Early stage
Shaoyang puppet show

No matter what kind of performance the puppet show, the puppet show needs a stage. On the one hand, the stage is used to separate the front and back and between the audience and the performers, and on the other hand, it provides the drama setting required for the performance.

At the beginning of the development of puppet theater, the stage was relatively simple, using only a pole, and Bulian erected a simple stage. Later, puppet theater became popular and the stage became more complicated, and the early four corner booth was born.

The structure of the three to five meters wide theater is similar to a small earth temple. It has four pillars and a hall in the middle. It is a stage for puppetry activities. Among its four sides, three sides are empty. The hall has a cross screen. It was used to hide the performances of entertainers. The decoration and carvings of the four corner sheds were relatively simple in the early days, but gradually developed in later stages to be more complex and delicate, and the stage was made in accordance with wood carving techniques and traditional Chinese architectural styles.


In the 19th century, puppet theater developed a hexagonal stage stage, also known as Cailou. It added a slope on the left and right front of the stage to attract audiences on the left and right sides. This kind of hexagonal stage design, although the stage width is not large, The increase in amplitude has made the stage space and visual effects more varied. Although this kind of beautiful and richly decorated stage can attract audiences and is itself a sculptured artwork, it is expensive and difficult to carry. Therefore, not all theatrical troupes can afford it. Therefore, after the 1930s in Taiwan, appeared A kanban style painted theater.
The decorative patterns of this type of stage are all made in a flat color painting method, which is cheap and easy to carry, and the stage effect is not inferior to the traditional stage. So far, the theater is still the main stage choice for puppet theater group performances.