Out of the Void
Puppeteers are a wayward and unruly crowd, unconventional even by artistic standards. We pay little attention to the demands of anything but our own Muse. And why should we? Puppet theatre is older than human theatre. It’s rooted in the murky depths of pre-historic ritual, the preserve of priests and shamans, and mostly it has avoided the literary limelight, lurking overlooked as an art of disruption, equally at home in the streets, in the salons of the avant-garde, and with kids. But in this present age, it’s coming into its own, as the quintessentially post-modern art—and I’m writing a book about my own discovery of its transformative power. I share my adventures, discoveries and theories on this site. There are links to amazing videos by great artists; there are profiles and short weird scripts that you can use if you like; and there’s no end to the questions that these inanimate creatures pose. So please, poke around, explore, and make yourself at home.
Who am I?
Writer. Speaker. Puppeteer. I have no less than four degrees, along with a varied career as editor of a weekly newspaper, writer, senior bureaucrat and consultant. And now, at last, before it’s quite too late, I’ve discovered the treasure buried in the field, the pearl of great price: something that I always longed for—but, trapped by duty and convention and just plain fear, I passed it by. Hence my big question: Can I, in old age, return and choose the road that I refused when I was young? There’s only one way to find out—and that’s what my book is about.