The audience is assembled and the curtain rises. On the little stage of the puppet theatre is… another even smaller puppet theatre!
We watch as an old man plays accordion, a young boy taps out a jig and plays a whistle. Then they (and we) settle down to watch a miniature Punch and Judy show! This is followed by shadow puppets dancing in the light, by glowing mushrooms popping up onstage, by a beautiful sea princess swimming in the waves with a sea witch, by an arrogant wind trying to blow out the moon.
And afterwards, when the audience have gone, we get to go backstage and play a little, meet the puppets, and their operators, watch the whole thing being made ready for the next performance.
If you like puppets you might like the previous blog, Strings and Things; watch out for another puppet-related bog next week, when we meet the Giant.