INTRO TO THEATRE DESIGN | PUPPETRY

Our course began in a more informal way compared to most. We played Grandma’s foot setps and cut small shapes out of wood. All fun and games really.

The first official project of this course is puppetry. We are looking at the construction and manipulation of Bunraku (puppets manipulated by three puppeteers) puppets, with the aim of a small puppet show to finish.

We have been split into 4 groups, each assigned a puppet to create. Within each group every person chose a body part to sculpt. For me, it was the abdominal area. My task is to use polystyrene, wood and paper to create a life like piece.

I think what is interesting about the puppets that we are being asked to create, is that they are expressionless and genderless. They have no personality, and so can become any character that we wish.

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