Puppetry and Ventriloquism in Scotland
Gilpress publishes occasional titles which are largely connected with the historical aspects of puppetry and ventriloquism in Scotland. If you have any questions about the books or the subject matter, you can contact us here.
The Life of a Showman
David Prince Miller was a showman, involved in a range of exhibitions and theatricals. His record of achievements veered between being a moderately successful theatrical manager, and a bankrupt, who spent some time in debtor’s jail. Throughout his long professional life, he continued to return to some of his core skills, which included conjuring, Punch and Judy, and marionettes. Miller’s account of his life, largely as a travelling showman, has been out of print for over 150 years. This publication brings together Miller’s lively text, a new essay on Miller and his life, and additional information on his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren, particularly those who became involved with theatricals.
With over 350 pages, the book has been fully-indexed, along with the addition of a genealogical chart, and 39 illustrations, some of which are being published for the first time.
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The Carrick Marionettes
After enjoying puppetry as a hobby for many years, Watson and Maimie Black turned professional in 1948, finding a suitable hall in the Ayrshire seaside town of Girvan. Their marionettes were designed and constructed by Watson, and costumed by Maimie. One of the most popular items in their repertoire was a marionette performance of the Robert Burns poem, Tam O'Shanter. This account of their work with puppetry is illustrated with many black & white photographs.
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A Timber Idol: Mr Punch in Scotland
Some 15 years in research and preparation, this well-illustrated book uncovers Mr Punch’s earliest appearances in Scotland, and travels almost 350 years in time with him, as he makes his appearances on the fairgrounds, on city and town streets, on the beach, on Music Hall stages, at bazaars, fetes and similar events.
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