About the Company

Wattle & Daub is a Bristol-based puppetry and visual theatre company. We play with strange structures, striking visual imagery and the interconnections of puppet and puppeteer. Through exploring the ways in which humans bring life to puppets, masks and other performing objects, we are committed to creating theatre that audiences find magical, inspirational and transformative.

Company Members

Artistic Director
Laura Purcell Gates
has designed and performed with puppets throughout the US and UK including with Michael Sommers of Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis, and with WDFT in the UK. She trained with Giovanni Fusetti and the Ecole Philippe Gaulier, and has taught theatre, voice, devising, and puppetry in workshops throughout the US and UK as well as for institutions including the University of Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of St Thomas. She has directed and performed throughout the US with such companies as Shakespeare and Company, Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company and Jon Ferguson Theater, and was a founding member of Stilettos and Straps Cabaret.

Writer/Puppeteer
Tobi Poster
trained at Bretton Hall and the Ecole Philippe Gaulier and has also studied clown with Mick Barnfather and Butoh with Tetsuro Fukuhara. Aside from his work in Wattle & Daub he is cofounder and co-artistic director of Lost Spectacles, co-creating and appearing in their debut production Lost in the Wind. Other artists he has worked with include Nimbus Theatre in the US, Fine Chisel, Hattie Naylor and Full Beam Visual Theatre. Tobi has taught puppetry, clown, and devising in touring workshops as well as for institutions including the University of Bristol, Bath Spa University, and the University of Minnesota.