Here are some finalized photos from The BFG as well as photos of the other puppets I created for the production. More can be found on The BFG page.

Production photo by Chesley Cannon

"The vast majority of the show involves the use of puppetry (especially for the girl, Sophie), and elaborate masks (for the evil giants). Using puppet humans to emphasize the size of the giants was effective, and oftentimes charming."  - Nicolyn Charlot, Senior Staff Writer, KaLeo Newspaper

The Queen of England and her butler

The Queen of England and her butler

A closer backstage look of the puppets after they were attached to Buckingham Palace.

A closer backstage look of the puppets after they were attached to Buckingham Palace.

Head of Army and Airforce

Head of Army and Airforce

A final production photo of actress Janna Rose Shields and Sophie the puppet.

A final production photo of actress Janna Rose Shields and Sophie the puppet.


In addition to Sophie, I created small puppet versions of the Queen of England, her butler, her maid, as well as the leaders of the army and the air force. These puppets were meant to match the size and style of Sophie. Also like Sophie, they were created to match their actor counterparts. Costumes for these puppets were created by the costume designer for the production, Kimberly Shire. 

The puppets appeared on top of a miniature Buckingham Palace at the end of the performance in order to say goodbye to their giant friend. They were created with the same method I used to build Sophie, however, since they were made to stay on top of Buckingham Palace and did not need to have any mobility beyond their head and arms, I only made them from the torso up. 

Final dress rehearsal photo of the actors and their puppets with The BFG looking down on them.

Final dress rehearsal photo of the actors and their puppets with The BFG looking down on them.

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AuthorAubrey Watkins