Fancy being a Puppet Master? We are experimenting with creating a Giant Puppet Dance Group, to perform, initially, at the Puppet Carnival on July 23rd. The aim is to create simple round dances that can be performed by these giants. Hard and hot work, but could be a lot of fun.
First meeting will be on Friday 15th July at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall Gallery, Barmouth
Are you available on Saturday 23rd July to participate in the carnival at the gallery and to parade through the streets of Barmouth? This is the 3rd year that the gallery has held a giant puppet parade and carnival. If you want to perform during the day or in the evening, any music, poetry, puppetry, dance, theatre or magic, anything creative, please get in touch to be part of the programme. To get a flavour of what happened last year see pictures here and video below.
I keep returning to this style. Cubism in first appearance, but from a different angle.
There is so much to explore in this style of painting. I return to it over and again. This time I come to it as a complex in the centre of a web. As we go closer to the centre of the web, so the image becomes more complex, until an illusion of reality begins to appear. It parallels the working of the eye, where only a small area of the retina is sharp.
I will explore this approach a little more, maybe combining clusters into the same image.
This crude experiment is the first stage in the development of a scrolling background in the puppet theatre. It has established a traditional method to create illusion of movement while the figure remains stationary. It will form part of our introductory sequence to the opening of the talking head theatre.
The Gallery has decided to try an experiment this year, holding the carnival after the excesses of August. We may possibly get more support from people who are too busy in high season. Maybe we could have the procession on a Saturday at the end of September. This will give us more time to explore some of the interesting new ideas that are arising in our planning.
For example: We have been considering giving the carnival a theme – and incidentally give the Gallery another range of activity to explore. The theme of ‘The Talking Head’ based on the return of Bran (mentioned in the Mabinogion) has been hit upon.
We intend and have already started making 4 new large figures (each requiring 3 people to operate). We intend these figures to form up, at appropriate moments in a walk, or while in the gallery, to create a puppet theatre complete with drawing curtain, lights, back projection etc. This theatre could be used for string puppets or glove puppets.
There will also be a large puppet of the head of Bran which will preside over the event, making comment at appropriate moments in the day, like a narrator. The large puppets who form the body of the theatre would also make a contribution at intervals, rather in the manner of the chorus in Greek theatre. Thus there will be three tiers of comment possible in a singe performance. Anyone interested in contributing to this unusual theatrical set-up, please ring 07767862382.
The arrangements for the open day and parade are still fluid and the date as been POSTPONED (more info here). Anyone who would like to take part on the day or help with preparations, please contact Bernard by calling in to the gallery or ringing on 07767 862382.
During August St John’s Hall Gallery will be busy preparing for the Large Puppet Carnivalthat will walk through Barmouth on August 26th. THE CARNIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED but we are still looking for volunteers to help with puppet making (more info).
Volunteers are needed during August to help build the large puppets.
Last year’s carnival procession can be seen on YouTube.
We will return to the hall for a day and evening of interesting events – performances and entertainment.
We encourage groups to form and create their own puppet for this event. Let’s get together and make something hum. Come and see what we are doing. Make suggestions. A sort of Madi Gras of large puppets would liven the procession up a bit.
Barmouth Puppet Theatre Project
At the same time we will be running puppet workshops where you or your child may like to help build a puppet theatre, which will perform its play during the carnival. We will make puppets, scenery and the theatre itself. Think of a simple play, write the words, and make the music. The more children and parents come the more puppets we will have to use in the theatre.
Puppet workshops will take place on Thursday and Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.
Cost per person £5
Bring old clothes. We supply all the materials.
Maybe this will become a puppet festival.
Please call in to the gallery for more information or ring 07767862382.