Creating puppets from everyday objects
Creating puppets from everyday objects can take many different forms. This is by no means a new theatrical invention, but its simplicity as a technique can still delight an audience if used with care and sensitivity. It is an extremely expressive form of theatre for exploration in the studio environment with young people, as it is a ‘safe’ medium for even the most inhibited to perform highly charged moments of drama.
On a practical level, it also allows the student more freedom of movement and time for exploration, as the creation of the puppet comes from the handling of objects through play. There is no lengthy process of design and construction; there is simply experiment and performance. It can also ease the burden on tightening purse strings, as it encourages the use of found or recycled objects and materials.