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Damage or wear to type, resulting in a defective impression. Because each battered type creates a unique impression, Hinman, Blayney, and others have successfully used evidence from ...

puppet theatre

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,096 words

...one-man street glove-puppet performance, they are the show itself. A central *hero (e.g. *Punch , *Kasper ) goes through a series of encounters, each concluding with a fight. In most traditional puppet theatre the verbal element is at least as important as the physical batterings and the puppet can become the mouthpiece for the improvisation of the puppeteer. In much of the world, an extra comic effect is provided by a squeaker or ‘swazzle’ which distorts the voice. The puppet can give an uncanny imitation of a human being and do things which are...

puppet theatre

puppet theatre   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
4,890 words

...show itself. A central ‘hero’ ( Punch , Kasper , or whoever the local figure may be) goes through a series of encounters, each concluding with a fight. In most traditional puppet theatre, even of the simplest sort, the verbal element is at least as important as the physical batterings and the puppet can become the mouthpiece for the improvisation of the puppeteer. In much of the world, an extra comic effect is provided by a squeaker or ‘swazzle’ which distorts the voice. In Europe, the swazzle is associated with the glove-puppet theatre today, but earlier...

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