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Tysoe Marionette Group

The sound track for our new play “Love of Seven Dolls”, dramatised from Paul Gallico, calls for Breton folk tunes, songs from Edith Piaf’s Paris of the mid 20th Century, theatre audience noises, fair ground music and acrobatic act accompaniments, the selection of which is keeping us very busy.  Derek Rush is to be our resident guitarist, as most of the music is to be live, rather than from recordings. Final casting for the 14 speaking/singing parts needed is almost complete and dry runs have started.

On the technical side, wooden bodies are being made at the rate of one a week, (our fastest yet!), papier-mâché heads painted and puppet booth logistics worked out.  The search is on for diagrams depicting the uniform of a French-Senegalese line regiment, the tattered remnants of which are to be worn by our tallest marionette yet, a full 18 inch high Senegalese, who plays the on-stage 9 inch guitar!  Let us hope he can keep the same time as Derek.

Our Junior Team, preparing “The Surprising Story of Alfred, Warder of the Tower” comprises Verity, Hannah-Marie, Marifa and Lauren who are now getting into the finer mechanics of marionette operation, including how to make a character shiver in pure fright as a dismembered head just casually float by!

Anybody interested in participating in either of these productions is invited to contact Jon and Ann Beeny on Tysoe 680431, or

Email:  JonandAnn@annbeeny.f9.co.uk

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