Create a Puppetry Show

15 Oct – 10 Dec 2019 / 8 x Tuesday Evenings (no class 29 Oct) / £195 / CREATING

‘I FEEL THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER, AND I’M HEADING FOR MY DREAM FUTURE OF BEING ARTIST AND PUPPETEER!’

‘THE COURSE WAS A COMPLETE SUCCESS – RIGHT NOW, PUPPETRY FEELS LIKE A PLATFORM FOR ME TO EXPLORE PERFORMANCE, MAKING, WRITING, DIRECTING, AND COMMUNITY WORK.’

This course will give you a supportive laboratory and workshop to put together a short (up to 10 minute) puppetry performance of your own. This can be a solo piece, and it can be a stand-alone short performance or a section of a longer show. It can include puppetry in any form.

You will be guided through a devising and rehearsal process, using a rich variety of performance skills and techniques to put together a successful short puppetry performance piece, and explore technical theatre options to support your performance. You will be invited to share the performance at the end of the course, in an appropriate theatre space, and this will also be an opportunity to get photographs and video of your piece.

The course will demand a certain amount of practice and preparation outside of the class times. Major puppet making is not a focus of this class, and it will probably be necessary for you to come with puppets / figures / objects you want to use, and some initial ideas about the work you want to make. It may be possible to borrow puppets to work with for this course, please contact us well in advance if you’re interested in this option.

In previous outings, this course has produced a range of exciting and acclaimed new short pieces in a variety of forms (tabletop, shadow work, songs and storytelling, intimate one-to-one performance, children’s work). Some of these have gone on to be short touring shows, and others have become the start of successful longer shows! Alongside making your own short show, you will finish the course with developed devising, rehearsal and puppetry performance skills.

The course will be led by award winning puppetry director and performer Darren East.

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