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Le Forgeron Marionettes, Arabian sultan, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of an Arabian sultan. He wears a yellow shirt, a green embroidered jacket, red pants, a black embroidered cummerbund and a multi-coloured turban. He has a painted face, hands and feet (with painted slippers), and black woolly hair poking out from under his turban. Operating strings are attached ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, Spanish lady, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a female Spanish dancer. The puppet wears a long-sleeved, ankle-length dress made of yellow satin with black lace trimming along the hem. Over this she wears a black satin bustier, and has a black lace shawl draped over her head and shoulders. She wears a pink flower in her wavy brown hair ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, knight, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a medieval knight wearing armour on his arms, legs, feet and torso. He has a matching hat. The armour is made of silver-coloured cardboard with black detailing, and underneath it the knight wears a blue tunic. The knight has pronounced facial features with a very large chin, nose and cheekbones. ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, elephant, 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a domesticated elephant, covered in grey cloth and with movable legs, ears and trunk. It has glass eyes and is wearing a green fringed rug edged with silver sequins on its back and a matching head covering. Operating strings are attached to numerous parts, including the head, limbs and shoulders. ...

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Le Forgeron Marionettes, beagle 1930-56

This is a handmade marionette of a beagle, covered in white and tan cloth, and with weighted feet. Operating strings are attached to the head and rump. It was part of Le Forgeron Marionettes, an Australian puppet theatre company that operated from 1930 until 1956.

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Auditioning to be a puppetee - Flocks, fish and eels, 2006

This is a video about how puppeteers were selected for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Casting consultant Rachael Azzopardi and director of puppetry Peter Wilson talk about the attributes the performers needed. The duration of the video is 1 min 43 sec.

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Things with wings - The transformation of a toy duck, 2006

This is a video about the waddling duck puppet and other winged props used in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Al Martinez (props construction manager) and Dan Potra (production designer) talk about the designs and show how they work. The duration is 1 min 16 sec.