OverviewThis module offers a creative exploration of puppetry and object theatre. It includes scenic elements and staging. Elements used typically include puppets, objects, visible/'invisible’ puppeteers and set, light, projection, motion and sound. Screenings/seminars provide theoretical perspectives while practical workshops deliver making skills and explore making performance. Students will explore and discover the uses and dynamics of the different elements, developing the skills as makers, performers, puppeteers, manipulators, musicians and/or technicians.
This module appears in:
Total contact hours: 48
Private study hours: 252
Total study hours: 300
Method of assessment
Critical reflection (1500 words) (20%)
Essay (2000 words) (30%).
Bell, J. (ed) (2001) Puppets, masks, and performing objects. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Francis, P. (2012) Puppetry: a reader in theatre practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Posner, D. and Orenstein, C. (2015) The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance. London: Routledge.
Taylor, J. (ed) (2009) Handspring Puppet Company. London: David Krut Publishing
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a range of technical, creative and production skills in the context of design led performance (as appropriate to the form of performance on which the project work is focussed).
- Understand how different technologies contribute to performance (e.g light, sound/music, objects/props, projection)
- Undertake the making of performance and reflect upon it, including recording and analysing the process,
- Understand the relation of the performance to the context of its production and reception
- Create performance which explores the potential of space and integrates theatre technologies creatively, conceptually and practically.