Behind the Scenes in St Albans

July 29th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Behind the Scenes in St Albans

A behind the Scenes Exhibition of St Albans Young People’s Puppet Theatre is running from 26th July until 11th August 2019 at St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY.

Back in June 2019, St Albans Cathedral partnered with local organisation YPPT and Alban City School to present the original cathedral stories in a new way. This summer you come and see these amazing puppets, props and backdrops again this time on display. You can also learn all about how they were created for these special performances in the Cathedral.

Original plays brought the Cathedral characters to life and Year 6 students from Alban City School performed the plays, written by Rebekah King and directed and produced by Jeremy Duschenes, in St Albans Cathedral’s Nave. They were: The Crossing Place: A re-imagination of the Alban and Amphibalus story, A Grim Day Out: A story about Lord Grimthorpe and the mark he made.

Entry to the exhibition is free. In the exhibition, 8 scenes, featuring their puppet characters, from these Cathedral plays will be on show so you can see their intricate details up close. You can discover how a marionette puppet is made, from the clay head, hands and feet, assembling, making the clothes, and stringing up. Learn how the puppets were created over several months by Cathedral volunteers in photos and equipment on display. If you wonder what is the difference between a marionette and a puppet is Marionettes are types of puppets manipulated by strings from above but there are all kinds of puppets that can be made to tell all kinds of stories. 

Perhaps you can then return to your St Albans or Harpenden home and with your friends and family have a go making a marionette puppet or a simpler puppet of your own.