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:

High Five! Talking Puppets

5 & 6 Dec 2015 / £95
Join Brighton Puppetry School for a weekend of specialist puppet making.

These large-scale puppets have moving mouths making them perfect for delivering Christmas day speeches and for Festive Carol Singing! Of course a puppet is not just for Christmas and this style of puppet is great for exploring the use of text in puppetry all year round!
We’re even planning a weekend course: Voicing Puppets, in 2016 to help to bring your creation to life.

Who will you make? – whether muppetish or more life-like – the puppet’s character is up to you. You will discover how to make an effective moving mouth and will construct the puppet’s head and torso using soft modelling techniques, you will add one life-sized arm to the puppet and an empty sleeve – with one hand operating the puppet’s head and the other becoming the puppet’s second arm your Talking Puppet will be capable of very precise hand movements to accompany it’s speech. High Five!

You will leave the course with puppet making techniques to transfer to your future puppet projects.

Click here for more info, bookings and enquiries.

Hope to see you there.



Excitement is gathering here at Brighton Puppetry School, we hope you will join us to celebrate our official launch with a special party on Sunday 13th September at COPPERDOLLAR STUDIOS, 22 Montague St. Brighton BN2 1JX.
(Please let us know if you’re planning to come, we’d hate to run out of cake!)

Whether you are a puppeteer, maker, actor, teacher, or simply puppet-curious this will be a fun and inclusive afternoon with a chance to have all your questions about the school answered.

From 3pm there will be a drop-in MAKE & CAKE session: budding puppeteers are welcome to help us make a flotilla of Brighton Puppetry School boats.

Weather permitting we will parade down to the sea and properly launch our nautical creations (a poor weather alternative will be provided!)

Drop in any time after 3pm for cake, conversation and making, and join us for the procession launch finale!

This event may feature special puppet guests.
RSVP to brightonpuppetryschool@gmail.com  

Visit the Brighton Puppetry School website for new course details.

We are looking forward to working with you,
Isobel, Darren, Beccy and the BPS team.


Calling all ACTORS and ARTISTS who’d like to try their hand at PUPPETRY!

These two new courses from Brighton Puppetry School are designed with the specific and different needs of ACTORS and ARTISTS in mind.
Puppeteers come from all kinds of backgrounds and the teaching and techniques used in these courses will offer a sensitive and enthusiastic approach to puppetry designed specially for these two diverse groups.

PUPPETRY FOR ACTORS. Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June / £95
An intensive, practical and fun course for any actors who want to add puppetry to their skill set and for all those interested in creating high quality visual theatre.   Students will explore essential puppetry principles that will support you to build on existing performing skills to bring characters to life.

PUPPETRY FOR ARTISTS. Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July / £95
An excellent and unique way into puppetry for artists, makers, reluctant performers, shy creatives and non-puppet people. (Experienced performers, actors and theatre makers are also welcome to come and explore puppetry from an artist’s perspective).
This course will provide a safe environment to try new ideas, take creative risks and open up your creative practice.


Snap up your place on STORY MAKING WITH PUPPETS!

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May / £95

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to explore story telling using puppetry, develop your work to share stories more effectively and leave with your own original piece of puppetry.

Act now to secure one of the last remaining places on this focused and intensive course led by award winning puppeteer Darren East.

Here’s what our students had to say about Brighton Puppetry School’s recent ‘Meaningful Movement’ course:

“A wonderful experience! Thanks.” (R)

“Excellent. Great Enthusiasm. Real passion, knowledge and skill.” (L)
(There’s lots more on our Feedback Page)

You can find more about STORY MAKING WITH PUPPETS HERE.

Meaningful Movement – BOOKING NOW!

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Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2015  /  £95 
Meaningful Movement: a weekend course exploring the techniques to effectively articulate yourself through puppetry and developing original material to tell your own stories.
Lead by Darren East and Isobel Smith, this course will share a number of ways into making strong, emotionally truthful, visual material with puppets. From technical and analytic methods to exploratory, open-ended discovery, puppetry lends itself to drawing on a wide range of creative approaches. This short course will help you find the ones that work best for you, and give you confidence to use them effectively.
You will leave with a rich toolbox of ways to make powerful puppetry performance material, and developed puppetry skills for putting it into action. There will be some space to apply your new skills to a puppetry project you have in mind, and/or with your own puppets.
This course is most suited to people with some experience of puppetry, or with ideas of ways they would like to use puppets. Keen beginners are also welcome.
Please Contact Us for bookings and enquiries.