Pinwheel Theatre comprises puppet-maker Naomi Oppenheim and puppeteer Lori Hopkins. They formed the company in 2020 so they could make visually exciting theatrical experiences for all ages. Find out a bit more about them below.
Lori Hopkins is a professional puppeteer and theatremaker with eight years experience of performing and delivering work for young people. She is a regular puppeteer for Little Angel Theatre and has appeared in numerous productions for the company including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and Macbeth. Other notable theatre work includes operating the large polar bear puppet in The Bear (Pins & Needles Productions), Tinkerbell in Peter Pan and Moomintroll in Moominsummer Madness (Polka Theatre), Sally the Astronaut (Cosmic Shambles Network) at The Royal Albert Hall and more.
Lori has devised and toured two of her own productions, receiving Arts Council funding for her show The Explorer which toured the UK, Finland and Romania. Her second production, Sourpuss completed two UK tours with accompanying puppet-making workshops for families.
In addition to her performance work, Lori also works as a Puppetry Director/Consultant and has worked in this role for Shakespeare’s Globe Education, Potential Difference, Theatre Hullabaloo and Beautiful Creatures.
Naomi Oppenheim is a professional designer/maker with seven years’ experience of creating puppets and facilitating puppet theatremaking.
She regularly works with Theatre-Rites as a puppet designer and maker, with productions featuring her puppets including Siyanda, Protector of Plants, The Welcoming Party, Beasty Baby and Melody Loses Her Mojo (in collaboration with 20 Stories High). Her other puppetry work includes The Ocean at the End of the Lane (National Theatre), Chotto Xenos (Akram Khan Company), toooB (Angel Exit Theatre), The Tailor of Gloucester (Salisbury Playhouse), The Flying Bath (Little Angel Theatre), The Trench (Les Enfants Terribles), and more.
Naomi is also a facilitator and consultant for puppet theatre development, and has collaborated with companies including Luke Brown Company, Tucked In and Theatre-Rites on the creation of new work.