Puppet Performance in the Classroom (30/4/19)
Niamh is a founder of Púca Puppets and its Artistic Director since 1997. With a bachelor of Design from the NCAD and a Masters in Theatre Direction from the University of Hull she has extensive experience as a maker, performer, director and designer for Púca and other theatre companies (Team, The Ark, Upstate etc). She also works as a collaborative and participative artist in many other contexts with work bridging the visual and theatre arts. She is a member of Dublin City Council’s Artist Panel and for many years also worked on the Artist Panel of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Founded in 1997 Púca Puppets produces shows for both children and adults in various contexts – from Dublin Canals to Meeting House Square, in theatres and festivals from Ballymun to Bangkok.
Popularly Púca is mis-translated as ‘ghost’ but in fact a Púca, ‘Puck’ in English, is a mischievous spirit who delights in changing shape. Often appearing as a horse, but with the power of human speech, it tries to entice people onto its back to take them for a wild ride. We li
ked the implication that our hands could become any character though the medium of puppetry. Whether it be vegetables and kitchen tools in Stone Soup, or hand crafted puppets in the award winning Songs In Her Suitcase, where the late cabaret performer Agnes Bernelle ‘possessed’ puppets and masks to tell her life story.
Like the Púca we delight in letting each story or theme suggest the form used, whether shadow puppets for Róisín agus an Rón – ‘Róisín and the Seal’ where the dream-like images suit the idea of seals changing into people, or in Mary Mary’s Last Dance where the manipulators of the table-top puppet double up as her guardian angels. Like all theatre our work is very collaborative. In performance this is through the shared imaginations of audience and performer. In its making it is through artists devising together or through consultation with our prospective audience in various ways.ools in Stone Soup, or hand crafted puppets in the award winning Songs In Her Suitcase, where the late cabaret performer Agnes Bernelle ‘possessed’ puppets and masks to tell her life story.
This two-sessions local course runs on Tuesdays 30th April and 7th May, from 4:00 to 6:30. For bookings please click here.