Preparing the final performances
Two groups were creating stories for the final performances. From flipcharts the stories were transferred on the tables with the puppets being the true protagonists. Soon on these screens! The two groups focused on shared topics from the third session. Facilitators helped participants using flipchart and giving examples of possible stories to be performed on stage. The Bangladesh group was invited to write a story on their tradition and legends connected with religion or on sport protagonists in their own country. This group was slower than the African one as in the participants’ opinion, puppetry has a religious connotation and they did not feel comfortable in creating puppets and then using them to create a story, so after this session of creating the story, the group decided not to participate anymore and dropped out the pilot session. The African group instead, was enthusiastic and started creating a detailed plot and objects for the final performance. They practiced a lot with the puppets and tried to rehearse the story they wrote on a flip chart, helped by the facilitators and tutors from their refugee centres. They also selected the puppets for the final performance and adapted the clothes and details to the story. It took a while before the participants felt confident in operating the puppets and in remembering all the stages of the story.