The Past and Present of Puppet Theatre in the Arab World

22 March '20 at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The presentation will provide an introduction to the history of puppet theatre in the Arab region covering a wide time-frame starting from past to present days. The event will give an insight to the audience on the various forms and techniques by positioning this rich art form of theatre in its historical and geographical context. A number of puppetry styles will be illustrated, such as glove puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and objects. The talk will highlight how puppet performances were tackling different issues related to the Arab region, from playing at weddings to discussing social, political and historical topics.

Founded in 2008 and the first of its kind The Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation provides a vital platform to revive, advance and continually challenge and rethink puppetry in the Arab world, whilst encouraging and supporting the professional development of any artists interested in puppetry practices.


Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA, England.


This event is part of Converging Paths 2020, organised by Asia House and The Barakat Trust, and with the support of The Altajir Trust. We also thank the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for their support. This event is brought to you by Rich Mix and The Arab British Centre.

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