Bath Spa University’s Arts and Social Change Research Group

in conjunction with UNIMA Research Commission and Puppet Place



Broken Puppet 2:

A Symposium on Puppetry and Disability Performance

14-15 April 2018



Professor Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan

Bath Spa University’s Arts and Social Change Research Group in conjunction with the UNIMA Research Commission and Puppet Place are delighted to announce a 2-day symposium exploring the ways puppetry and disability intersect to produce innovative art forms.

Recent puppetry work such as Hijinx Theatre’s Meet Fred (2017), Graeae Theatre Company’s The Iron Man (2011), Daryl Beeton’s A Square World (2017) and Corina Duyn’s Life Outside the Box (2017) use puppetry to explore stories of those with disabilities and to engage with disabled culture. At the 2017 Bristol Festival of Puppetry, Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies facilitated workshops and labs to explore intersections of disability and puppetry. Guerilla Dance Project and OpenUp Music conducted a lab to develop eye gaze assisted puppetry, and Hijinx Theatre worked with puppetry companies Blind Summit and Green Ginger to explore tabletop puppetry with learning disabled adults. These diverse performance-based projects engage with and provoke areas of inquiry around the ways in which bodies and social spaces can be understood and performed differently.

This symposium will bring together artists, scholars, and members of the public to reflect on, analyse, and further develop this emerging work in the field of puppetry and disability performance.

The Call for Proposals, due 19 Jan 2018, is at