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Puppetry workshop

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Randy Blades

on 23 September 2015

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Transcript of Puppetry workshop

Why Puppetry?
Puppetry offers a way to see the world in a new way.
As a theatrical art, it is uniquely suited to tell stories in a style that reveals human nature through objects.
What makes something a puppet?
Puppet- any inanimate object which
a person endows with a life-force.
Puppets have been used for
Puppetry represents a synthesis of
Folk art/popular art
When you say "puppet", most people think of this guy:
Or this bunch:
They neglect the long history and the artistry that is possible with this art
Religious and ritual acts
design
writing
acting.
Art Theatre
education
Political Theatre
and Satire
Children’s Theatre.
Not a

puppet
Could be


a puppet
Puppetry has many styles
Rod
Hand/glove
Marionettes
Now, let's watch a few in action:
Go to: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8177DF3408EAEAB0
Manipulation
A few things to keep in mind as
you begin attempting to manipulate:
Ground the puppet and keep movements believable
Emotions/angle of face/eye contact are very important, you have to be aware at all times where your puppet is looking and what the angles do to create sense of
Breathing is life. Remember to let the puppet breathe
The voice doesn't have to be over the top, you can let the words and actions create the sense of character.

You are giving life to something
that is inanimate.
This is magical

Exercises:
Emotions- Anger, laughing, love, joy
Walking-Run, amble, turn in surprise
Situations- Greeting a friend, Getting angry (slow burn),
hitting on someone at a party,

Today is just a beginning of learning to create the sense of life in a puppet. Why is it important to gain skills in puppetry?.
Sock puppets!
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