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Shadowplay, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim.

The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent colour or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod, and laugh.

Shadow play is popular in various cultures, among both children and adults in many countries around the world. More than 20 countries are known to have shadow show troupes.

Shadowplay is an ancient tradition with a long history in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia.

It is an innovative artisanship that has found a special niche for expressing deep spiritual and sociopolitical convictions for centuries in China, India and Nepal, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Greece, Germany, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and of late, the United States of America.