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Puppet Tears: Puppetry Shop Talk

Feb 13, 2019

This week we go BIG with the renowned puppetry director and new author of the book Puppetry: How to Do It - Mervyn Millar! Mervyn worked extensively with Handspring Puppet Company in the original productions of War Horse, and trained countless touring casts to follow in his footsteps. Projects taken on by his own company, Significant Object, include Bermingham Rep's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, international sensation Circus 1903, and Paul McCartney's Appreciate.

The guys will talk about why the theater must train its puppeteers to go beyond rote, rehearsed movement and how to talk to producers about bringing on puppetry directors onto a show involving puppets. Of course, they also talk about Mervyn's new book of rehearsal exercises, which he wrote in the hopes of bringing this often-niche art form to the masses.

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Release date: February 12, 2019
Hosted by Adam Kreutinger & Cameron Garrity