File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 39


Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 17:24:42 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Cannon Hill Puppet Auction



>
> I am very intrigued by the "hoop to the puppeteer's head" control.  
> Anybody
> care to elaborate how it works?
>
>
>

Mathieu,

David Currell's book Puppets and Puppet Theatre has a picture on pg.  
24 of three puppeteers manipulating three of the Blundall puppets  
from the production The Pomegranate Princess.  The image shows the  
puppeteers wearing circular hoops on their heads - worn like crowns.   
The hoops appear to have four strings attached, two of which go down  
to the puppet's head, and two of which go down to the puppet's  
shoulders.  The strings are attached to the hoop "crowns" at four  
equidistant points - two in front, roughly at the puppeteer's  
temples, and two in back behind the puppeteer's ears.  I assume that  
head movements on the part of the puppeteers will translate into  
corresponding movements in the puppets.  The puppeteers each hold two  
rods which control their puppet's arms.  The puppets are all a little  
under waist-height to the puppeteers, and are held directly in front  
of and very close to the puppeteers' bodies.

Anne


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