E2: OBJECT, UNIVERSE & LIFE IN PERFORMANCE
Merlin Puppet Theatre
Monday 8th - Tuesday 9th April 2019
10am - 5pm daily
Ages 18+ / adults
An approach to all three basic elements that contribute to making a complete visual universe - Object, Universe and Life. OBJECT - puppet, mask, shadows; UNIVERSE - scenography, light and sound; LIFE - how these elements become animate. An exploratory laboratory, which examines through analysis, practice and experimentations, how a harmonious puppetry performance is created. Through improvisations and research on stage individually and in groups, participants will work on how to develop and realise an idea, all the way from scratch to the final desirable result. See here for Merlin Puppet Theatre's show at the festival, "Noone's Land".
We believe that puppetry should be accessible to everyone and are passionate about building a community for puppetry in the North East of England.
We regularly run community projects, participatory performances, workshops and outreach programmes in the North East of England so that everyone has access to puppetry and creative expression. These projects range from our Puppet School, to year-long community development projects, to one-off workshops for schools and groups.
“This was the only time in my week when I felt totally absorbed and happy. I was astonished to find that my chronic pain lessened during the classes”
– Puppet School participant, 2021
We regularly run workshops and community projects in the North East of England so that everyone has access to puppetry and creative expression. You can find some examples of the workshops we have on offer by clicking the button below. If you are a North East of England-based club, organisation, school, college or community group and would like to chat about introducing puppetry to your community then please do get in touch.
Puppetry is an inherently accessible, expressive and inclusive creative activity. As the puppet is an extension of the body (as opposed to acting and dancing where the performers themselves are the focus), the art form encourages freedom of expression, builds confidence and is a neutral medium to explore difficult topics and themes. Puppetry is often non-verbal, focusing on movement, enabling it to break down language, demographic and cultural barriers, allowing unlikely participants to connect through creativity and exploration.
The benefits of puppetry
“It was a wonderful experience and it was so exciting watching the whole show come together. I’ve made some new friends and I’m going to learn to play the drums.”
– Tyne Rising participant, 2021
If you are a North East of England-based club, organisation, school, college or community group and would like to chat about introducing puppetry to your community then please do get in touch. We can offer workshops in puppet making and performance from our menu of trailed and tested options or can even tailor something special just for you. We also run regular participatory performances where the local community can get fully involved in creating exciting, colourful and bold theatre (see Tyne Rising 2021 as an example). Email email@example.com for more information on getting involved in puppetry and Moving Parts Arts.