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Professional Creative Development

Training in puppetry and visual theatre styles to teachers, artists and students -
Read an article from the 2006 National Student Drama Festival magazine

DNA specialist training sessions have taken place at The V & A museum, Puppet Centre and BAC, London, Homerton College, Cambridge, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Rossendale amongst many others. Often in demand, DNA also offer specialist training within their Imaginary Leaps program for early years.

Traditional Techniques into Contemporary Practice

A workshop that shows contemporary performer a world of performing objects and figures.

''an inspirational and talented course leader''

  • Introducing puppetry styles, use and history - gloves, rod, marionettes and shadow puppets.
  • An exploration of materials, object and shadow play.
  • Manipulation exercises in focus , movement and voice/sound.
  • Use of found objects and materials for set and props, design and dramaturgy.
  • Devising original material, improvisation and storyboarding

The Animated Other

The role of the performer/puppeteer and their character in theatre practice

''an extremely good facilitator and workshop leader...sharing experiences
and works with us to all our individual levels''

  • From the beginning, we are all born with the ability to play and to create the everyday into the extraordinary.
  • Working on many levels, being directors, makers, designers, as well as puppeteers, participants experience a multi skilled approach to create a vocabulary of contemporary techniques.

The Animated Space

Everyday objects and materials can create extraordinary worlds, puppets and props for performance

"Brilliant! Warm, inspiring work was well pitched for the participants.
Good balance of introductory skills, sharing, creative stimulus,
play and focussed work leading to presentation."

  • Starting with devising ideas from traditional folktales
  • Creating original work using shadow projection and performance techniques, participants make and play.


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