A friend of mine always has attended a lot of theatre. He is not in theatre. He is a teacher turned a politician. Great guy. Truly loves theatre, art, movies, books. Wish there were more politicians like him.
One time I asked him if he ever attended Red Moon. His reply, "My limits of my taste in theatre ends with puppets."
At this point, I'm learning. I have a long background in doll making and messing around with paper-mache figures (not play dolls) and puppets have always fascinated me. Eventually, I'd love to write some puppet plays, but have to learn first how they're different from people plays.
Basically, I love make believe, crazy characters in wild costumes! LOL
I do think you're right in that puppet groups write plays for their own puppets as a whole project.
Another option for me would be to write plays that used both puppets and real people.
I would imagine for there not to be particular demand for puppet plays, mainly because a) there are very few puppet theatre venues, and b) those puppet theatre venues that exist write their own scripts around their "character personality".
It's an interesting concept though. Are you thinking about writing a puppet script? I'm sure they would be interested in hearing from you if you are.
Last edited on Wed Apr 14th, 2010 03:56 pm by locki_star
Thanks, I'll check it out! Just surfing around, I did see quite a lot of exciting puppet stuff in the UK, but less so in the US. I know some publishers carry scripts for puppet plays, but am not sure how popular they are.
There's a Puppet theatre company in Norwich, England. They specialise in shows using puppets made by their members, of all ages. The scripts are written by members, but I think they would take on external work if good enough. They tend to run short 5/10 minute sketches combined into an evening centering around individual puppets, they tend to be either monologues or 2/3 puppets sketches/plays. Take a look:-
Hey all! Has anyone ever seen any Calls for Submissions for puppet play scripts? I've done a lot of Googling and haven't found anything so far. I assume most theatres that do puppet stuff (for adults) probably write their own scripts, but maybe not?