Social String Puppetry
These kinds of activities don’t exist in our area.
If you people come out regularly, we will participate daily.
Kanwal Naz - 12 Years old student in Orangi Town, Karachi - Pakistan
As one of the oldest performing arts traditions in the world, string puppetry has often provided a medium for social commentary through culturally relevant and relatable stories.
Thespianz Foundation has worked over the past decade to revitalize string puppetry, incorporating new themes of tolerance, diversity, and resilience into the old folklore.
Being a mother of two young kids, It is really difficult to educate children from the societal dos and don'ts. The way Thespianz chose to educate children from social evils is really appreciating.
Shazia Mansoor - House Wife in
Liyari, Karachi - Pakistan
For some youth, string puppetry has helped connect them with their culture, and understand values of peace and justice. A young man named Aijaz witnessed a string puppetry performance on his way home from his job as a gas station cashier.
After leaving school when his father passed away at age 15, Aijaz worked to help support his family, but always had a passion for arts and culture. When the Thespianz Foundation came to his small village, he saw the beauty and love that came from the performance and realized his admiration for the arts was still alive inside of him.
Today I have learned from Puppets that "Theft Is A Curse" and "Lie Is A Sin",
Zainab Arshad - 10 Years old Govt. School
Student in Korangi, Karachi - Pakistan
Discussions follow every performance, allowing audience members to share what they learned during the performance, and inquire about other themes.
Amjad connected with the Thespianz artists, and told them “It’s been an awesome day in my life after many years, and I cannot forget this day in my whole life.”
This is first time that our school has hosted such activity (Puppetry Performance). Our students enjoyed the performance very much and the best thing is that "They Have Learned So Many Things" they usually don't learn from books.
Yasmeen Laghari - Govt. School Teacher in Liaqatabad, Karachi - Pakistan
String puppetry brings a new opportunity to rekindle culture from past generations, and develop new storylines that can continue into future generations.
Since 2005, the Thespianz Foundation has performed over 300 puppet shows in 72 neighborhoods across all six district of Karachi in Pakistan.