Teaching Drama

A Piece of Emotional Engineering

An actor struggles to die on stage but a puppet struggles to live.

If you haven’t already seen this video, watch it now.

Puppeteers Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of the Handspring Puppet Company show how a simple small hyena puppet evolved into a life-sized horse puppet. The puppets are both simple and complicated, bare and detailed. An amazing accomplishment.

There really isn’t much for me to say because I think the video speaks for itself. The genius with something like this is not the technology, but the humanity. Not the toy, but how the actor brings it to life.

About the author

Craig Mason