Saturday, June 11, 2016

Roy Small, Puppet Master

Yesterday afternoon Tyler took me to the home of Roy Small, puppet master. For many years Roy was part of Patchwork Puppets (est. 1966), a company that has performed throughout the world. Roy makes his puppets, writes his scripts and has much to say about his craft.

The picture up top is of the production centre at Roy's Sointula home studio. Below is a puppet Roy refers to as The Allegory. When asked why he calls it that, Roy tells me that some communities prefer not to have the Devil represented, whether by name, shape (horns) or colour (red). "So in its stead," he says holding up his puppet, "we have this -- The Allegory!"

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