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Putting on a puppet show (pt 2/2)
At the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in London they're making new puppets for their latest show. The first stage of the design process is to make drawings which capture the essential character of each puppet. A puppeteer shows us three different types of puppets - a string-operated marionette, a stick-operated tabletop puppet and a glove puppet - and explains their different characteristics. Puppet-makers then demonstrate some of the tools they use to chisel and sand wooden parts and to cut and glue foam and fabric. We see how the various parts are assembled and how a puppet costume is measured, cut and sewn. Finally, we see the finished puppets in performance.
To provide inspiration for pupils working on a 'puppet' topic.
We suggest showing the whole clip before your pupils start their topic to give them an idea of the overall 'story' and to help them understand what they're aiming to achieve themselves, albeit on a much simpler scale.
The clip can then be run in shorter sections to look in more detail at each stage in the process while pupils work through their own project.
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