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Puppets starting to move closer to centre stage

The art form is gaining new respect, cherished by audiences raised on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

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“Puppetry’s kind of an underdog. We’ve always existed on the periphery of the dominant culture. In some ways that’s our strength.” - Blair Thomas, founder of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Chicago

A SHOP vacuum became a lover; suction was involved. A great fanged creature appeared with a man inside. Ghostly villagers assembled, silent and wreathed with smoke as their buildings burned and burned.

It was a puppet invasion - all part of the 11-day Chicago International

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