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Zippy and Me - My Life Inside Britain's Most Infamous Puppet (Paperback): Ronnie Le Drew, Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi Zippy and Me - My Life Inside Britain's Most Infamous Puppet (Paperback)
Ronnie Le Drew, Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi 1
R289 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Over the course of almost half a century, puppeteer Ronnie Le Drew has worked with the greats - from David Bowie in Labyrinth to Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol. But the role that defined his career was Rainbow's Zippy, who he operated for more than twenty years. Zippy and Me is the first time a Rainbow insider has told the true story of what went on under the counter and inside the suits: the petty squabbles between performers, wrangling with TV executives, and scandals such as the 'love triangle' between musicians Rod, Jane and Freddy. Not to mention the now infamous X-rated episode shot for an ITV Christmas party, which subsequently found its way to the Sun. Interweaved with the dirt on what really went on behind the scenes is the story of Rainbow's heyday in the 1970s and 80s, when its stars found themselves catapulted into an exciting showbiz world - scooping a BAFTA award and even performing for the queen - and the story of a young lad from a south London council estate who defied his parents' protests to became one of the most respected puppeteers of all time.

Aspects of Puppet Theatre (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2013): Henryk Jurkowski, Penny Francis Aspects of Puppet Theatre (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2013)
Henryk Jurkowski, Penny Francis
R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Henryk Jurkowski's seminal 1988 text, "Aspects of Puppet Theatre," was ground-breaking in its analysis of puppetry as an important performing art. Focusing on the cultural and social functions of puppetry, Jurkowski traced the role of puppetry in cultural life, from its ritualistic roots to its influence on modernist art and presence in contemporary theatre. This new edition of a classic brings the original text back to life, including four additional essays and a new introduction, edited and translated by leading puppetry scholar Penny Francis.

Women in the Shadows - Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali (Hardcover): Jennifer Goodlander Women in the Shadows - Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali (Hardcover)
Jennifer Goodlander
R1,570 Discovery Miles 15 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry, connects a mythic past to the present through public ritual performance and is one of most important performance traditions in Bali. The dalang, or puppeteer, is revered in Balinese society as a teacher and spiritual leader. Recently, women have begun to study and perform in this traditionally male role, an innovation that has triggered resistance and controversy. In Women in the Shadows, Jennifer Goodlander draws on her own experience training as a dalang as well as interviews with early women dealing and leading artists to upend the usual assessments of such gender role shifts. She argues that rather than assuming that women performers are necessarily mounting a challenge to tradition, "tradition" in Bali must be understood as a system of power that is inextricably linked to gender hierarchy. She examines the very idea of "tradition" and how it forms both an ideological and social foundation in Balinese culture, and ultimately, Goodlander offers a richer, more complicated understanding of both tradition and gender in Balinese society. Following in the footsteps of other eminent reflexive ethnographers, Women in the Shadows will be of value to anyone interested in performance studies, Southeast Asian culture, or ethnographic methods.

The Complete Book of Marionettes (Paperback): Mabel Beaton The Complete Book of Marionettes (Paperback)
Mabel Beaton
R310 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R49 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Absorbing, entertaining guide provides all the information needed to construct puppets and puppet theaters, including valuable advice on making heads, bodies, wigs, and puppet clothing, manipulating the puppet, setting up and furnishing a stage, lighting scenes, and building miniature pieces of furniture. Complete script for "Beauty and the Beast." Over 200 illustrations.

To Embody the Marvelous - The Making of Illusions in Early Modern Spain (Hardcover): Esther Fernandez To Embody the Marvelous - The Making of Illusions in Early Modern Spain (Hardcover)
Esther Fernandez
R2,189 Discovery Miles 21 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In its exploration of puppetry and animation as the performative media of choice for mastering the art of illusion, To Embody the Marvelous engages with early modern notions of wonder in religious, artistic, and social contexts. From jointed, wood-carved figures of Christ, saintly marionettes that performed hagiographical dramas, experimental puppets and automata in Cervantes' Don Quixote, and the mechanical sets around which playwright CalderOn de la Barca devised secular magic shows to deconstruct superstitions, these historical and fictional artifacts reenvisioned religious, artistic, and social notions that led early modern society to critically wrestle with enchantment and disenchantment. The use of animated performance objects in Spanish theatrical contexts during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries became one of the most effective pedagogical means to engage with civil society. Regardless of social strata, readers and spectators alike were caught up in a paradigm shift wherein belief systems were increasingly governed by reason-even though the discursive primacy of supernatural doxa and Christian wonder remained firmly entrenched. Thanks to their potential for motion, religious and profane puppets, automata, and mechanical stage props deployed a rationalized sense of wonder that illustrates the relationship between faith and reason, reevaluates the boundaries of fiction in art and entertainment cultures, acknowledges the rise of science and technology, and questions normative authority.

Making Puppets Come Alive - How to Learn and Teach Hand Puppetry (Paperback, New edition): Larry Engler, Carol Fijan Making Puppets Come Alive - How to Learn and Teach Hand Puppetry (Paperback, New edition)
Larry Engler, Carol Fijan
R273 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Lucid, easy-to-follow guide covers voice use and synchronization, stage deportment and interactions, improvisation, staging, lighting, much more.

Women in the Shadows - Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali (Paperback): Jennifer Goodlander Women in the Shadows - Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali (Paperback)
Jennifer Goodlander
R769 Discovery Miles 7 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wayang kulit, or shadow puppetry, connects a mythic past to the present through public ritual performance and is one of most important performance traditions in Bali. The dalang, or puppeteer, is revered in Balinese society as a teacher and spiritual leader. Recently, women have begun to study and perform in this traditionally male role, an innovation that has triggered resistance and controversy. In Women in the Shadows, Jennifer Goodlander draws on her own experience training as a dalang as well as interviews with early women dealing and leading artists to upend the usual assessments of such gender role shifts. She argues that rather than assuming that women performers are necessarily mounting a challenge to tradition, "tradition" in Bali must be understood as a system of power that is inextricably linked to gender hierarchy. She examines the very idea of "tradition" and how it forms both an ideological and social foundation in Balinese culture, and ultimately, Goodlander offers a richer, more complicated understanding of both tradition and gender in Balinese society. Following in the footsteps of other eminent reflexive ethnographers, Women in the Shadows will be of value to anyone interested in performance studies, Southeast Asian culture, or ethnographic methods.

Making Simple Marionettes (Paperback): John Roberts Making Simple Marionettes (Paperback)
John Roberts
R261 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R19 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Marionettes are loved by puppeteers and audiences for what they can do on stage, but they can be challenging to design, make and perform. This beautiful book clearly explains the process from making the puppets to putting them on strings and bringing them alive. Detailed step-by-step instructions are given to make three marionettes - a walking bird, a dancer and a wooden man - each using different tools and materials, with progressively more tricky techniques. Written by a leading puppeteer, it celebrates the art of the marionette.

Aspects of Puppet Theatre (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2013): Henryk Jurkowski, Penny Francis Aspects of Puppet Theatre (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2013)
Henryk Jurkowski, Penny Francis
R2,167 Discovery Miles 21 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Henryk Jurkowski's seminal 1988 text, Aspects of Puppet Theatre, was groundbreaking in its analysis of puppetry as a performing art. This new edition of a classic brings the original text back to life, including four additional essays and a new introduction, edited and translated by leading puppetry scholar Penny Francis.

To Embody the Marvelous - The Making of Illusions in Early Modern Spain (Paperback): Esther Fernandez To Embody the Marvelous - The Making of Illusions in Early Modern Spain (Paperback)
Esther Fernandez
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In its exploration of puppetry and animation as the performative media of choice for mastering the art of illusion, To Embody the Marvelous engages with early modern notions of wonder in religious, artistic, and social contexts. From jointed, wood-carved figures of Christ, saintly marionettes that performed hagiographical dramas, experimental puppets and automata in Cervantes' Don Quixote, and the mechanical sets around which playwright CalderOn de la Barca devised secular magic shows to deconstruct superstitions, these historical and fictional artifacts reenvisioned religious, artistic, and social notions that led early modern society to critically wrestle with enchantment and disenchantment. The use of animated performance objects in Spanish theatrical contexts during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries became one of the most effective pedagogical means to engage with civil society. Regardless of social strata, readers and spectators alike were caught up in a paradigm shift wherein belief systems were increasingly governed by reason-even though the discursive primacy of supernatural doxa and Christian wonder remained firmly entrenched. Thanks to their potential for motion, religious and profane puppets, automata, and mechanical stage props deployed a rationalized sense of wonder that illustrates the relationship between faith and reason, reevaluates the boundaries of fiction in art and entertainment cultures, acknowledges the rise of science and technology, and questions normative authority.

Disney Princesses & Villains: Crochet Finger Puppets (General merchandise): Editors Of Thunder Bay Press Disney Princesses & Villains: Crochet Finger Puppets (General merchandise)
Editors Of Thunder Bay Press
R439 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R64 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Puppets & Puppet Theatre (Hardcover): David Currell Puppets & Puppet Theatre (Hardcover)
David Currell
R656 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R66 (10%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

"Puppets and Puppet Theatre" contains everything one needs to know to progress from a beginner's level to a high standard of artistry. Puppeteer David Currell concentrates on designing, making, and performing with the main types of puppets, offering detailed information on the nature and heritage of puppet theater; the anatomy of a puppet and its design and structure; materials and methods for sculpting, modeling, and casting puppet parts; step-by-step instructions for constructing marionettes as well as glove, hand, rod, and shadow puppets; and the control and manipulation of all these types of puppets. The author then covers staging principles and construction methods; principles of lighting and sound; and the basics of producing a show. Lavishly illustrated and filled with expert tips and insights, this is a must-have book for anyone drawn to the magical world of puppets and puppet theater.

Learn to Be a Ventriloquist - For Kids of All Ages (Paperback): Mary Ellevold Learn to Be a Ventriloquist - For Kids of All Ages (Paperback)
Mary Ellevold
R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wondrous Brutal Fictions - Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater (Paperback): R. Keller Kimbrough Wondrous Brutal Fictions - Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater (Paperback)
R. Keller Kimbrough
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wondrous Brutal Fictions presents eight seminal works from the seventeenth-century Japanese sekkyo and ko-joruri puppet theaters, many translated into English for the first time. Both poignant and disturbing, they range from stories of cruelty and brutality to tales of love, charity, and outstanding filial devotion, representing the best of early Edo-period literary and performance traditions and acting as important precursors to the Bunraku and Kabuki styles of theater. As works of Buddhist fiction, these texts relate the histories and miracles of particular buddhas, bodhisattvas, and local deities. Many of their protagonists are cultural icons, recognizable through their representation in later works of Japanese drama, fiction, and film. The collection includes such sekkyo "sermon-ballad" classics as Sansho Dayu, Karukaya, and Oguri, as well as the "old joruri" plays Goo-no-hime and Amida's Riven Breast. R. Keller Kimbrough provides a critical introduction to these vibrant performance genres, emphasizing the role of seventeenth-century publishing in their spread. He also details six major sekkyo chanters and their playbooks, filling a crucial scholarly gap in early Edo-period theater. More than fifty reproductions of mostly seventeenth-century woodblock illustrations offer rich, visual foundations for the critical introduction and translated tales. Ideal for students and scholars of medieval and early modern Japanese literature, theater, and Buddhism, this collection provides an unprecedented encounter with popular Buddhist drama and its far-reaching impact on literature and culture.

Punch Polichinelle & Pulcinella (Hardcover): Michael Byrom Punch Polichinelle & Pulcinella (Hardcover)
Michael Byrom
R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The author describes his book as 'Miscellaneous Punch-ups and Reflections'. It completes a forty year study of the history of Mr Punch and consolidates Byrom's international vision of the four outstanding manifestations of the archetypal figure as represented in England, France, Italy and Russia. In particular it includes a new examination of Polichinelle, the French punch, both as a glove-puppet and as a marionette in the Parisian Fairs of the 18th century. This has been made possible with the recent publication by a French scholar of a study of the 'corpus theatral de Polichinelle' revealed in the Soleinne Collection of manuscripts that have lain buried in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris for over two hundred years. About one third of the present book consists of the best of the author's magazine articles and reviews -- usually contentious but never dull. A complete English translation of two genuine 19th century Polichinelle glove-puppet texts with illustrations of the puppets are included as an Appendix.

Making and Manipulating Marionettes (Hardcover): David Currell Making and Manipulating Marionettes (Hardcover)
David Currell
R658 R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Save R65 (10%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

"Making and Manipulating Marionettes" is a superb guide to a craft and performance art that has fascinated audiences for over 2,000 years. Handsomely illustrated throughout, it presents precise instructions for the making of marionettes, both for plays and for acts in the variety tradition. All aspects of marionette design, construction, and control are covered, and there are rare insights into specialized designs and stringing techniques. Contents include an introduction to the marionette tradition and the principles and practicalities of marionette design; advice on materials and methods for carving, modeling, and casting puppet parts; detailed explanations for marionette control, stringing, and manipulation; step-by-step instructions for the construction and jointing of human and animal marionettes; and professional secrets for achieving a wide range of special effects.

Sesame Street Notebooks - Set of 3 Ruled Notebooks (Diary): Sesame Workshop Sesame Street Notebooks - Set of 3 Ruled Notebooks (Diary)
Sesame Workshop
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
I'm Definitely Rudolph Christmas Coloring Book For Adults - Red Nosed Reindeer Holiday Adult Festive Coloring Book for... I'm Definitely Rudolph Christmas Coloring Book For Adults - Red Nosed Reindeer Holiday Adult Festive Coloring Book for Relaxation. Detailed Artworks and Beautiful Designs Inside (Paperback)
Fancy Pug
R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Which One? Confessions of a Closet Ventriloquist (Paperback): A.L. Stevens Which One? Confessions of a Closet Ventriloquist (Paperback)
A.L. Stevens
R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Then She Was Gone - Don't Let Her Go Away (Paperback): Christopher Biog Then She Was Gone - Don't Let Her Go Away (Paperback)
Christopher Biog
R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Price-Forecasting Models for Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. LXRX Stock (Paperback): Ton Viet Ta Price-Forecasting Models for Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. LXRX Stock (Paperback)
Ton Viet Ta
R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dr. Sebi - The 3-Step System to Naturally Detox Your Body Through Dr. Sebi Alkaline Diet (Includes a Step-by-Step 7-Day Meal... Dr. Sebi - The 3-Step System to Naturally Detox Your Body Through Dr. Sebi Alkaline Diet (Includes a Step-by-Step 7-Day Meal Plan) (Paperback)
Belinda Goleman
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ventriloquism Made Easy - How To Talk To Your Hand Without Looking Stupid (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Paul Stadelman, Bruce... Ventriloquism Made Easy - How To Talk To Your Hand Without Looking Stupid (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Paul Stadelman, Bruce Fife
R249 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Learn how to throw your voice! Make your hand talk, your shoe sing, and your mother-in-law shut up! Everyone will be tongue-tied when you start talking to the lamp shade - and it talks back! Paul Stadelman, a professional ventriloquist who starred on his own television show for many years, shares with you the secrets that have made him a hilarious success. Ventriloquism, as taught in this book, is easy to learn. If you follow a few simple rules, anybody can do it. And it's so fun that once you start, you'll be talking to yourself for hours. The book explains how to use standard puppets as well as novelty figures such as balloon animals and gym socks. It includes 22 complete comedy dialogues to get you started. All are outrageously funny.

Sex Gaming - The Practical Guide to Sexual and Erotic Games to Improve Couples Complicity, Rekindle the Spark by Play Through... Sex Gaming - The Practical Guide to Sexual and Erotic Games to Improve Couples Complicity, Rekindle the Spark by Play Through the Senses With Hot Quizzes, Sex Positions, Sex Toys, and Much More. (Paperback)
Shyla Kacie Carter
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Life on a String - The Yale Puppeteers and The Turnabout Theatre (Hardcover): Christina Rice Life on a String - The Yale Puppeteers and The Turnabout Theatre (Hardcover)
Christina Rice
R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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