Delia Robinson
Puppet CitiesBrecht Theater"Pretty Polly's" paint driesNose Crankie-  Introducing the Family"The Birth of Alexei Pigov" from Marc Estrin's novel "The Annotated Nose"Crankie WorkshopCranky StageWindow TheaterBig Blue Bear TheaterThe Puppet Show, a whistle by Delia RobinsonA Small Traveling Circus
Crankies... sometimes with puppets.
A crankie is an old method of creating a moving panorama. A picture-rich scroll is mounted inside a cabinet. The sequence of pictures is pulled across a viewing window, usually using two spools. All the rave in the 1800's, it still has popularity with social activists, ballad singers, and those with an interest in the past.

A crankie performance combines well with puppets, large or small, and shadow puppets.

I've loved crankies since I first saw one in at Bread and Puppet Theater in the 60's. I prefer using them as a visual adjunct to ballad singing.
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