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Lecture 12

THAR 201 Lecture 12: puppetry

Theatre Arts
Course Code
THAR 201

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What is a Puppet: A figure moved by human aid
only a puppet if it is used for movement with a voice
Puppet Facts
Puppetry is an ancient tradition
o global tradition. Done everywhere
Impersonal: Without someone manipulating it, it is just there, but when used as a
character, it is not a complex character compared to a human
To be able to watch a puppet, you have to suspend your disbelief
o Children are a good example
Unreality: You are able to do something that cant be done in real life
Universality: You don't need to understand the language to understand the story
Puppetry Stylization
Imitating nature fails to equal nature
Uncanny Valley: The closer something gets to being human, the less we like to look at it
(bc it is creepy)
o Bc it reminds us of death or mortality
o The less empathy we have for it
o Puppets try to create empathy
Puppeteer skill is crucial: Bad puppeteer = bad puppet
Types of Puppets
Hand or Glove
o Hollow cloth material.
o Is moved by hand
o Bigger puppets require 2+ puppeteers
Rod Puppetry
o Puppeted from underneath
o Has a center rod in the middle of the puppet that has buttons on it to manipulate
the puppet
o Can have rods on arms to moe
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