Toby Olié

Puppetry Consultant

Toby is a Director, Designer and Performer, he is co-Artistic Director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry.
As Gyre & Gimble, work includes: Puppetry co-Designer/Director of The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre) and Co-Director/Puppetry Designer of The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End).

Other work includes: Puppetry Designer/Director of Peter Pan, The Light Princess and Hansel & Gretel (National Theatre), Don Quixote (RSC), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House & West End), Disney’s new staging of The Little Mermaid (in Holland, Moscow & Tokyo), A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Ward-robe, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange),The Tempest (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Goodnight Mister Tom (West End & UK tour).

He was the hind puppeteer of Joey in the original production of War Horse (National Theatre) be-fore moving onto Joey’s head for the subsequent West End transfer. On leaving the show as a per-former he was made an Associate Puppetry Director. Other work as a puppeteer includes National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (BBC One), The Homeless Polar Bear (Greenpeace campaign film), Mongrels (BBC Three), Hospitalworks (Theatre-Rites) and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre).