SAINT VINCENTS CARIBBEAN PUPPET SHOW

A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object, such as a puppet, in real time to create the illusion of life. The puppeteer may be visible to or hidden from the audience. A puppeteer can operate a puppet indirectly by the use of strings, rods, wires, electronics or directly by his or her own hands placed up inside the puppet or holding it externally.

There are a wide range of styles of puppetry but whatever the style, the puppeteer’s role is to manipulate the physical object in such a manner that the audience believes the object is imbued with life. In some instances the persona of the puppeteer is also an important feature.

Almost every government department in SVG is under puppetatorship, a dictatorial puppet master, a puppeteer.

In fact who needs a government when we have Gonsalves?

What school needs teachers when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need doctors when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need judges and magistrates when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need a police chief when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need a CEO of VINLEC when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need a CEO of CWSA when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need agriculturists when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need historians when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need a constitution when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need a queen when we have Gonsalves?

Why do we need preachers when we have an Obiman?

This man claims to be the expert in every subject and every matter, only his opinion and point of view matters.

This man is what we may describe as a ‘know all’, an expert in all and everything known to man. What he is in fact is a puppeteer, he pulls the strings and all our officials and government workers dance, the judiciary, the police, educationalists, preachers, historians. They all dance whilst its his voice, and only his voice that can be heard. Its a real puppet show by one the Caribbean’s leading puppeteer’s.

The relationship between the puppeteer and the puppet is often assumed to be similar to that between a director and an actor. This may be so, but one of the characteristics of puppetry is that very often the puppeteer assumes the  roles of puppet-maker, director, designer, writer and performer. In this case a puppeteer is a more complete theatre practitioner than his puppets.

Any state anywhere in the World, that would like a puppeteer, we have one we would just love to get rid of. You can have him free, I was going to say no strings attached, but with puppeteers that impossible.
 
 
Peter Binose
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