Monday, December 26, 2005

Toy Theatre in Retail

Charming toys of old are presented in a toy theatre setting; click the picture below to see the show...

Click me for the show!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Toy Theatres Go to the Movies

All toy theatre enthusiasts are aware of the roots of toy theatre, i.e., theatres and plays for the small stage based on actual plays and real theatres. However, some may not know that at least one well-known film based on a play was specifically adapted for the toy theatre - Lawrence Oliver's Hamlet...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Toy Theatre Online Videos

There are two videos showing toy theatres online. One is a contemporary news item featuring Pollock's Toy Shop in Covent Garden with Peter Baldwin. The other is an early 20th century newsreel showing Mr. Pollock printing, cutting, and coloring toy theatres, as well as putting up a stage and demonstration. Off to the right is a woman assisting him - not sure if it is a family member, or perhaps M. Fawdry?


It is fun to see influences of toy theatre* in popular culture, such as this music video by the Dresden Dolls...

* Among other influences such as puppetry, cabaret, mime, etc.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Team Spirit

Show your "team spirit"; join the Toy Theatre Enthusiasts FRAPPR Group - a great way to network!

How to Build Your Own Toy Theater

There have been several questions brought up on toy theatre discussion groups lately on how to do this or that. Paul Weighall from the Pollock's Toy Museum in London gave me permission to post a great 'how-to' that he and Trevor Griffin co-wrote.

You can download the document here.