The Puppet’s Voice with Jonathan Broughton

Date of workshop: November 16th 2014, 10am-5pm

The Tin ForestThis one day course offers suggestions and practical vocal techniques for puppet performance.

The puppet’s character, its facial expression, its costume, can hint at how it might sound. Sometimes it’s easy to go down an obvious route. An old lady might speak with a cracked and quavering voice: a king can be grand and pompous. Nothing wrong with either of these characterisations, but why do they speak like this? There are, as in our lives, more to these characters than just being old or grand. Know a puppets’ character well and a wider vocal range can be revealed.

How does the puppet move? Are they quick or slow, clumsy or languid? How does this affect the way they speak? To find even greater detail in a puppet’s character, when do they talk and when do they move? A specific move in silence might evoke a deep sense of thought or a strong emotion which is then enhanced by dialogue. An even pace throughout a play can flatten a puppet’s performance. I was once told to ‘play the scene and not the emotion.’ It’s a subtle but important difference.

Each puppet’s voice is special: strange perhaps that an inanimate object of wood and glue should speak with a human voice at all. Delightful though and unique.

Jonathan Broughton

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