Kinetika has been commissioned by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust to create a four metre tall puppet of a docker, based on the many dockers who once worked on the docks in Tilbury. The Tilbury Docker puppet will debut at the Windrush 70th anniversary celebration at Tilbury Cruise Terminal on Friday 22 June.
Students from Gateway Academy in Thurrock worked with Kinetika’s artistic director, Ali Pretty and puppet designer, Tony Mason to develop an initial design for the Tilbury Docker which was finalised with further input from students from the South Essex College’s Costume Construction degree course.
The making of the Tilbury Docker puppet is the beginning of a process of reviving the Tilbury Carnival. Kinetika has plans to stage a carnival in 2019. The Tilbury on the Thames Trust aims to make the Cruise Terminal into a vibrant space for use by all the community and the carnival is part of that development.
The Tilbury Docker will make his first appearance at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal on 22 June for the celebrations to mark 70 years since the Empire Windrush brought the first Caribbean passengers to a new life in England. He will return to Tilbury for the Port Open Day on 21 July.
He will also appear on 14 July at intu Lakeside during Kinetika’s walking festival Thurrock 100 which will run again this year. Now in its fourth year, Thurrock 100 is Kinetika’s innovative and popular community project which offers a specially selected set of walks, led by volunteers around Thurrock and this year expanding into Southend-on-Sea and Gravesend. The theme of this year’s festival is food and the T100 Recipes walks will end with a celebratory feast on 21 July, hosted by Chilean arts organisation Teatro Container in their Cocina Publica, a shipping container converted into a kitchen.
Dates for the diary:
22 June 2018 – Puppet will make first appearance at the Windrush 70th anniversary celebration at Tilbury Cruise Terminal
14 July – Puppet to appear at intu Lakeside during Thurrock 100 walking festival
21 July 2018 – Puppet to appear at the Tilbury Port Open Day