Monday, July 21, 2008

Toy Theatre in Literature: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I like to observe children. It is fascinating to watch the individuality in them struggling for self-assertion. I could see that the other children's things had tremendous charm for the red-haired boy, especially a toy theatre, in which he was so anxious to take a part that he resolved to fawn upon the other children. He smiled and began to play with them. His one and only apple he handed over to a puffy urchin whose pockets were already crammed with sweets, and he even carried another youngster pickaback--all simply that he might be allowed to stay with the theatre.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Toy Theatre Collection Published

From toy theatre collector Nigel Peever comes this news about his exciting new book...
My book has just arrived in the post, all the way from America. I'm really pleased with it, nearly 420 toy theatre sheets all in one neat book.

You can find it here.

It's a massive bespoke book, produced individually for each purchaser so it's not cheap but I hope you'll agree that by putting so many sheets in one book it certainly works out a lot cheaper than making a book up for each play for example. And probably cheaper than printing the sheets off on your own home printer.

It's good quality paper too, Hi res scans, a very professional book just like any you'd find in a bookstore.

You can preview the first few pages by clicking the book preview bit on the url I've given you...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Many Face of Punch & Judy

Nineteenth-Century Stage Actors

Miniature portraits by J.L. Marks - Hand-coloured, os Mr Honner as Lord Rosslyn, Mr Gallot as Rugantino the Bravo of Venice, Mr O. Smith as Orsino, and Mrs Selby as Boadicea.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Tom Haney

Tom Haney has a new website. Tom is the creative genius behind some amazing new automatons. He's one of the new generation, building on the past, and putting their own stamp on the