Can puppets talk if they can't move their mouths?
How can we make puppet performance where text feels natural and where puppets can express themselves both physically and in speech?
How do we edit text to let it best serve the puppet?
Working with single and multiple operator puppets to make sense of text and the impulse to speak, participants will explore the relationship between spoken work and puppetry and tackle some of these important and tricky questions.
Participants should have existing puppetry experience. Participants are encouraged to bring specific issues they encounter with puppets and text that they would like to explore. Participants may be asked to learn a short piece of text in advance of the workshop. The workshop will use simple rod, tabletop or bunraku-style puppets.
Mervyn Millar is a puppetry specialist working in theatre. A longstanding collaborator with Handspring Puppet Company, he was part of the original creative team for War Horse, appearing in the original cast and directing the puppetry in London, New York, Toronto and Berlin. He has designed and directed puppetry for theatre and opera across the UK and Europe, including Crow (Festival2012), Stiller (Residenz Munich) and Newman (Paul McCartney).
Imaginate will be funding a place for an artist who is involved in making work for young audiences. For further information or to discuss your eligibility email Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director, at email@example.com. Applications should be emailed to Fiona Ferguson and should include a short biography alongside the reason why you would benefit from a funded place.
Deadline for applications for a funded place is Friday 2 September 2016 at midday.
Please note this is a two-day event. Timings for both days are 10.00-18.00.