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Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play [Hardcover]

David Currell
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16 Oct 2007
"Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play" is a comprehensive guide to the design, construction and manipulation and presentation of shadow puppets, considered by many to be the oldest puppet theatre tradition. Traditional shadow play techniques, together with modern materials and methods and recent explorations into theatre of shadows, are explained with precision and clarity, and illustrated by photographs that include the work of some of the finest shadow players in the world.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (16 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861269242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861269249
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clearly written, intelligently organized, precisely illustrated and beautifully designed." --"Theatre Design and Technology"

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David Currell is widely recognized as a leading authority on puppet theatre. He was co-founder of the National Puppet Centre and its chairperson for nearly twenty years. One of the most widely published authors on the subject over a period of forty years, this is his first book to focus exclusively on shadow play, which is one of his specialist interests. David has written Puppets and Puppet Theatre and Making & Manipulating Marionettes for Crowood. Resident - London SW

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 22 April 2011
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This is a seriously beautiful book, but unless you are really into shadow puppetry it may have too much info.
It covers virtually all aspects of shadow puppetry with lots of great photos.
It truly is for the puppet connoisseur and if you are one then you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars s sound guide 13 Dec 2013
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This book was recommended to me by a veteran puppeteer and I can see why. Very informative with loads of illustrations and ideas
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best shadow puppet book 26 Mar 2014
By deb
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This book is the must have if you are really interested in learning how to work with shadow puppet.

It is a quite technical book that i wouldn't recommend to beginners but if you have some notion and you want to learn more then this book is perfect for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite helpful 17 July 2008
This book is a helpful reference to get some robes as well as detailing on cultural applications of shadow puppetry, i'm following some ideas presented and does start on how you can use photoshop software with any filming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Puppets and Shadow plays 29 Oct 2010
By Robert Schotland - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the Shadow puppeteer's bible. The book explains everything you need to know about shadow puppetry. It's got easy to understand text, step by step illustrations not only to make the puppets, but the stage as well. This book is great for school projects, girl scout and boy soout projects and any one who wishes to give shadow puppetry a whirl
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only buy one book, get this one! 21 April 2014
By Illusions Illuminated, Inc. - Published on Amazon.com
I actually purchased two additional books on shadow puppets for an upcoming performance. THIS book covered a little bit of everything from types of shadow puppets, materials, staging, lighting set-ups and positioning, fastening methods, colored shadow puppets, and more! Tons of beautiful photographs so it's easy to see exactly what is being written about.

There are not "templates" to photocopy and make your own puppets, or printed scripts/ stories. The book is focused on professional use of shadow puppets. Our show starts in a week and without this book, we'd be having a hard time "figuring things out" on our own. I've never felt compelled to write a product review before, but this book is just THAT great!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book on the subject. 4 Aug 2013
By Yann Charaoui - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're interested in shadow puppetry, this is the book for you.
It covers all the main aspects of the genre; history, techniques, fabrication, lighting, etc...
The quality of the images are stellar, the text is easy to read, the research thorough.
I really think this book is a little gem and has become my reference for shadow play theater.
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone exploring Shadow puppetry should find this well worth it 11 July 2013
By rag - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful book with colorful plates and enjoyable text. It was a gift to me so I can't talk about shippng etc. I love this book. I think it would be great for those who are just curious, to those pursuing shadow puppetry, to those who have already done some shadow work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 26 Feb 2013
By Terri Rowley - Published on Amazon.com
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The better text and introductory primer that is currently available on the mainstream for the study of shadow puppets, silhouettes, and the like through the performance of plays and animation.
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