is a plaything, two puppets make a show!
Get together with friends
who also havepuppets and youll have an instant
puppet theatre company where you can become the
star of your very own show!
Who will star in YOUR
PELHAM PUPPETS provide
the means and inspiration for young people to
develop team work, good creative practice and
develop their imaginations.
They provide a unique and
magical experience through the preparation and
presentation of live puppet shows which combine
an enchanting mix of childrens activities
with nostalgic memories for parents and grand-parents
and therefore appeal to children from the age
of five to 75!
Many years ago, Bob
Pelham the Founder of Pelham Puppets said,
world is more appealing and lovable than anything
I know. A world of fantasy and mystery in which
live a host of intriguing little people with their
own characters and temperaments, a law unto themselves,
neither animals nor humans and, yet always ready
So help your children step
back in time and enjoy the simple pleasures of
your own childhood memories and the timeless wonder
of real puppet theatre and experience its magic
again and again!
Below are some drawings that
I hope will give you some ideas for staging your
show(s) I hope they help.
The first diagram is to help you design and build
a permanent puppet stage for home or school from
a small table. It is reproduced from PELPUP NEWS
No 1 dated january 1961 (It was called "Puppet
Post" at the time)
For use with the new PELHAM PUPPETS, the table
legs will need to be cut down to about 12 inches
(30 cm) and the back-drop needs to be 24"
high (60cm) and the stage itself about three feet
(one metre) wide.
Once you have a stage, you will want to have
some scenery too. Rather than use large card or
hardboard with painted scenes, which can be cumbersome
to handle, it is better to have a black velvet
sheet for the backdrop and then use with painted
card cutouts. Below are a few ideas, taken from
PELPUP NEWS No 23 Summer 1972.
Finally, (for now anyway,) I have added Bob Pelham's
diagram of "untangling instrutions."
It is a lot easier that you think!
However, if you always remember to pick up your
puppet by the control bar and when not in use,
either twirl the strings and place it back in
its box, or hang it up safely somewhere, you should
be able to have a "tangle-free" time!
hope these ideas provide you with some inspiration.
I'll add some more at a later date, so keep coming
back to check the website out.
the meantime, happy puppeteering!
Pelham Puppet Television brings you help and
information regarding all aspects of puppetry.
From easy to follow advice on how to untangle
your puppet to creative ideas for your next puppet
show. This programme shows you how to untangle a puppet should this become necessay.
How to operate your puppet -
and take care of it.
The illustrated instructions that are included
with each puppet show you how to take the puppet
out of the box by the control bar or cross bar.
It is important that you ALWAYS pick up the puppet
by the control bar.
Once you let the strings gently untwist, after
you have lifted the puppet from the box, hold
the control bar as shown in the photograph below,
making sure that the front of the control is pointing
upwards slightly as shown:
To make your puppet walk, first of all, ensure
the feet are resting gently on the ground (or
stage floor), not too low so that the knees bend
and not too high and have it 'flying!' Keeping
firm hold of the control 'roll' the cross bar
between your for-finger and thumb, so the cross
bar moves like an aeroplane in flight. Do not
sway the control from side to side, but twist
the control so one side of the cross bar rises
and the leg lifts up... like this:
Keeping firm hold of the control bar, 'roll'
it the other way like this:
Once you have managed to lift each leg in turn,
move the puppet forward and soon you'll have it
To make the arms move, you need to take hold
of the hand string, (only one, not both) with
your other hand. By pulling the string out and
up you can raise each arm/hand in turn. As it
is a "run-through" string, if you pull
the string down on the left, it will raise the
right hand. Shake the control gently and puppet
will wave. See photo below:
After a performance, you will want your puppet
to take a bow. This is done by lifting the back
string back - making sure you keep the puppet's
feet on the ground by lowering the control bar
at the front, as though the aeroplane is making
a "nose-dive" as shown in the photograph
Finally, it is a good idea to practice operating
your puppet in front of a mirror, so you can see
it from the point of view of your audience. In
time, making puppet walk, dance, bow and sing
and talk will come naturally and you'll soon become
a master puppeteer and star in your own show!