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: Puppets for the Small Stage

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: PUPPETS FOR THE SMALL STAGE (8 x Thursday Evenings 15 Sept – 3 Nov)

The perfect making course to kick start your puppetry ambitions, explore making for a show you have have in mind or just learn new skills.
Over eight evenings you learn how to make a performance-ready mid-sized puppet to your own design.

Lead by Isobel Smith you will carve a head from foam and cover it with extra strong paper mache. Using styrofoam, wood, cardboard, leather, glue and paint you will draw, sculpt, saw, stick and stitch your puppet into being.

You will leave the course with puppet making techniques, contacts and inspiration to transfer to your future puppet projects. Looking forward to working with you.

*see also Multi-Operator Puppetry

Enquiries and Bookings

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: https://brightonpuppetryschool.com/courses-2/diary/

See you in school!
xx

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

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!

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:

BOOK NOW! Creating a Short Puppetry Show

8 x Tuesday Evenings 19 April – 7 June 2016 / £175 / PERFORMING / CREATING

There are some spaces still up for grabs on this supportive laboratory and workshop to put together a short (up to ten minute) puppetry performance of your own.

We were blown away by the work previous students made on this course – photos attached – and Darren is looking forward to encouraging more puppetry awe and wonder this time.

More info about Create a Short Puppetry Show HERE

Enquiries and Bookings

Back to COURSES DIARY

 

 

This course works well in combo with Brighton Puppetry School’s:

WRITING FOR PUPPETRYCREATING
17 April – 22 May / 6 x Sunday afternoons / £160
MAKING TABLE-TOP PUPPETS / MAKING
21 April – 16 June 2016 / 8 x Thursday Evenings / £175

(ALL Brighton Puppetry School courses are designed to stand alone and/or work well with other courses to create a comprehensive foundation in puppetry skills)

Looking forward to working with you x

… 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
Click HERE for BOOKINGS