'Belly-speakers', machines and dummies: puppetry in the Australian colonies, 1830s-1850s

Anae, Nicole (2007) 'Belly-speakers', machines and dummies: puppetry in the Australian colonies, 1830s-1850s. Australasian Drama Studies (51). pp. 35-56. ISSN 0810-4123

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The purpose of this article is to give some attention to the characteristics and performative styles of Australian colonial puppetry during the first fifty years of European settlement. Both formal and informal modes of puppetry will be examined - from self-assembled 'toy theatres' in around the 1830s, to grand exhibitions of mechanical automata in the 1840s, and roadside glove puppet shows and marionette theatre beginning in the J850s. In particular, the examination argues that it is possible to track key developments in nineteenth-century colonial puppetry to twin factors: shifts in attitudes to entertainment motivated by mechanisation and commercialisation; and the rising popularity of ventriloquism, magicians and minstrel shows in the early Victorian era.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright on all articles appearing in Australasian Drama Studies rests with the author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Theatre
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2010 00:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: ventriloquism, Victorian theatre, Australian theatre, puppetry, performing arts, colonial theatre
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7004

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