of the milling process.

Each part of the process was represented by a puppet, from the cutting of the wheat right through to the making of bread.

The beautiful old wooden building created a dream-like landscape where the ghosts from the past re-enacted their daily rituals and each puppet was destroyed to signify transformation of the next part of the process.


Creative Team

Sue Buckmaster


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