Toy Theatre Workshop: January 20, 2019
Toy Theatre Making with Ann & David of Puppetmongers Theatre
From story idea to show time – workshop participants will transform ordinary cardboard boxes into magnificent miniature theatres, complete with little puppet actors and splendid scenic effects.
Before the advent of TV, computers and “I-Things”, Toy Theatre was a popular household form of puppet theatre, with families creating their own home entertainment by reproducing miniature versions of the theatre shows of the day. These dramas-in-miniature employed all kinds of spectacular effects: indeed, some mechanical contrivances and contraptions first invented for toy theatres were later adopted by “real” theatres. In recent years this all but forgotten theatrical form is enjoying a resurgence in popularity amongst puppeteers and visual and theatre artists, who are exploring the unlimited potential of Toy Theatre in the context of contemporary theatre.