Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play

David Currell
Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play is a comprehensive guide to the design, construction and manipulation and presentation of shadow puppets, considered by many to be the oldest puppet theatre tradition. Traditional shadow play techniques, together with modern materials and methods and recent explorations into theatre of shadows, are explained with precision and clarity, and illustrated by photographs that include the work of some of the finest shadow players in the world. Topics covered include: an introduction to shadow play, its traditions and the principles of shadow puppet design; advice on materials and methods for constructing and controlling traditional shadow puppets and scenery and there are step-by-step instructions for adding detail and decoration and creating transculent figures in full-colour. Detailed methods for constructing shadow theatres and using a wide range of lighting techniques are given along with techniques of shadow puppet performance and contemporary explorations with shadow play. Finally, there are instructions for makng animated, silhouette films with digital photography.
Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play by David Currell
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About the author

David Currell is widely recognized as a leading authority on puppet theatre. He was co-founder of the National Puppet Centre and its chairperson for nearly twenty years. One of the most widely published authors on the subject over a period of forty years, this is his first book to focus exclusively on shadow play, which is one of his specialist interests. David has written Puppets and Puppet Theatre and Making & Manipulating Marionettes for Crowood. Resident - London SW

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