Hello Peter Slight curator of the Puppet Challenge here.
I thought I might take this opportunity to tell you about my puppet related pipe dream.
OK here goes…
My idea is to convert an old ice-cream van into a touring puppet theatre. The idea has evolved over time and seems less silly the more I think about it, which could be a bad thing i’m not sure?! I believe the vehicle would lend itself rather well to my new purpose with only a few minor alterations! It has an existing area for performers to crouch down and perform in, although this might get a bit cramped if there were several performers inside at once, a one man show may work best! The former serving hatch makes for a ready made stage and there is a built in sound system for music and sound effects. Plus it could be quite a stylish and fun way to tour the country.
After hitting the road the wagon would stop off at festivals, fetes and village greens in towns all over the country to put on a show. Each performance would feature the Folk tales and Legends local to the area, making every show different. Who knows if it were to take off maybe I could go tour a few other countries too?
I think maybe I need to tone down the Evel Knieval style paint work a little bit!
I roughed out a crude hand bill, it’s a bit more P.T.Barnum than I intended! Before each show commenced I would have to remember to send my young son around with a collecting tin for petrol money!
There may be a reason why no one has done this before….