The 16ft high Midnight Robber puppet was used in the 2004 Notting Hill Carnival, alongside the band Din Shuru in a performance, which explored the cultural journey from India via the Caribbean to the UK. Of all the colourful characters of carnival tradition, the Midnight Robber is one of the most beloved – and is immediately identifiable by his extravagant costumes and distinctive speech, called ‘Robber Talk’.
‘Robber Talk’ is derived from the tradition of the African Griot, or storyteller. The Midnight Robber speaks of his invincible ancestry and terrifying exploits; his speech patterns and vocabulary are characterised by a boastful, mocking style drawn from a variety of sources including the Bible, literary texts and school readers.
The Robber sports an oversized hat with fringed brim, the crown assuming different shapes (graveyard, coffin, The Red House); a flowing cape decorated with symbols of death and destruction; a black satin shirt and pantaloons and shoes or boots resembling an animal with moving eyes. He summons and dismisses his audience with the blow of his whistle while threatening them with a gun, sword or dagger – and a wooden money box in the shape of a coffin.
Our fantastic Midnight Robber puppet made a reappearance in East Ham and Romford Shopping market for Halloween 2014.
This puppet is available to hire, and includes a backpack moulded to the puppeteer’s back, so is preferably hired out for procession with a specialist Kinetika Puppeteer. To enquire, please Contact Us.