Friday, October 14, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm
This workshop will explore the uses of puppetry in applied contexts, ranging from an exploration of the qualities of the puppet which make it an excellent vehicle for applied arts, to a series of practical investigations into specific social contexts where the puppet can assist with communication, education, expression and therapy. The puppet has been used for centuries in traditional contexts related to healing, death, the crossing of thresholds and as a liminal and sacred object which enables and facilitates transitions between states. Its perceived neutrality and "otherness" offer a chance to vocalise and play with concepts of marginality, presence and diversity. The workshop is suitable for anyone interested in developing their interest in puppetry.