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PUPPETS & PLACES

10 & 11 March 2018 / Weekend / £105 / MAKING ’IT HAS BEEN GREAT TO LEARN AN EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE THAT DOESN’T NEED SPECIALIST MATERIALS.’ ‘THE TUITION HAS BEEN REALLY SUPPORTIVE, ENCOURAGING AND ENTHUSIASTIC. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.’ Bring an object with you, a teapot, little suitcase, tin or box and make a small exquisite … Continue reading PUPPETS & PLACES

Teatro Lambe Lambe

Lambe Lambe Weekend

23 & 24 June 2018 / Weekend / £115 / CREATING Join award-winning Brazilian puppeteer and maker, Fagner Gastaldon, to create your very own Lambe Lambe world and performance in one inspiring weekend. Described by artist Álvaro Apocalypse as “A última grande invenção do teatro de animação no mundo,” or “The last great invention of … Continue reading Lambe Lambe Weekend

Writing for Children’s Theatre

6 x Sunday afternoons  2 October – 13 November 2016 / £160 / CREATING ‘Its combination of practical work, feedback and discussion makes it unique and valuable’  Discover the ways you can imagine, shape and develop stories that will entrance and inspire children at the theatre.  Bring a show you’ve been working on, or start something brand … Continue reading Writing for Children’s Theatre

Puppetry Fundamentals

Weekend 25 & 25 Sept 2016 / £95 / PERFORMING  ‘A really good course, with complex ideas clearly and interestingly communicated – it was fun and enjoyable, I loved it.’ ‘This has definitely given me the confidence to take on puppetry work and study further’ One of our most popular courses: a weekend introducing the core skills … Continue reading Puppetry Fundamentals

Puppets for the Small Stage

8 x Thursday Evenings 15 Sept – 3 Nov 2016 / £195 / MAKING Puppets for the Small Stage: a course over eight evenings to make a performance-ready mid-sized puppet to your own design. From design and character to structure and joints, this course will guide you through the processes and techniques necessary to make a … Continue reading Puppets for the Small Stage

Develop Your Creative Practice

5 Oct – 23 Nov 2017 / 8 x Thursday Evenings / £199 (£179 conc) / CREATING  This course is mostly concerned with discovering and developing your unique practice and exploring and expressing your visual language. Traditional puppetry skills won’t be taught on this course where rule-breaking, genre challenging creative freedom will be encouraged. Puppetry may … Continue reading Develop Your Creative Practice

PUPPETS IN A SUITCASE*

1 Feb – 22 March 2018 / 8 x Thursday Evenings / £199 / MAKING ’IT HAS BEEN GREAT TO LEARN AN EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE THAT DOESN’T NEED SPECIALIST MATERIALS.’ ‘THE TUITION HAS BEEN REALLY SUPPORTIVE, ENCOURAGING AND ENTHUSIASTIC. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.’ A course over eight evenings to make a cast of mini rod puppets … Continue reading PUPPETS IN A SUITCASE*

PRODUCING SMALL SCALE THEATRE

27 Jan 2018 / Saturday / £60 / BUSINESS ‘EXTREMELY THOROUGH AND GAVE ME CONFIDENCE IN THE PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH’ ‘A BRILLIANT DAY – I LEARNT A HUGE AMOUNT’.  Everything you need to know about getting your work out on to professional stages is packed into this one-day intensive.  This fun, busy day covers … Continue reading PRODUCING SMALL SCALE THEATRE

Shadow Worlds

28 & 29 Oct 2017 / Weekend / £105 (£94.50 conc) / CREATING ‘WHAT AN AMAZING WEEKEND! WONDERFUL DIRECTION, EXAMPLE, SENSITIVITY, CREATIVITY. THANKS A MILLION’ ‘IT WAS A SPLENDID WEEKEND. THANKS VERY MUCH’ Treat yourself to a weekend of creative shadow play. This course will provide a safe environment to try new ideas, take creative … Continue reading Shadow Worlds

Puppetry for Artists

Weekend 8 & 9 October 2016 / £95 / CREATING  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 … Continue reading Puppetry for Artists

Festive Gathering

4 December 2016   Celebrate and have some festive cheer with BPS and the Brighton puppetry community! Drop in from 6.30-8.30pm to Coppardollar Studios where we will mull some wine, you can participate in some puppety xmas crafts, or just have a chinwag with other puppetry-interested artists from across our community. Friends old and new all welcome to raise a … Continue reading Festive Gathering

Puppet Trigger Mechanism

1 Day 27 November 2017 / £65 / CREATING ‘It was brill – tailored, personal and suited to each individual’ ‘I really enjoyed myself and learned a lot’ On this one-day course you will build a nifty but not over-complicated puppet control mechanism that lets you hold the figure’s body and control the head finely with one … Continue reading Puppet Trigger Mechanism

Puppetry Workout

8 x Tuesday Evenings 4 October – 29 November 2016 / £175 / PERFORMING  ‘Really useful to have a good varied mixture of support for my own work, and exercises to help free up creativity’   Why not spend your autumn enjoying regular evening sessions carefully designed to strengthen your puppetry performance skills? This course responds to a … Continue reading Puppetry Workout

Mentoring Event

Saturday 10 June 2017 1:1 sessions 45mins / £25 / MENTORING  Book a 1:1 mentoring session with one of Brighton Puppetry School’s co-founders to support your ongoing puppetry practice. We can help you with creative direction and strategies, practical business advice, approaches to funding ….   Choose a session with one (or more):   Darren East … Continue reading Mentoring Event

Elf and Angel Making

1 Day 4 December 2016 / £65 Make an exquisite festive puppet to adorn your Christmas Tree while learning some basic puppet making techniques on this fun one day workshop. This workshop will guide you through the processes and techniques necessary to make a beautiful little puppet, a family heirloom to enjoy for years to come. … Continue reading Elf and Angel Making

Start a Puppet Company

1 Sunday 15 April 2018 / £60 / BUSINESS ‘‘A REALLY INFORMATIVE COURSE AND WELL-STRUCTURED, I FEEL I HAVE THE BEGINNINGS OF AN ACTION PLAN.’ ‘INSPIRING, ENTHUSING AND USEFUL.’ Are you interested in setting up shop independently as an artist, educator, trainer or using puppetry some other way, but wondering where to start?  Join us for … Continue reading Start a Puppet Company

Multi-Operator Puppetry

1 Day 13 November 2016 / £55 / PERFORMING  It’s one of the most exciting and mysterious aspects of the puppetry art: a group of puppeteers working together to give total life to one fully articulated figure. Drawing primarily on the classic bunraku-inspired three-person form that is most popular today, we will cover the key skills and … Continue reading Multi-Operator Puppetry

Kickstart Your Puppetry

5 Nov 2017 / Sunday / £60 / CREATING / PERFORMING *FLASH FIRE SALE: CLICK HERE TO BOOK FOR £54 (10% discount)* ‘LOVELY TO FOCUS ON DISCOVERY AND PLAY ALONGSIDE CLEAR INSTRUCTION AND AIM’   ‘A GOOD VARIED MIXTURE OF MY OWN WORK WITH DIFFERENT EXCERCISES TO HELP FREE UP CREATIVITY.’ Got an idea for a … Continue reading Kickstart Your Puppetry

Story Telling and Puppetry

18 & 19 Nov 2017 / Weekend / £105 (£94.50 conc) / PERFORMING /  CREATING ‘THE WEEKEND TAUGHT ME HOW TO TEASE APART NARRATIVE ACTION, SHOW AND TELL’ ‘THE COURSE GAVE BOTH PUPPETRY AND STORYTELLING WITH TEXT AND IMAGES CAREFUL ATTENTION BEFORE BRINGING THEM TOGETHER,  THANK YOU SO MUCH – I REALLY ENJOYED MYSELF AND FEEL I’VE LEARNT … Continue reading Story Telling and Puppetry

Joints

1 Day 29 January 2017 / £65 / MAKING  A day exploring how to make some of the key moving parts of your puppets. How do you decide what kind of joints to use to get the movement you want from your puppets? What are some of the options for materials to make them? We will make … Continue reading Joints

DEVELOP A PUPPETRY SHOW

21 Nov – 12 Dec 2017 / 4 x Tuesday Evenings / £105 (£94.50 conc) / CREATING / PERFORMING ‘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 … Continue reading DEVELOP A PUPPETRY SHOW

Making Glove Puppets

Weekend 3 & 4 Feb * TBC 2017 / £95 / MAKING  Mention ‘puppet’ and to many this means Punch and Judy – perhaps the most infamous of glove puppets!On this super-creative weekend course you will make your own iconic glove puppet character. Using modelling, fast paper-mache, sewing, painting and gluing techniques you will make a glove … Continue reading Making Glove Puppets

Write Your Story!

17 February 2018 / Saturday / £60 / CREATING ‘DOING THIS COURSE HAS HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON EVERY ASPECT OF MY THEATRE MAKING’ ‘THE CONTENT WAS SO WELL PLANNED AND DELIVERED AND THE EXERCISES INTERESTING AND RELEVANT. I REALLY FELT I DEVELOPED OVER THE DURATION’ Excited about puppetry but not sure where to start … Continue reading Write Your Story!

Develop a Short Puppet Show

21 Nov – 2 Feb 2018 / 7 x Tuesday Evenings & final performance Fri 2 Feb / £199 (£179 conc) / CREATING / PERFORMING ‘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 … Continue reading Develop a Short Puppet Show

Writing with Puppetry

26 Nov 2017 – 28 Jan 2018 / 8 x Sundays / £199 (£179 conc) / CREATING ‘DOING THIS COURSE HAS HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON EVERY ASPECT OF MHEATRE MAKING‘ ‘THE CONTENT WAS SO WELL PLANNED AND DELIVERED AND THE EXERCISES INTERESTING AND RELEVANT. I REALLY FELT I DEVELOPED OVER THE DURATION’   ‘I SO LOOKED … Continue reading Writing with Puppetry

Solo Puppet Making

Weekend 25 & 26 Feb 2017 / £95 / MAKING  Complete this weekend course to make a puppet especially suitable for the joys and challenges of performing solo. With one hand committed to the puppet’s head the other hand will provide the rest of the puppet’s movement. We will discuss the particular challenges that this throws up and … Continue reading Solo Puppet Making

PUPPETRY TECHNICS

9 Dec 2017 / Saturday / £60 (£54 conc) / MAKING ‘DELIVERED JUST WHAT I NEEDED TO REALISE MY IDEAS.’ ‘EVERYTHING’S BEEN USEFUL AND ADAPTS TO A PERSONAL PROJECT I HAVE.’ ‘TAILORED, PERSONAL AND SUITED FOR EACH DIFFERENT INDIVIDUAL.’ On this one-day course you will build a nifty but not over-complicated puppet control mechanism that … Continue reading PUPPETRY TECHNICS

Talking Heads

Weekend 27 & 28 May / £95 / MAKING Talking Heads (Moving Mouth Puppets): a weekend course to make a moving mouth puppet. With one hand operating the puppet’s head and the second as the puppet’s hand this type of puppet is perfect for delivering speech and gesture most effectively and you will leave with a … Continue reading Talking Heads

Tabletop Puppetry

1 Day 4 March 2017 / £55 / PERFORMING Rather than the multi-puppeteer technique that is often referred to as tabletop puppetry (for an introduction to those skills, see our Multi-operator Puppetry course) this course will look at the tools and opportunities of setting your puppetry work on its own playing space – a table, but … Continue reading Tabletop Puppetry

Glove Puppetry

1 Day 11 February 2017 / £55 / PERFORMING  ‘The best kind of fun.’ A short introduction to one of the most iconic puppetry forms. The course will include core skills related to working with glove and hand puppets, staging options (from traditional booths to more contemporary settings), working with two (or more!) puppets, working with your … Continue reading Glove Puppetry

Calling all Witches

3 & 4 Feb / Weekend / £105 / CREATING ’AN INCREDIBLE, CREATIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE WEEKEND! ISOBEL CREATED A REALLY SAFE SPACE TO REALISE THE PICTURES IN OUR HEADS. I WISH I WAS COMING BACK AGAIN TOMORROW’ An invitation to experience puppetry from the inside out. Using familiar materials in unfamiliar ways this weekend workshop offers … Continue reading Calling all Witches

PUPPETRY FORWARDS

11 Feb – 25 Feb 2018 / 3 x Sundays / £165 / CREATING / PERFORMING ‘DARREN’S WONDERFUL ENTHUSIASM, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND SUPPORT MAKES FOR A GREAT COURSE. THANK YOU.’ ‘A WEALTH OF PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WAS ON OFFER.’ This course is open to anyone who has completed a previous course with BPS. Designed to … Continue reading PUPPETRY FORWARDS

Talking with Puppets

2 Sundays 18 March & 25 March 2018 / £105 / PERFORMING  ’SURPRISINGLY INSPIRING + HUGELY PLAYFUL – WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!’ Puppets love to speak – to show off their unique voices, to tell stories and make their opinions heard! This weekend course will explore techniques and processes for using text, and your voice, with … Continue reading Talking with Puppets

Strings and Things

Dates tbc / £55 / PERFORMING A playful and experimental introduction to marionette (string puppet) work. We’ll use objects, and simple puppets, to explore the principles of weight, balance, stillness and movement, and contact with the ground; and then discover the emotional and expressive potential of suspended movement by building short performance pieces. The course will be … Continue reading Strings and Things

Puppetry and Therapy

Weekend 3 & 4 March 2018 / £105 / CREATING ‘A REALLY VALUABLE COURSE WITH A GOOD BALANCE OGF THEORY AND PRACTICE. I LEAVE WITH A VARIED TOOLBOX OF IDEAS TO PUT INTO USE.’ ‘ALL OF IT WAS USEFUL!  IT WAS FAB.’ This course is an introduction to working with puppets in a therapeutic environment, with … Continue reading Puppetry and Therapy

BITE-SIZED

Our one-day courses are short and sweet, offering puppetry tasters, quick making projects and a variety of added extras to compliment our formal programming. Many are suitable for absolute beginners, all are designed to inspire and ignite your passion for puppetry.

puppet making for teachers

Weekend 30 & 31 Jan 2016 / £95 / MAKING Puppet Making for Teachers provides an excellent introduction to puppet making projects for teachers, parents, care-workers, therapists – anyone who’d like to re-ignite their creativity and open new possibilities with puppets. Come and explore puppet making ideas and techniques to apply in the classroom, home, or … Continue reading puppet making for teachers

Story Telling with Puppets

Weekend 18 & 19 November 2016 / £95 / PERFORMING What are the stories your puppets want to tell?  How can you work with puppetry to tell unique stories? This focused and intensive course will take participants through key methods for making quality performance material with puppets. We will explore starting points for generating performance material … Continue reading Story Telling with Puppets

PUPPETRY FUNDAMENTALS

Weekend 3 & 4 Oct 2015 / £95 / PERFORMING This course is FULLY BOOKED A weekend course introducing the core skills of puppetry. We will explore essentials like breath, impulse, focus, animation, and look at solo and multiple manipulation of puppets, to give you a solid foundation for your puppetry skills, with exercises that … Continue reading PUPPETRY FUNDAMENTALS

SHADOW WORLDS

Weekend 7 & 8 Nov 2015 / £95 / CREATING The emphasis of this course will be on objects and light in motion, and open-ended play and discovery rather than making a show. Students will make installations from objects and materials provided and explore the effects of animating them with light upon a screen. You will … Continue reading SHADOW WORLDS

PUPPETS FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE

Weekend 26 & 27 Sept 2015 / £95 / MAKING *TIE IN: Receive a 10% discount when you book this course together with Creating a Solo Puppetry Show / PERFORMANCE  Complete this weekend course to make a puppet especially suitable for the joys and challenges of performing solo. With one hand committed to the puppet’s head the other hand … Continue reading PUPPETS FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE

CREATING A SOLO PUPPETRY SHOW

Evening Classes / £160 / CREATING / PERFORMING 8 Tuesday Evenings from 6th Oct (no class 27th Oct) to 1st Dec *TIE IN: Receive a 10% discount when you book this course together with  Puppets for Solo Performance / MAKING This course will take you through the process of putting together a short solo performance with puppetry. … Continue reading CREATING A SOLO PUPPETRY SHOW

Puppetry for Artists

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 July 2015 / £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 … Continue reading Puppetry for Artists

Puppets for the Small Stage

Six Tuesday evenings 14th April – 19th May 2015 / £120  /  FULLY BOOKED (This has ended. Please check the website for upcoming courses.)   Puppets for the Small Stage: a course over six evenings to make a performance-ready mid-sized puppet to your own design. From design and character to structure and joints, this course will … Continue reading Puppets for the Small Stage

Meaningful Movement

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2015  /  £95  /  FULLY BOOKED (This course has ended. Please check the website for upcoming courses.) 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 … Continue reading Meaningful Movement