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Palgrave Macmillan

Puppetry: A Reader in Theatre Practice

ISBN 9780230232723
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Readings in Theatre Practice

In this sophisticated and compelling introduction to puppet theatre, Penny Francis offers engaging contemporary perspectives on this universal art-form. She provides an account of puppetry's different facets, from its demands and techniques, through its uses and abuses, to its history and philosophy. Now recognized as a valuable and powerful medium used in the making of most forms of theatre and filmed work, those referring to Puppetry will discover something of the roots, dramaturgy, literature and techniques of this visual art form. The book gathers together material from an international selection of sources, bringing puppet theatre to life for the student, practitioner and amateur alike.

PENNY FRANCISis Honorary Fellowof the Central School of Speech and Drama, London,UK,where sheis Lecturer in Puppetry.She isco-founder ofthe Puppet Centre Trust, the national development agency for the art form, and was awarded the MBE for services to puppetry in 1998.Francis is collaborating editor of three volumes, Aspects of Puppet Theatre and A History of European Puppetry (Volumes One and Two) and has written numerous articles for international conferences and journals.





Introduction
Approach
Related Arts 
Techniques
In Performance
Dramaturgy
Aesthetics
History
Conclusion
Bibliography 
Index

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'This book is an excellent addition to the shelf of any student or scholar of puppetry, and achieves its ambition in appealing to a broader readership than is typical for a book on puppetry. Any writer, designer or director who is considering working with puppets for the first time will also benefit greatly from Frabcis' book, which is a thoughtful, accessible and timely contribution to the literature.' - Puppet Notebook
'What a marvelous guide to puppetry in the 21st century.' - Nancy Lohman Staub, Founder/Consultant, Center for Puppetry Arts Museum and Library, Atlanta. Georgia, USA
'Penny Francis's Puppetry does a magnificent job of explaining essential elements of puppet theatre and puppet history, and the performance contexts of contemporary puppet performance....Francis's book is like Peter Brook on directing, David Mamet on acting, or Brecht writing about theatre theory - like the works of Brook, Mamet, and Brecht, the author's opinions are extremely useful, provocative, and always suggesting larger and alternative points of view.' - John Bell, Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut, puppeteer and member of the award-winning Great Small Works Theatre Company, USA
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