Creating Baz..

A few images to show the process of creating ‘Baz’, our handmade puppet, over the course of a few weeks. The process included:

Stencilling

Cutting polystyrene

Shaping + surforming

Sanding

Stringing together

Covering

When we had our completed puppet, we were then asked to create a short piece on the theme of ‘Transformation’. After researching possible ideas we decided to work with the idea of substance abuse in the form of exercise and fitness. The character is shown to be healthy and active, then throughout the performance he overworks himself to the point where he collapses. We felt this was a good opportunity to show what¬†physicality the puppet is capable of, and also tell a story many people wouldn’t normally think about.

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Introduction to Puppetry…

Creating a presentation on the basics of puppetry and more specifically the Japanese art of Bunraku.

Rod puppets

Hand puppets

Finger puppets

String puppets

Shadow puppets

Water puppetry

Bunkraku is an ancient art form founded in Japan and is now called one of the most highly developed theatre puppet art in the world.

London

We went on a course trip to London to see a variety of different things such as:

  • The Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Dennis Sever’s House
  • The Barbican Theatre

I found the trip really enjoyable and I particularly found Dennis Sever’s house really interesting as I had never experienced anything like it before.

It was unique in that it was almost like a performance but with no visible actors (other than the cat). The house was preserved, and dressed to look like it would have been back in the period, and there were little notes left around for us to read and try to imagine the different characters who will have lived there. It was an unusual yet effective approach to storytelling.