10 September (intro session); 24 September – 19 November (no class 29 October), 9 x Thursday Evenings on Zoom / £250 / 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.’
Following the model of our successful Short Puppetry Show making courses – but now online. This course will give you a supportive laboratory and workshop to put together a short puppetry performance of your own, filmed to share on any online platform. 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 creating, rehearsal and recording and editing process, all of which can be done at home, using a phone camera and domestic lighting. You will need access to a computer for editing and uploading.
The course will demand a certain amount of practice and preparation outside of the class times. It will be necessary for you to have a clear idea of the kind of piece you want to make, and to have already or be ready to make quickly the puppets you want to use. In our first introductory session we will cover the key choices, but do feel free to get in touch in advance if you have questions.
Unusually, your tutor Darren East will be making his own short video piece alongside the course and will share his process as well as supporting yours.
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! We’re excited to see what students come up with this time, in this new form.
The course will be led by award winning puppetry director and performer Darren East.