SciTech’s Outreach team recently had the chance to extend their puppetry skills with DNA’s Artistic Director Rachel Riggs.
Rachel was delighted to be able to work with the team, who are all so talented and have a fabulous ability to be able to communicate the art of science to children.
The training session consisted of learning and exploring the three main areas of puppetry manipulation – learning to focus with the puppet, to really give the illusion of looking and seeing and reacting, lip sync techniques to be more effective communicators with the puppet as well as as well as finding your puppets voice, and practising the detail in movement so the puppet is very lifelike.
The Outreach team use many animal puppets, so it was a great chance to develop effective detail in animalistic sounds and movement.
Feedback from staff included
‘Very useful and enlightening’ from Rachel Farley,
‘Rachel really taught us how to make the puppet alive’ from Tim Szewczyk
and ‘Very comical’ from Kathleen Withers