Pup­petry in­spires stu­dents

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

Mem­bers from Fre­man­tle’s Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre have be­gun a re­gional schools tour, drop­ping by Pem­ber­ton Dis­trict High School last week.

Pup­peteers Bec Bradley and Nick Pages-Oliver per­formed Moom­in­pappa at Sea, based on a book by Tove Jans­son.

The per­for­mance was aimed at en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to re­flect on their per­sonal and so­cial free­doms, how they re­late to oth­ers and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Stu­dents from Pre-Pri­mary to Year 6 at­tended the per­for­mance and Years 2 to 6 par­tic­i­pated in an in­tro­duc­tion to pup­pets drama work­shop af­ter­wards.

School prin­ci­pal Lee Illing­worth said the work­shop in­volved in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions and in­sights into pup­petry tech­niques in­clud­ing the use of mar­i­onettes, Bun­raku, hand, rod and body pup­pets. “The in­cur­sion was or­gan­ised by our pri­mary school arts teacher Caro­line Muir,” she said.

“Stu­dents will be ex­plor­ing the ori­gins and types of pup­pets from around the world for the re­main­der of the year in drama.”

Spare Parts is run­ning the tour through Health­way and will be vis­it­ing other re­gional schools in the area.

Saxon Kelly, Year 5, An­gus Lee, Year 6, Meisha Pitts, Year 5, Is­abella Dun­net, Year 4, and Leah Reynolds, Year 5, with teacher Caro­line Muir and pup­peteers Bec Bradley and Nick Pages-Oliver.

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