Journeys and adventure: “gigs”

The theatrical professions are closely allied to the world of journeys, aeroplanes and roads. Puppeteers, especially, obliged to travel with props, structures, and the wooden, metal or cardboard characters of their puppets, will often have to use a van, lorry or freight-container to transport their shows.

The mobility intrinsic to visual and puppet theatre (understandable by audiences speaking different languages) means that performers are experienced and incorrigible travellers.

The profusion of festivals today, all over the world – no country, however small, is without its puppet festival – makes the profession of puppeteer an increasing adventure of travel and seasonal migration. In addition, this encourages the accumulation of belongings brought back from other cultures, converting the homes of many puppeteers into little museums.