How has puppet theatre historically been made to be transportable, and how can these principles be used in a modern context to produce a puppet show that can be toured using public transport?
(2014) How has puppet theatre historically been made to be transportable, and how can these principles be used in a modern context to produce a puppet show that can be toured using public transport?, no. 33.
The aim of the project was to create a prototype for a highly transportable puppet show (both puppets and staging) that could be carried without assistance on public transport by one person. The prototype was to be influenced by historical and contemporary examples, but be an original idea which could be used by a small scale theatre company. By investigating the transportation methods traditionally used by puppet companies through history and identifying successful elements that could be used by a small modern day puppet troupe, it was possible to design and construct a puppet theatre stage set that would fit into a large holdall. In addition, a way of minimising the amount of puppets required was achieved by designing and producing a glove puppet base with interchangeable costumes and accoutrements to create several characters. This project was inspired in part by the stock puppets used by large marionette companies in the Victorian era. They had a large variety of puppet costumes to suit an extensive range of characters and stories.