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

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New courses: Puppetry Workout

Each week over the summer, we’re going to throw a spotlight on one of the brilliant puppetry courses we have coming up this autumn.

Today:  Puppetry Workout (Tuesday evenings Oct 4th  – Nov 29th)

Why not spend your autumn enjoying regular evening sessions carefully designed to strengthen your puppetry performance skills?  This course responds to a number of requests we had last year to offer training for people who want to take a more sustained focus on training with their own puppets or try out their performance skills with new figures.

Each week we will warm up and explore a range of puppetry exercises that work on body and mind to increase your puppetry fitness and gradually build up strong and confident manipulation skills.

These will be sessions packed with fun, new ideas and approaches you can takeaway to immediately improve your puppetry skills.  Whether you are new to puppetry or want to refresh your existing skills, you’ll leave with loads of new tools and the confidence to work with your own and any other puppets you might want to play with.

A gym session for your puppetry!

Contact and bookings: https://brightonpuppetryschool.com/contact-us/

Fighting Giants at BPS Summer School

The giants are abroad!

At our Puppetry Intensive Summer School this June we’ll be digging into the chalk of a very Sussex story. Giants will be striding once more across the Downs while the village folk cower beneath their steeples. It is a world where the hare and the roe deer run free and the chalk speaks; a world of campfire tales, ancient rivalries, life and death struggles, and where the natural world is a playground for the magical.

Taking as its inspiration the story of the Long Man of Wilmington and his competition with the giant of Firle Beacon, the six-day school will investigate the ways puppetry can bring fable and landscape to life through brilliant performance, highly crafted making and unparalleled storytelling possibilities. Students will explore group and solo performance in different types of puppetry, design and devising alongside puppet and set making to gain a uniquely rounded understanding of the art and potential of contemporary puppet theatre.

The Summer School runs June 25th – June 30th, culminating in a performance on the evening of Thursday June 30th at the Spire in East Brighton. For further info or tickets please drop us an email.

We can’t wait to get started!

Puppets at Brighton festival

There are a handful of brilliant and inspiring puppetry shows visiting Brighton this month and we at BPS wanted to pass on a few sure-fire recommendations from artists whose work we think you’ll love.

Fresh from a successful run in Iceland, Old Saw bring their lyrical The Meadow, which features simply beautiful puppetry and music on an elegaic theme, to the Warren 20th-22nd May and 30 May-1 June.  Though it says ‘for children’, this one will appeal to all.
On 23rd, 25th, 27th May, lovely lo-fi performance art piece, Buttons tells a personal travelogue with charming and inventive use of an OHP.

Though we haven’t seen Hysterical , this combination of new writing, performance poetry, clown and puppetry looks intriguing if you’re into new theatre.

Bears get a good outing in Brighton’s puppetry scene this month.  For kids, BPS alumni Go Kid Music bring their new musical Just Right to The Old Market. Their Three Little Pigs last year was loads of fun with characterful puppets doing fabulous songs.

And at the Marlborough, our old Punched muckers Foulplay Productions bring the full version of a show they first premiered with us in October 2014 – The Bear Space. Expect a heady script,  fantastically crafted puppets, and lots of fun and games (this one will sell out we’re sure).
 Throughout the month, Bom-banimals combines puppetry and songwriting with promenade and dinner in the inimitable Bom-banes cafe.
Brighton Festival are also bringing some puppetry to the city this month, in the form of Chilean company White Silence’s powerful The Silence of the Coal.  There are still tickets left for what looks like it’ll be an affecting and top quality visual performance.
This is the time of year when we feel most lucky to be in the heart of Brighton and these are just the shows that we know will be good – let us know if you think we’ve missed any puppetry treats!

… and then Making Table-Top Puppets

MAKING TABLE-TOP PUPPETS / MAKING
21 April – 16 June 2016 / 8 x Thursday Evenings / £175

THERE ARE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!!
Imagine 8 glorious evenings of PUPPET MAKING, as the evenings get longer and lighter and warmer your Table-Top Puppet will come into being …

These fantastically expressive rod puppets are a little bit smaller than our ‘Puppets for the Small Stage’ creations (pictured), this makes them more manageable in one pair of hands, they extend to their full potential in the hands of two or even three puppeteers…

The course will be broken down into easily achievable segments taking you through process of ideas all the way to completion of your fully functional puppets. (some puppets may need clothing/finishing at home – full instruction will be given).

Lead by Isobel Smith, who will do her best to infect you with the puppetry bug – if you haven’t already fallen – and those who want to carry on can join TABLE-TOP PUPPETRY / PERFORMING 19 June 2016 / 1 LONG Day / £65 – to get their creations moving.

Looking forward to working with you.

More information HERE
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TA-DAA! Our Spring Term Courses:

We are delighted to announce our new programme of courses for Spring 2016.
Taking part in any Brighton Puppetry School course will offer new skills, methods and perspective on this diverse and fascinating art form.
Whether you select a course or two to top-up your existing skills and knowledge or prefer to combine several for a solid foundation training in puppetry, we are on hand to advise the most suitable course or set of courses to suit your requirements.

PRODUCING SMALL SCALE THEATRE / CREATING
16 Jan 2016 / 1 Day / £55 

PUPPETRY FUNDAMENTALS / PERFORMING
23 & 24  Jan 2016 / Weekend / £95

PUPPET MAKING FOR TEACHERS / MAKING
30 & 31 Jan 2016 / Weekend / £95

CREATING A SHORT PUPPETRY SHOW / PERFORMING / CREATING
Jan 26 – March 22 2016 / Evening Class x 8  / £160

MAKING GLOVE PUPPETS / MAKING
6 & 7 Feb 2016 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95

PUPPETRY FOR ARTISTS / CREATING
27 & 28 Feb 2016 / Weekend / £95

VOICING PUPPETS / PERFORMING
5 & 6 March 2016 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95

GLOVE PUPPETRY / PERFORMING
12 & 13 March 2016 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95

WRITING FOR VISUAL THEATRE /  CREATING
13 March – 1 May 2016 / Sunday School x 6 / £125

AND:
FLOWER FAIRY PUPPET MAKING – BITE-SIZED
19 March 2016 / One-day workshop / £55

MAKE TOGETHER CHILDREN’S PUPPET MAKING – BITE-SIZED
26 March 2016 / One-day workshop / £55

Booking for the Spring Programme is now open!