Puppetry comes alive in Alice Springs

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:01:38 AM. A doctor breathes life into a papier mache puppet in a new production for children.
Photo: The play Open features a puppet called Pocket, who opens a magical winged box. (ABC Alice Springs: Emma Haskin) The ancient art of storytelling through puppetry has been revived by a doctor in Alice Springs. Katelnd Griffin has developed a narrative, her own papier mache characters and a whimsical soundtrack for her 30-minute production aimed at young children. A small girl named Pocket is the star of the show called Open, in which a magical winged box one day appears on her doorstep. "I made Pocket. It's taken quite a long time. I moulded her face and she's made out of papier mache," Dr Griffin said. "Her dress is made out of fabric. Other parts involve wood and wire and glue. She's been quite a big project." Not only has Dr Griffin created the characters, she has also written the story and the music. Photo: Katelnd Griffin has worked with other performers to develop the play. (ABC Alice Springs: Emma Haskin ) "When I create shows I usually start with a playlist. I put together some music, which inspires me and the feeling that I want the show to have. "Then I write down ideas about characters and situations that happen to them, and we then go into the rehearsal space and start to play with those ideas." It is through this process and working with her other performers that the storyline is developed. Opening the music box Music plays an intrinsic role in the play, given there is not any dialogue between any of the characters. "None of the characters talk, so...Read more
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