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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.

“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


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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