Theatre Studies Students work with leading puppeteer
On May 7th 2014, PATS Dance Studio played host to Blind Summit’s “The Table”, a masterclass in puppeteering, comedy and storytelling. The audience was introduced to Moses, a 60cm puppet, complete with cardboard face and rather comically, retractable hands! Moses’ aim was simple, he wanted to tell the story of the Moses and the Israelites but he found himself distracted on multiple occasions, even at one point picking a woman in the front row who seemed to take his fancy! One Theatre Studies Student said: “This was an insightful introduction into the world of puppetry”
For many students, this was their first exposure to puppetry and it seems to have become the start of a very beautiful relationship. For a lucky group of 12 Theatre Studies students, a 4 hour intensive workshop on the craft of puppetry was given by Sean Garratt, who was a part of the performance team for “The Table”. This masterclass was invaluable to the students on this degree; Sean was inspiring, engaging and truly a master of his craft. The students left with a fantastic foundational knowledge of puppetry, it was incredible to see how much could be achieved in just 4 hours. One Student commented: “It was amazing to see how a series of deftly movements resembled a living, breathing being.”
Undergraduate Andy Plom adds “Puppetry deserves a podium in the halls of theatre and companies like Blind Summit are doing incredible work to preserve and develop this craft by inspiring minds of all ages to engage in deeply exciting work”.