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ONE of the world's oldest theatrical traditions is being brought to life in a new interactive exhibition. Liverpool Museum is pulling the strings of the popular Puppet Worlds. The core of the exhibition, being hosted by the city until September,had previously only been seen in London. But it's been expanded for its showing in Liverpool, providing a range of new displays and interactive features.

The exhibition provides an insight into ancient puppetry traditions that span more than 100 years both at home and across the globe.

Beautiful and rare examples include Burmese string puppets, rod puppets from Java,Thai shadow puppets and Vietnamese water puppets.

The display puts the characteristics and roles of different puppets into context and explores they they were used to convey stories and legends.

A large back lit screen allows visitors to experience `life'as a shadow puppet, while the reare various costumes on hand for dressing up.

There are also activity areas where visitors can play with the puppets.

A display of National Museums Liverpool's staff's own puppets brings the exhibition up-to-date with puppets everyone will recognise -including Sooty, Muffin the Mule and various characters from the TV series Sesame Street and The Muppets.

And a video projection showing sequences from puppet -based children's TVprogrammes reflects how this ancient art has been adapted into our popular culture.

There is also an original Codman Punch & Judy stall with Punch & Judy shows programmed during the exhibition's run,along with a variety of other puppet shows,demonstrations and activities.

And there is even a set of one-third life-sizedBeatles puppets in Sergeant Pepper costumes,and the original giant puppets from the launch of Liverpool city's Year ofFaith celebrations at the Anglican Cathedral.

Puppet Worlds,Liverpool Museum, William Brown Street,Liverpool.

Free admission. The museum is open Monday to Saturday,10am to 5pm; Sunday,noon to 5pm.Information: 0151478 4393. Website:
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 4, 2004
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