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The Making of a Frog

December 23, 2013


Another wonderful glimpse into a puppet-maker’s process as Jan Zalud introduces his mock-up of The Frog for my forthcoming production of The Frog & The Princess.  I just love how he uses proportion and the resistance of the joints to capture the frogginess of a frog.

In the final puppet – not seen in this video – Jan also incorporated resisting blocks into the shoulders which not only prevent the puppet’s front legs from twisting but also allow it to squat on its own without being manipulated.

And how The Frog loves to squat … at the moment he is peeping up at me from inside a bucket beside my chair.  Just like the real frog I once found in a watering can.

The Princess: a puppet and her inner workings

December 13, 2013


A rare opportunity to see inside a puppet as Jan Zalud talks about the process of making The Princess for my forthcoming show The Frog & The Princess (premiere 15 February 2014, Norwich Puppet Theatre, uk).

See how this wonderful puppet maker gives shape to ideas and solves some challenging technical problems.  Essential viewing for anyone interested in Hans Jürgen Fettig’s mechanisms for stand-alone table-top puppets.