Have you ever been inside a giant puppet? Have you ever felt curious what it feels like to be a 7 ft pink rabbit, a baby (diaper and all) ? Or maybe you’ve always wonder what kind of people are inside these contraptions?
Well, we had all of those questions answered and more at Snuff Skool, a highly energetic workshop run by Snuff Puppets where participants (willing guinea pigs) learn how to manoeuvre a giant puppet.
Here are our top tips on surviving and thriving at Snuff Skool.
1. Wear cool and breathable clothing.
It is HOT inside the puppets. Do not go to Snuff Skool in a hoodie, unless you want to look like you came out of a washing machine.
2. Give it a good go.
It’s not every day that you get to go inside an enormous bunny rabbit or become a pile of mince, so let loose. The great thing about a workshop like this is that, ideally, everybody is a newbie just like you. It feels awkward and daunting at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be questioning why you never even considered a career as a mascot! OK, maybe not but it’s still a chance to explore your inner kid. Just do it.
3. Take the practice performances seriously.
Some of the puppets take a lot more skill than others. For example, the skeleton suit is essentially just that. Pop it on and voila you’re part of the undead, easy. A puppet like the cow—on the other hand—has levers and pulleys, requires stamina and concentration. Listen to your instructors carefully when trying to tackle this puppet.
4. Eat hydrating foods and drink heaps of water.
This one is a no-brainer. It’s a physical activity and you need to have your energy levels up. Don’t be alarmed, it’s not a beep test, you can stop feeling guilty for skipping that gym session.
Top food choices: Watermelon, oranges and cucumber. Protein like chicken, tofu, tuna and lentils.
5. Let loose when you’re out for a roaming.
This tip is similar to number 3, but roaming is when you go out and perform for the public. We went to the local train station and around to nearby cafes. Depending on your class, you might go out roaming or not. But, when and if you do make sure you listen carefully to instructors, because they’re the experts. Have fun with it and don’t take yourself too seriously, you’re a giant baby, a dog or a seagull after all!