I recently had the opportunity to interview Ronnie Burkett, a man many call the world’s greatest puppeteer. After seeing his latest show, Penny Plain, at Toronto’s Factory Theatre, I understand why. The following excerpt is the introduction to my interview with him, which is currently posted not the home page of Zoomer magazine’s website. Below the excerpt are links to both my full interview with Burkett, and my review of Penny Plain:
Canadian Ronnie Burkett is one of the world’s premier puppeteers. For 25 years, his Theatre of Marionettes has been gripping adult audiences with plays featuring the unique combination of mature, thought-provoking, philosophical themes enacted on stage with puppets. Burkett’s current show, Penny Plain, set during the apocalypse and featuring a cast of characters including the blind and aging Penny to psychopaths, cross-dressers and even Geppetto and Pinocchio, is currently playing at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. Burkett recently spoke with Zoomer about Penny Plain, what goes into his craft, his fears as a performer and one embarrassing on-stage incident in Amsterdam.