Current Academic Year 2014 - 2015
Please note that this information is subject to change.
The purpose of this module is to expose students to the communication opportunities offered through the use of puppetry and what distinguishes it from other forms of performance art as a means of communication.|
1. Recognise the potential of puppetry as a form of communication.|
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the history or development of puppetry.
3. Distinguish and describe various forms of puppetry.
4. Identify the limitations and strengths of puppetry as a form of communication.
5. Recognise the communication strengths of particular forms of puppetry.
6. Produce a puppetry-based piece of communication.
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml
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What is Puppetry?.|
Defining Puppetry: A Puppet Tree; Principal forms of puppetry: masks, body puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, remote controlled figures, shadow figures, animated figures, computer-generated figures, virtual performer / object; Ventriloquism; Characteristics of the puppeteer; Edward Gordon Craig and the uber-marionette; George Bernard Shaw on puppets;.
Origins and History of Puppetry.
Puppets pre-dating actors; Eastern roots; Bunraku; Puppetry in Europe since the Renaissance; Motions; The origins of Punch: Commedia dell'Arte, Petrushka, Pulcinella, Polichinelle, Guignol, Petruk, Kasperl, Casper, Karagioz, Karagiosis, Punch & Joan, Punch & Judy; Radical puppetry; Voice of everyman; Vaudiville, Variety and Music Halll; Cabaret; "Modern" Puppetry; Puppetry & Animation; Puppetry in film and televsion..
Puppetry in Ireland.
Stretch's Show; Swift & Puppets; D'Arc's Marionettes; Irish Ventriloquists abroad; George Boyle; Eugene Lambert; Dublin Marionette Group; Puppet Opera Company; Ventriloquism on the Radio; Murphy agus a Chairde; Brogeen Follows the Magic Tune; Baile Beag; Lambert Puppet Theatre, Wanderly Wagon; Bosco; Dustin; Macnas; Zig and Zag; Puca Puppets; Podge & Rodge; Anglo - The Musical..
Puppetry as a form of Communication.
Communication attributes of puppetry; Puppetry as an alternative form of communication; Puppetry's abiity to overcome barriers to communication; The puppet as an intermediary; Alternative personae; Puppetry as an allegorical tool; Communicaiton facets of ventriloquism; Use of puppetry for communicating sensitive or taboo messages; Cross-cultural use of puppetry; Using puppetry for social change; Case studies in the use of puppetry-based communication and performance..
Puppetry as a form of Popular Entertainment.
Choosing a puppetry medium for a purpose; Strengths and weaknesses of puppetry as entertainment; Puppetry as an allegorical form; Puppetry as a caricature; Puppetry as a form of satire; Spitting Image; Avenue Q..
Puppetry in Film & Television.
Puppets vs Actors; Restrictions and opportunities for puppetry on film and television; Use of puppets in advertising; Andy Pandy; Muffin the Mule; Captain Scarlet; Thunderbirds; Seasame Street; Spitting Image; The Muppet Show; Barney; Team America; Puppetry on Irish television..
Puppetry in Education and Therapy.
Puppetry as an educational tool; Puppetry as a therapeutic tool; Puppets as surrogates; Puppetry as a means of social expression; Puppetry as a language for teachers; The puppet as an intermediary; Therapeutic puppetry; Case studies in educational and theraputic puppetry..
Glove, rod, shadow and string puppetry; Character development; Storytelling with puppets; Construction; Manipulation; Production..
Cliff Dolliver (Dowtcha Puppets); Miriam Lambert (Lambert Puppet Theatre); Niamh Lawlor (Puca Puppets); Professor John McCormick (Puppeteer and founder of TCD Drama Department);.
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