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The Victorian Marionette Theatre (Paperback, New): John McCormick, Clodagh McCormick, John Phillips

The Victorian Marionette Theatre (Paperback, New)

John McCormick, Clodagh McCormick, John Phillips; Contributions by Thomas S. Postlewait

Series: Studies in Theatre History and Culture

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In this fascinating and colorful book, researcher and performer John McCormick focuses on the marionette world of Victorian Britain between its heyday after 1860 and its waning years from 1895 to 1914. Situating the rich and diverse pupper theatre in the context of entertainment culture, he explores both the aesthetics of these dancing dolls and their sociocultural significance in their life and time. The history of marionette performances is interwoven with live-actor performances and with the entire gamut of annual fairs, portable and permanent theatres, music halls, magic lantern shows, waxworks, panoramas, and sideshows. McCormick has drawn upon advertisements in the Era, an entertainment paper, between the 1860s and World War I, and articles in the World's Fair, a paper for showpeople, in the first fifty years of the twentieth century, as well as interviews with descendants of the marionette showpeople and close examinations of many of the surviving puppets. McCormick begins his study with an exploration of the Victorian marionette theatre in the context of other theatrical events of the day, with proprietors and puppeteers, and with the venues where they performed. He further examines the marionette's position as an actor not quite human but imitating humans closely enough to be considered empathetic; the ways that physical attributes were created with wood, paint, and cloth; and the dramas and melodramas that the dolls performed. A discussion of the trick figures and specialized acts that each company possessed, as well as an exploration of the theatre's staging, lighting, and costuming, follows in later chapters. McCormick concludes with a description of the last days of marionette theatre in the wake of changing audience expectations and the increasing popularity of moving pictures. This highly enjoyable and readable study, often illuminated by intriguing anecdotes such as that of the Armenian photographer who fell in love with and abducted the Holden company's Cinderella marionette in 1881, will appeal to everyone fascinated by the magic of nineteenth-century theatre, many of whom will discover how much the marionette could contribute to that magic.


Imprint: University of Iowa Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Studies in Theatre History and Culture
Release date: November 2004
First published: November 2004
Authors: John McCormick • Clodagh McCormick • John Phillips
Contributors: Thomas S. Postlewait
Dimensions: 153 x 228 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-87745-912-5
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Other public performances & spectacles > Puppetry, miniature & toy theatre
LSN: 0-87745-912-6
Barcode: 9780877459125

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