manipulate - Scotland's visual theatre and film festival, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland
The oldest, and most famous puppet in the world, what is his name?
Polichinelle in France, Punch in England, Pulcinella in Italy, Petrouchka in Russia, Kasperl in Germany, Don Cristobal in Spain, Karagöz in Turkey, Karaghiosis in Greece, Mamulengo in Brazil...
Already alive and kicking in 18th century Naples, this crazy, insolent, larger than life Neapolitan runt embodies the contradictions that audiences have laughed at and related to ever since . Both naive and tricky, obscene and romantic, fearful and brave, rascal and philosopher, at its best this character speaks to us still. Because Polichinelle laughs at everything. Even death.
If you only ever see one Polichinelle/Punch/Pulcinella/Petrushka/Kasperl/Don Christobal/ Karagöz/ Karaghiosis booth show in your life, make it this one. Welcome to hilarious frenzy of La Pendue’s anarchic, supremely virtuosic, brilliantly contemporary version of this character’s 400 year old story.
Since its premiere nine years ago La Pendue has performed POLI DEGAINE to great acclaim over 800 times in more than 30 countries around the world, from cobbled town squares in the oldest of Europe’s towns to the most modern and exalted of cultural theatre spaces in the Far East. Come and find out why...
This production has spoken dialogue. It is very easy to understand though as the visual language of puppetry is universal.