One Planet, Many Puppets: Sock Puppets

by Vicky on June 28, 2011

For our workshop on sock puppets, we looked at Sandra Boynton’s music video of “One Shoe Blues,” starring B.B. King and some overambitious sock puppets, plus the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre’s “Facebook Song.”

Although the history of serious sock puppet theater is nonexistent, it’s my belief that sock puppets are in the process of breaking into the mainstream.  Like the Theatre of the Absurd in the aftermath of World War II, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the Vietnam era, sock puppets have arrived to save us from the fear and despair of the Great Recession.

Sock puppets as Greek chorus.  Just wait and see.

It was truly uplifting to see the creative gusto with which the kids in the workshop took to designing and creating sock puppets, and then performing them.

I was gratified to see that they were busily sketching puppet designs in their notebooks, although I was kept too busy at the hot glue station to document these particular observations!

When they finished their puppets and were playing with them, I finally broke free from the hot glue gun and grabbed these sock puppet portraits.

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