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A blog, reflection or arguments on the marionette


argy-bargy [ahr-gee-bahr-gee]

-noun, plural -gies. Chiefly British Slang
1. a lively or disputatious discussion.
2. a verbal dispute; a wrangling argument

1595–1605; argle-bargle

Since the objects of imitation are men in action, and these men must be either of a higher

or a lower type (for moral character mainly answers to these divisions, goodness and

badness being the distinguishing marks of moral differences), it follows that we must

represent men either as better than in real life, or as worse, or as they are.


The marionette is a re-incarnation of the character it is depicting rather than an imitation.

As a result, the audience, witnessing a performance without human actors, are drawn

into the drama unaware that they are looking at carvings and not the real animal or human.

This leap of the imagination is not possible in actor’s theatre but is in film or possibly opera and ballet                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                            Gren Middleton 

Puppetry is a form of ecstasy, just as music is. It is caused by an overflow of muscle-power

and brain-activity and by an urgent happiness that can’t be held back, and has to manifest itself.


                                                                                                                            Peter Schumann

The Puppet Master is a god. He puts his own personality into his whittled blocks of wood:

like puppeteer like puppet is a common fact of observation: he controls their destinies with

a friendly grip  on the strings: he is joyous at their success and grief-stricken at their disobedience:

and his own personality is enriched by what he puts into theirs.

                                                                                                                           Jan Bussell

A man who can express himself through the marionette can mix with the mighty and with

the poor, with the old and with the young.

                                                                                                                          John Wright


Arguments for a marionette theatre

Notes on despair in the marionette theatre 

Reasons to be cheerful in the marionette theatre

On becoming a marionettist by Edward Gordon Craig

The Marionette by John Wright

The Spirit of the Marionette by John Phillips

The Decline of the Marionette by John Blundall

Report on Argy-Bargy evening on the Puppet Theatre Barge