Spitting Image Auction
The show Spitting Image has long been linked with The Hackney Empire Theatre, since the puppeteer Alistair Fullerton co-founded The Friends Of The Hackney Empire in February 1988. Some years after his death, several of his Spitting Image colleagues came together to raise funds for that same architecturally stunning theatre.
It was perhaps fitting that Louise Gold, one of Spitting Image's founder members, and its original Leading Puppeteer, should be among the former Spitting Image puppeteers demonstrating Fluck and Law's original puppets in this Sotheby's, a fundraising event for The Hackney Empire Theatre on 12 July 2000.
Puppeteers demonstrating the lots:
Puppets donated by:
Roger Law (of Fluck and Law)
Louise Gold and Steve Nallon were both puppeteers and voice artistes on Spitting Image, as voice-artistes they also feature on the album Spit In Your Ear. They have spoken about their work on the programme on Spitting Image: Must See TV.
Louise Gold, and, Roger Law had appeared on the documentary The Wonderful World Of Puppets, on which Roger Law had mentioned this forthcoming auction.
Steve Nallon also worked on and, The Spooks Of Bottle Bay.
The Sotherby’s auction raised nearly £14,000. for the Hackney Empire Appeal.
Roger Law subsequently sold the remaining 350 puppets on
the internet for £370,195, and emigrated to
The auction, however, was not the end of the road for all the Spitting Image puppets. In particular, the Spitting Image puppet of “The Queen” was bought by a friend (of the show’s original leading puppeteer), who reunited it with The Queen of Spitting Image Puppeteers, who subsequently incorporated it in a cabaret act Louise Gold ... By Appointment.
John Lloyd, Peter Fluck, Louise Gold, and, Steve Nallon went on to appear, as on-stage guests as Spitting Image - BFI Event.
Louise Gold, Roger Law, and, Steve Nallon went on to take part in the documentary Best Ever Spitting Image.
Peter Fluck went on to take part in the documentary ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows, on which Louise Gold probably performed The Queen from Spitting Image, and Steve Nallon probably voiced Margaret Thatcher.
In the early
twentieth century The Hackney Empire had a huge influence on the lives
of working class people in
Links about The Spitting Image Auction
For more information about The Friends of The Hackney Empire see offsite Link: The Hackney Empire: http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/about_friends_n.html
For more information about the Auction see offsite link: Steve Nallon's Website, in particular: http://www.Stevenallon.com/impress.html
BBC News article, 13 July 2000, about the opening of the auction: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/831033.stm
BBC News Article, 7 July, about how much the sale had raised so far: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/823080.stm
BBC News article about 21 July http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/844936.stm
Official Show Site for LOUISE GOLD...BY APPOINTMENT: http://www.louisegold.com/ - This is the show site for Louise Gold’s cabaret act, includes a couple of photographs of The Queen Of Spitting Image puppeteers, with the actual Spitting Image latex puppet of The Queen.