At the fourth workshop of our One Planet, Many Puppets series, the focus was on giant puppets and masks.
We looked at examples of giant puppets, and then explored transforming ourselves into puppets through masks.
First, I showed off my own giant Orca puppet.
Then we looked at clips of giant puppets.
I showed examples from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, including the May Day ceremony and dancing skeletons from the May Day parade. We also saw a clip from the 2010 New York Village Halloween Parade.
But the kids were especially enthralled by the horse puppets from the play, War Horse (which was adapted from the children’s book, War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo).
Then they had fun making their own masks and inhabiting the characters they had dreamed up.