Taking a Puppet Through Its Paces
I have used puppets for decades in my teaching and public library career, but this just took my breath away.
First, watch these TED Talks about the Handspring Puppet Company:
I found the trailer of the National Theatre’s smash hit, War Horse, quite moving.
My appetite was whetted, so I went searching for more videos on YouTube. There is a whole series of diaries about the War Horse show, to feed my new horse puppet fixation.
The co-operation and co-ordination required by the puppeteers is magical to watch. They make the horse come alive. Of course, you must be willing to suspend your disbelief ~ but even if you are not willing you can still marvel at the engineering of such a puppet and the skills of manipulation required to take it through its paces.
Any puppet that tries to be alive will get a boost from my belief. I have delightfully spent much effort attempting to turn nouns into verbs myself.