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Puppetry for Theatrophiles – Review of Francis’ Puppetry: A Reader in Theatre Practice

Published in the Puppet Notebook

Please cite as May, S. (2012) ‘Puppetry for Theatrophiles – Puppetry: A Reader in Theatre Practice by Penny Francis’. Puppet Notebook. Issue 21, Spring 2012. 

Penny Francis begins the first chapter of her book by explaining that it is intended “for every category of theatrophile”, an indication of the scope and ambition of the project. In other words, she attempts to write a book which will appeal to puppeteers, scholars and theatre-makers considering puppets for the first time. I suspect that different chapters will appeal to different groups but all should enjoy Francis’ writing style, which is authoritative yet accessible.

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