Saints and Sinners is strolling puppet theatre group whose members source fabrics for their creations at our very own More Than Just a Yardage Sale and other TMC Volunteer fundraising events. Group member and TMC Volunteer Nell Coleman (pictured, centre) describes what Saints and Sinners is all about:
As a historical costume maker, it has long been an ambition of mine to form a puppet company based on the strolling players of Tudor England. It’s absolutely wonderful to see it fulfilled in Saints and Sinners. We come dressed in Tudor garb, pushing the cart that is the very heart of our existence. It contains our puppets, our props, our scenery and our musical instruments, as well as all that we need for day-to-day living.
With it, we can set up and perform in an instant. Pack up and run away in an instant too! The Priest and the Sheriff are forever trying to catch us and the punishments are dire! But for all that we keep going, wandering the highways and byways, rewriting, arguing, sulking, patching and mending – but always ready to forget out troubles and perform one of our Bawdy Medieval Plays or Definitely Different Bible Tales. You may have guessed that we are definitely NOT a children’s puppet theatre!
We appeared in Monarch Park early this summer and at Fresh Ideas in Puppetry. Puppets Up!, an annual two-day international festival took place in Almonte, Ont. in August.
As our two youngest members are now busy, we are looking for replacements. When we are up to strength we will make bookings for next year.
Strand News is the online meeting place for members of the Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada. Our annual fundraisers, including the Textile Bazaar, support Museum programs and exhibitions.