The beauty and magnificence of mask work is an area of speciality loved, and taught, by Paula and implemented in all her productions. Being a homebased crafist she specialises in the bespoke and original production of traditional Shakespearen style masks, ensuring each mask is suited to the actor's interpretation of the character and the direction of the play... and always including her own unique touch!
Paula has been running Mask Making Workshops from her home studio and education institutions for many years. Locally she is knowns as the 'puppet lady' whereby she also enjoys the art of running kids camps, imparting her knowledge of making and teaching Mask and Puppet Making to kids. Please see further examples of her work through The Puppet Room. Please enjoy a few of her favourites...
Oberon, King of the Fairies (left)
From A Midsummer Night's Dream. This production involved a mixed cast of children and adult. This young actor was 14 years old.
Lion and Mouse (right)
A scene from Aesop's Fables, worn by two child actors aged 10 and 11.
A double sided mask in the making for a 13 year old ballet dancer in a production of Alice in Wonderland.
This mask details the hand moulded frame and traditional paper mache used in all of Paula's work. Each layer of mask skin is placed individually to create depth and facial features. This mask took 22 hours to complete. Please view the final mask in The Puppet Room .
Moth and Cobweb (right)
A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream performed this year at the Cobourg Highland Games. Two young ballet dancers aged both 9 years old.
A collection of masks recently photographed as part of an interview in a media article on the work of Paula Worley. (left)