2017/18 Puppetry Courses for Adults – booking now with Early Bird DISCOUNTS!

WELCOME to our 2017/18 programme of brilliant puppetry training for adults.  We are really pleased to announce that bookings are now live!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to put together an excellent programme for this year that builds on our most popular courses, offers some new adventures and experiments with different formats for sessions to fit around your existing life / work commitments.

New courses include the thrilling Calling all Witches exploring puppetry shamanism and [re]-animation with our very own sorceress, Is Smith; Kickstart Your Puppetry  – a one day crash course guaranteed to get you devising fab new puppetry work; and some themed Making courses – creating Puppet People and Puppet Creatures –  which will bring you a variety of making techniques, materials and styles that will bring your puppetry ideas to 3-dimensional life.

Elsewhere, you get a second chance to investigate Puppetry and Storytelling and Puppetry and Therapy, both sell out new courses last year and 17/18 also returns to some of our most popular and acclaimed courses, including essential core skills session Puppetry Fundamentals; the rich artistic playground of Shadow Worlds and our two unique long-term creating courses – Develop a Short Puppetry Show and Writing with Puppets.

Excited?  We are! And, best of all, there a 10% discount for all courses booked before September 1st.  We look forward to welcoming you to a brilliant BPS puppetry course soon.

PS if you’d like to meet us and chat about any of your plans for next year, don’t forget it our end-of-term show next Thursday July 20th at the Spire and we’d love to see you there!
You can book your tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-brighton-mermaid-tickets-36104596821

Longer courses this term

We know that you love to take part in our intensive weekend courses stuffed with new skills and experiences but have you considered one of our longer term courses as a different way to build your puppetry skills? Series courses which run over 6, 7 or 8 weeks are a chance to spend longer digging into your ideas, consolidating puppetry skills as they grow, and being guided more deeply in your own practice. They also offer more space for you to bring in your own work and ideas.

This term we’re running three course series each tailored to a different needs and areas of interest.

Create a Puppet Show: our much-loved devising course which will work with you to develop, make, rehearse and perform a puppet show of your own design. 8 X Tuesday evenings, from Jan 31st.

Writing for Puppetry: Want to create puppetry stories but not sure where to start?  Spend 6 X Sunday afternoons (from Feb 22nd) exploring the wild potential for creating character, situation, surprises and plot that puppetry offers. Perfect for budding writers, storytellers or all those curious about puppetry.

Develop Your Creative Practice: a brand new creative adventure that jumps off from puppetry into much wider world of artistic exploration. A practical mentoring course concerned with discovering and developing your unique practice and exploring and expressing your visual language. 7 X Thursday evenings from Feb 23rd.

If one (or more!) of these appeals, we hope to see you there!

Feedback? Questions?  Just drop us a line.

A very merry puppety season

Wishing you a festive season filled with light and art! We kicked off our celebrations with a weekend of Elf and Angel making, followed by a Pub(pet) Quiz and mulled wine gathering at the lovely Copperdollar Studios in Kemptown. But if you missed it, don’t worry, there’s still loads of time to make your season puppet-y! We’ll be a running a 12 Days of Puppet-mas series on Facebook with some of our favourite puppet characters and teasers for workshops next term. And remember, a BPS workshop is the perfect gift for the creative in your life. If you’d like know more about our gift vouchers, just drop us an email!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…!

The Indian summer sun is setting, the kids are back at school and it’s time to let yourself out of that box, indulge your creativity and build your skills with some of our fab new courses for Autumn 2016.

This harvest-time brings a wonderful crop of courses  – here’s a little reminder of what’s on offer over the next few weeks…

Puppetry Workout:  a course for everyone who wants to take some dedicated time to improving puppetry skills, working with different puppetry forms or getting to grips with a figure you have waiting at home.  Flex those puppetry muscles, build skills and performing confidence in this welcoming evening course.   Starts Tuesday 4 Oct

Puppets for the Small Stage: what better way to spend your evenings as the nights draw in than in creating your very own unique table-top character, sculpting, sticking and carving your figure into being?  Starts Wednesday September 15th

Writing for Children’s Theatre:  release your inner creator to investigate the how’s and what’s of writing brilliant new work for children from tiny to teen.  Puppetry and much more in this 6-week course starting Sunday 2 October 2nd

Puppetry for Artists: a magical journey into the ways puppetry skills can inform, inspire and energise your artistic practice. For visual creators of every kind, shy puppeteers and the creatively curious October 8 & 9.

Producing Small Scale Theatre:  Get to grips with the mechanics of moving your work from idea all the way to (amazed) audience!   A 1-day crash course in everything you need to know about producing brilliant puppet (and other) theatre. October 1

Puppetry Fundmentals: Our original and best introduction to core puppetry performance skills.   Enough said!  September 24th & 25th

We hope there’s something tasty here to sink your teeth into!

See you very soon.

SPOTLIGHT ON… PUPPETRY FOR ARTISTS

The new term is fast approaching and so the last of our summer spotlight sessions is here to shine a light on the very popular and unique course – Puppetry for Artists.
Puppetry is a unique and powerful art form that brings together several different disciplines including craft working, artistic visioning, story, focus and animation.
This is not a puppet making course, but rather a course where you will use use puppetry to make artistic discovery. Using the techniques of puppetry such as discovering story, playing with scale, and finding the life hidden in the unique qualities of different materials, you will be guided to create mini worlds, material stories or to conjure a visual feast,  adventuring into the artistic world of puppetry and playing with processes that interest you creatively.
Makers, reluctant performers, shy creatives and non-puppet people are warmly welcome, as well as those who define themselves, in whatever way, as artists.
This very special weekend is an original course created by artist Isobel Smith and offers new insight and inspiration through the art of puppetry.

Spotlight on… Business

So who’s up for learning about some of the business end of the, er, business, to kickstart the new term?

This week’s spotlight is on our Producing Small Scale Theatre course on October 1st. This one-day intensive will be a fun and packed day guaranteed to leave you confident in your understanding of core theatre business: selling your work, the practicalities of getting new shows to the stage, money, touring, and masses more.

As freelancers, we all need to be business people, and this session is designed to share  those essential skills for bringing your work to quality reality on stage.  All of the money, people and marketing matters that make your work practically possible, professional and visible to the public.

We’ll explore some of the specific issues around producing new puppetry as well as the universal skills and knowledge needed to make new theatre happen successfully.

You’ll leave inspired and with the savvy to get your work in front of packed audiences.

See you there!

Beccy, Is & Darren

NEW COURSES: WRITING FOR CHILDREN’S THEATRE

In our continuing series delving deeper into the 2016/17 programme, this week we’re focusing on the term’s first all-round creating course, which is Writing for Children’s Theatre (6 x Sunday afternoons, October 2nd – November 13th).

Are you interested in creating brilliant new work for children but wondering where to start?  This welcoming Sunday afternoon programme will support you to explore the exciting art of crafting beautiful and engaging children’s theatre.

Discover the ways you can imagine, shape and develop stories that will entrance and inspire children with performance and storytelling.  Bring a show you’ve been working on / dreaming about, or start something brand new.

The classes will incorporate sharing inspiring shows on page and film alongside investigating core principles of writing for children’s theatre, exploring practical exercises to unlock creativity and sharing and discussing our own work.

The group is carefully facilitated by experienced dramaturg and writer Beccy Smith.  Plays she has created for children have toured England and Ireland, opened a number of children’s theatre festivals including Barboro and Belfast, and delighted thousands of young audiences around the UK.

This course will explore puppetry and so much more… and is part of our commitment to explore the ways puppetry works within wider artistic landscapes.