Let The Second Stringers tell you the story of Fingerland. Once upon a time it was a big theatre shared by many different species of puppets. Each species had its own studio and played for their audience. But waters were never still in this big shared theatre. Some of the studios where big, other very small; some were rich, other almost empty and unproductive. But all of them played their repertory. Oh, we almost forgot! There was another studio, apart from the theatre but acting as being part of it, where The Marionettes developed their repertory. Some of the managers of these studios decided once they deserve to lead several other studios, never minding the different techniques involved in operating another breed of puppets. Not to mention a crazy manager who thought that other species were impure. But this is another story.
After many scandals and disputes, a brave manager decided to unite all the studios and to share the audience. Thereby he explained how shared public will increase income for each studio. This is how The United Studios of Puppet Theatre was formed.
Analysing the quality of language and productions, the rulers of the TUSOPT decided that Fingerland should not be a part of the united audience mechanism. The characters of the Fingerland productions were operated by fingers, which – in their opinion – was something dirty and devoid of substance. People from Fingerland were so sad. They wanted to be part of the shared audience mechanism, they wanted more income, they wanted a better life…but their operators were not tall enough to see where the real fights were taken to.
After many years, the Fingerland studio was approved to join TUSOPT. Now the Fingerlanders were happy and optimistic and they ran to make a career in different studios around the Theatre. Yet, in a very short time they realised that not only they had less authority in their own studio, but they were not allowed to play anymore in foreign studios. The laws of TUSOPT were applied to all studios, except Fingerland. Therefore another species of puppets was born: the Second Stringers.
Definition of a Second Stringer: a kind of puppet once part of a specific studio, who left its own place in order to build for itself a stronger theatrical career and realised on the way that the rules of other TUSOPT studios do not allow this kind of puppets to play. Jobs allowed to Second Stringers, regardless of education or training: cleaning, feeding the other breeds or building new stages for the expending studios.
The Second Stringers are not allowed to play in a different studio then Fingerland for the following reasons:
- They come from Fingerland.
- The Second Stringers, which are genuine finger characters, are operated by fingers. Fingers are considered by TUSOPT to be dirty, elusive and able to prig from every pocket they find.
- Because of their origin, The Second Stringers are considered raw material, agrestic stuff, uncivilised and chronic thieves.
- Fingerland is positioned in the East area of Theatre, where criminality and failure of education are considered to be at “high standards”.
- The management of Fingerland has a very low profile ( which seems to be a true fact, acknowledged by the Fingerlanders)
- The Second Stringers have a funny accent.