Abstract by Dr. Philip Taylor, Faculty of Education, Griffith University
The author explores the role of theatre and, particularly, of puppets in education. He examines special educational programs that focus on the life and survival of children and of distraught adolescents.
Michel Melin is a poet, and has come to theatre to enlarge his range of vision. He writes plays for children and has dedicated a large part of his time to drama work and teaching, especially with handicapped children.
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A long time ago men
still hadn't invented writing
to tell stories and to make History
They carved images in stone.
In the dephts of the seas of time
All we find of men
is carving and fear
Giving the gods a form
as well as to powers invoked
Waking up one day on the face in the mirror
and saying : I'm human
No one knows at which of the world's moments
men invented the puppet.
Maybe it was when one of them got up
and went out in search of meaning of appearences
He created out of stone and wood a small thing
articulated and fragile
Then, silently, he looked at it
with the eyes of childhood...
The dream come true
drove away the chimeras
and ripped the cold veil of night
So that dawn could become day...