The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival

String Puppet Inspiration

with Maritime Marionettes

Puppeteers Heather and Darryll Taylor give an inspring overview of marionette artistry showing marionettes of both simple and complex design. Students will see close up basic construction and manipulation, as they demonstrate one-string, two-string, three and four-string cloth puppets. They also will feature movement demonstrations of their hand crafted wooden human and animal marionettes, with 9 to 14 strings. The basics of lighting, sound and presentation for marionettes will also be covered. The workshop is live streamed from their studio workshop. This is a fascinating inside look at the inner workings of a rare form of puppetry in Canada, with two seasoned performers.

All DramaFest Workshops have limited availability and may also be limited due to bookings by other classes. This workshop is not available May 5th. 

  • Students will address problems and make decisions relating to their drama work.
  • Students will be able to respond with critical awareness to their own work and to the work of others.
  • Students will demonstrate personal growth through drama.

Heather and Darryll Taylor of Maritime Marionettes have been giving puppetry workshops for over 30 years. They have led hands-on puppet manipulation workshops for both children and adults. In the past 7 years, the Taylors have instructed hundreds of workshops in the school system in all regions of Nova Scotia. The performance duo has also taught classes on marionette making while on tour outside of the province in communities including Ontario, BC, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Salt Lake City, Utah. View the Maritime Marionette’s profile here.

  1. Students remain seated throughout this workshop.

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Please note: Theatre Nova Scotia respectfully requests that schools and community groups ideally do not cancel workshops once they are booked, unless absolutely necessary. If a group must cancel or reschedule, please give us a week of prior notice. In these precarious days for arts workers, TNS is going to great lengths to provide schools with exceptional theatre education and local artists with paid work in our industry. Please be aware that artists may have turned down other paid work to accommodate these workshop bookings. Thank you for your understanding.

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Students stay seated throughout this workshop.