Coventry & Warwickshire

Drumming auditions held for Godiva Awakes 2012 project

Life-sized model of Godiva's head
Image caption The giant puppet's head and eye movements will be radio controlled

Auditions have been held for drummers to accompany a giant Lady Godiva puppet that will travel from Coventry to London for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The giant puppet will be placed on a specially constructed float called a cyclopedia, powered by 50 cyclists.

Four performers will help to bring the marionette to life while her head and eye movements will be radio controlled.

Saw Doctors ex-drummer Johnny Donnelly auditioned aspiring 2012 drummers at Coventry University to accompany her.

The one-day open auditions were held on Sunday.

Lady Godiva was a noblewoman in the 11th Century who was said to have ridden naked through the streets of Coventry on horseback in a protest over taxation.

The puppet, however, will be clothed by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and is part of a series of public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Godiva Awakes is the West Midlands region's contribution to the Cultural Olympiad.

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