The story of Pauline Benton - an icon in the field of shadow theatre but about whom so little is known - would have vanished into oblivion without this eloquent book. In the 1920s, Pauline Benton discovered shadow theatre (piyingaxi), which was declining in China. She believed she could save the ancient tradition by taking it to America. During the 30s and 40s, her Red Gate Players toured complex productions using authentic Chinese shadow figures .
Author: Grant Hayter-Menzies
Total Pages: 240
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Richard Bradshaw, the world's leading shadow puppeteer, details how he conceives, designs, and constructs rod-operated silhouette figures, Included are examples of transformation figures, tips on finding simple solutions to complex ideas, creating the screen, selecting the light source, and building the stage frame, As well, Richard offers expert advice on putting together the production. This long-awaited book will be the go-to reference as you explore the realm of shadow puppetry.
"...like you are getting a private workshop."
Shadow Puppetry Consultant, Puppeteers of America
Author: Richard Bradshaw