Dyke Richens and his partner design and make lifelike masks and animal costumes for the theatre.
At the Theatre Zoo, St Martin's Lane, Dyke Richens and Eric Gledhill demonstrate their mask making skills.
M/S Harold Smith puts on a crocodile mask. C/U crocodile mask and then a devil mask making faces. An 'Oliver Hardy' mask blows his nose, using a large white handkerchief. M/S Dyke, in his workshop, pouring white latex solution into bowl .
C/U Three large colourful grotesque style masks of a clown, a devil and 'Donald Duck'. M/S Dyke lifts an ape man mask from the mould and looks at it, C/U painting the mask, hand dipping brush into paint . C/U two grinning masks of a clown and a dwarf. M/S Dyke fixes long hair to ape man mask,then puts mask on and leans menacingly toward camera. M/S Eric Gledhill, Dyke's partner, fits cat's mask onto model, Sally Matthews, she shakes her head. Douglas Gledhill, in clown's mask, makes faces .Gledhill fixes comical monkey mask onto model. C/U 'nanny' mask, which the model removes and puts on a big baby mask and pretends to suck her thumb.
C/U shot of monkey mask worn by model who is given a cigarette, then offered a light and the 'monkey' is seen 'smoking'. C/U shot of two comical masks, pushed aside to reveal another mask of 'Philip Harben' . Man wearing a dog outfit .C/U monkey smoking. M/S young man, Gordon Rowlands, is helped to put on bull dog mask.
These theatrical costumes are used in theatre productions, and carnivals.
Note: The file contains a small folder from the Theatre Zoo - with a price list .