Puppet Theatre

Since the medieval times, puppets have been associated with itinerant players. Although they are considered more children's entertainment today, puppeteers require extraordinary skills to manipulate and create dramatic entertainments. There are many different types of puppet theatre: marionette theatres in which puppets are operated by strings, hand-puppets as in the Punch and Judy shows, finger puppets often used in shadow shows to produce a particularly artistic effect and theatre companies which use both puppeteers and masked actors who interact with the puppets. While most people's experience of puppet shows is from street theatre, in eastern Europe and the Far East, puppet shows are considered high culture and taken very seriously, while in Canada Ronnie Burkett has established a world-wide reputation for his puppet dramas.

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