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Make and Play in a day

One day workshop adapted for all ages includes:

  • demonstration of puppet styles and techniques.
  • making a quick and easy puppet
  • learning puppet performance skills - focus, movement/action and voice/sound.
  • end of session performance

Demonstration of different puppet styles - glove, rod and string, and a basic history of these puppets and how they are used around the world.

Tips for puppet performance
• The three rules of puppetry are focus, movement and voice. Puppets need to focus on what they are doing for the action to come alive. Their movement, e.g. running, walking, dancing, needs to be clear. The voice is usually found through the character and movement.

• Each puppet has its own character depending on how it is made, the emotion expressed on the face, its movement – fast, slow, heavy etc -- and the voice.

• Puppetry is ideal for transforming from an everyday event/situation to a magical/dream scenario.

• Create simple scenery using cloth, paper, tables, found objects.

• The puppeteers in performance do not need to be hidden.

A variety of materials can be used employing a variety of techniquesfrom scrap, scrunchy paper, photo montage or found objects.

Play time:
Learn basic puppet performance techniques and perform short scenes devised by the group.


Booking Details

Ages Suitable for 6 - 16 years
Running time half day to full day session
Suitable venues Schools, youth groups and arts centres
Availability All year round
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