PAPER PUPPETS IN ACTION
The working process described below was part of a Grundtvig Course organized by The Bielsko Artistic Association Grodzki Theatre in Cappadocia (Goreme and Nevşehir), Turkey in April 2014 under the title: “Theatre in Adult Education – from the practitioners` perspective”. It lasted for six days and included a public presentation of puppet scenes created by the group.
GROUP BUILDING AND INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL NARRATION
• To build the team and create environment for effective cooperation
• To create space for self-expression and for getting to know each other
• To direct participants` attention at non-verbal storytelling
• To familiarize participants with specific ice-breaking and integration techniques
MAKING THE PUPPETS AND DRAFTING THE STORIES
• To teach participants how to make simple paper puppets and props
• To engage the group in a free creative activity
• To develop simple personal and image-based stories
PUPPETS IN ACTION – REHEARSING
• To introduce participants to basic animation skills
• To familiarize the group with the roles of actors-puppeteers, directors and set designers
• To prepare participants for public presentation
MEETING THE AUDIENCE – PERFORMING
• To let participants use and practice skills and knowledge previously acquired in a new context
• To enable participants to confront their own theatrical vision with the audience perception
• To conclude an intensive training process with a rewarding ending
CLOSING THE PROCESS – REFLECTING
• To introduce participants to some new working methods from the puppetry field
• To reflect on the whole working process and evaluate all different aspects of the common experience
• To prepare participants for further use of the methods presented during the course
The course was highly assessed by the participants. After going back home they had a chance to test the usefulness of skills and knowledge acquired during the course in their own professional activities. Their below quoted statements refer to the most important and useful aspects of the training.
Puppetry workshop organized and led by the course participants – Marie and Jim Aherne in Galway, Ireland (May 2014).
I was a bit anxious that the workshop participants would not be interested in making puppets. But they were very keen and creative!