Career spotlight: Puppeteer

In the latest instalment of our spotlight series, three renowned puppeteers tell us what it takes to pursue a career in puppet theatre.

Terrapin’s production of Big Baby. Image:

From putting puppets at the centre as seen in Royal de Luxe’s spellbinding The Giants at this year’s Perth Festival and productions by companies such as Spare Parts, Polyglot, Terrapin and more, to partial puppet productions, puppetry has enormous scope.

Associate Director of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Michael Barlow told ArtsHub, ‘We have to constantly subvert and expand the expectations of what puppetry can be but we also have to maintain the core of puppetry. This isn’t really any different from any other artistic form, we’re all reaching for the new while sustaining our foundations.’ 

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Madeleine Dore
About the Author
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator