International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021

Lecture Presentation

Puppets and Narratives

Bright Ong

Sun 27 June 2021
3:00pm – 4:00pm SGT (Convert Time)
Online via Zoom
SGD 10

For adult participants ages 18 years old and above.

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From giant floating spectres, to interactive 360 views of digital palaces with live-action puppetry on film, to peephole puppetry, Bright Ong has worked with a delightful range of puppets. Not all puppets are the same, so how do different puppets shape your performance? Whether you’re in a classroom, a blackbox, outdoors or on your screen using Zoom, learn how best to include puppets in your storytelling. 

Drawing from his experience, gain insights into different puppet types and get the chance to ask Bright the puppetmaster any questions you have.

Artists, Educators, Parents & Caregivers


  • Build awareness of different puppet styles
  • Explore a short introduction to puppetry
  • Discover different puppet types (e.g. shadow puppets, rod puppets, giant puppets etc.)
  • Understand how puppets can shape your story

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Appreciate different styles and types of puppetry
  • Evaluate which puppets to use for different performances
  • Learn how to use recycled materials to make a simple puppet
  • Understand how to include puppets in your storytelling


Photography & Video Recording Rules:

  • Unauthorised video and audio recording of this lecture presentation is strictly not permitted for this event.

Admittance Rules:

  • All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission on Zoom. 
  • Each patron must have their own ticket. 
  • Patrons will be admitted at each session using the name and email address provided when purchasing tickets.
  • The lecture presentation will be recorded for archival purposes and may be used as marketing for future editions of the Festival. All recordings will remain with the Festival and not available for dissemination.
  • The lecture presentation is a one-time livestreamed event. Recorded versions of completed livestreamed events will not be made available to patrons.
  • Latecomers will be admitted at suitable intervals to minimise disruption to the lecture presentation.
  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.


  • Use a laptop or computer (rather than a mobile device) for a better experience.
  • Please be in a quiet area with minimal background noise or disruptions where possible.


Bright Ong
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Bright Ong (Singapore)

Bright is a multidisciplinary performance-maker with an established and diverse practice in theatre and puppetry. He led an award-winning production for Ninjago: The Realm of Shadows at Legoland Malaysia and collaborates with arts groups including Esplanade, Wild Rice and The Artground. He has been featured at international festivals. He loves to challenge existing genres of art and is excited to combine puppetry, video gaming and storytelling for the digital realm.