Get Handy in 2020!

Join us as 2020 kicks off for two fun and skill-filled weekends of puppet making:

Jan 25 & 26th Vintage Glove Puppets
Make a fantastic glove puppet using your scraps of vintage fabric to create a fully functioning glove puppet / keep-sake. This step-by-step course leads you through the process of making head and hands, clothing and a brief session on puppet hairdressing to give your puppet it’s own cheeky and beguiling charm.

PLUS New for 2020***
March 28 & 29thSew a Fabulous Rag Puppet
This soft sewn approach to puppet making allows for flexible, easily manipulated puppets capable of expessive movement. Versatile and achievable making suitable for all levels and easy to do at home once you have mastered the basics. A sewing maching will be available along with hand stitching gear!

Both weekends led by artist puppeteer Isobel Smith

Last Orders for discounted courses

ROLL UP dear puppet peeps – this is your last call for Early Bird Discounts for our fabulous and varied 2017/2018 Workshops and Courses.


Peruse your options and hit the PAYPAL button to secure your place.
The puppets are calling …

Check out our courses here on on DIARY PAGE
Book your place before midnight to qualify for our Early Bird Discount HERE

We’re looking forward to working with you soon.
(here are some pictures from our 2017 Summer School in the meantime:)

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:

Here come our 2016/17 Courses!

We are delighted to invite you to flex your puppetry muscles and re-ignite your creativity with Brighton Puppetry School.

Our brilliant programme of puppetry workshops for adults is now LIVE and BOOKING!

Create your own puppets, make a show, write a story, hone your puppetry skills and explore the myriad ways puppetry can inspire and excite YOU.

Explore our new programme for the whole of 2016/17 here:

See you in school!

(Images from our Summer School Intensive. June 2016. Visit our website for more)

Making Shadow Worlds


Weekend 30 April & 1 May 2016 / £95 / CREATING
Shake up your practice, improve your skills and explore the possibilities of using shadow in performance and creative practice on this creative treat of a weekend!

Students will make installations from objects and materials provided and explore the effects of animating them with light upon a screen. You will experiment with the effects of moving objects and moving light sources.

The course will provide a safe environment to try new ideas, take creative risks and open up the possibilities of working with light and shadows under the encouraging watchful eye of course leader Isobel Smith.

Led by Isobel Smith.

More info about SHADOW WORLDS

Enquiries and Bookings

Here are some photos from last time:

… and then Making Table-Top Puppets

21 April – 16 June 2016 / 8 x Thursday Evenings / £175

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

Puppetry Fundamentals is now FULLY BOOKED!

We are delighted that our Puppetry Fundamentals course is now fully booked, if you have missed the boat with this course please register your interest via our contact form and we’ll place you on the reserve list, we’ll also know if we need to schedule it again soon.

All the courses are filling well, you can see what else is coming up here:

26 & 27 Sep 2015 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95
3 & 4 Oct 2015 / Weekend / £95 / FULLY BOOKED
6th Oct 2015 / Evening Class 8 x Tues  / TIE-IN / £160
7 & 8 Nov 2015 / Weekend / £95
5 & 6 Dec 2015 / Weekend / TIE-IN tbc / £95
18 Oct 2015 / Drop-In Puppet Surgery / Donations

12 Dec 2015 / One-day workshop / £45


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 3 – 4.30
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/expert 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  

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.


Spotlight on Solo Puppetry

Thinking about joining us for some of our first term?  We wanted to tell you a little bit more about our thinking.


The centrepiece courses of our first term focus on making puppets and puppetry for the solo performer. Why start here? Well, solo puppetry is a main-stay for artists making new work: it’s portable and economical to tour and a great way to showcase your individual vision. As such, it’s a brilliant way to begin your journey into puppetry as well as being really useful for established artists looking to develop their own work.

But it’s not only for work in the theatre: making puppets that can be easily animated by you on your own is great for work in the classroom and therapeutic contexts as well as in storytelling and children’s workshops.

We think solo puppetry is a fantastic way in to discovering the creative potential and many uses of puppetry, so why not join us on September 26th / 27th to explore ways to make puppets that you can bring to life on your own, or on Tuesday evenings from October 6th for an 8 week course discovering ways to bring your solo creations to life. There’s even a 10% discount if you book both courses together!

And don’t forget our launch part’s on September 13th – please RSVP if you’d like to join us for cakes, makes, a toast and a song (this is just so we can make sure we have enough materials, cake and, of course, champagne!).  It’s also a chance to ask us any questions you may have about this or any other of our courses for this term and next year.
Very best wishes,
Darren, Beccy  & Is x