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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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!
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(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!

Puppets at Brighton festival

There are a handful of brilliant and inspiring puppetry shows visiting Brighton this month and we at BPS wanted to pass on a few sure-fire recommendations from artists whose work we think you’ll love.

Fresh from a successful run in Iceland, Old Saw bring their lyrical The Meadow, which features simply beautiful puppetry and music on an elegaic theme, to the Warren 20th-22nd May and 30 May-1 June.  Though it says ‘for children’, this one will appeal to all.
On 23rd, 25th, 27th May, lovely lo-fi performance art piece, Buttons tells a personal travelogue with charming and inventive use of an OHP.

Though we haven’t seen Hysterical , this combination of new writing, performance poetry, clown and puppetry looks intriguing if you’re into new theatre.

Bears get a good outing in Brighton’s puppetry scene this month.  For kids, BPS alumni Go Kid Music bring their new musical Just Right to The Old Market. Their Three Little Pigs last year was loads of fun with characterful puppets doing fabulous songs.

And at the Marlborough, our old Punched muckers Foulplay Productions bring the full version of a show they first premiered with us in October 2014 – The Bear Space. Expect a heady script,  fantastically crafted puppets, and lots of fun and games (this one will sell out we’re sure).
 Throughout the month, Bom-banimals combines puppetry and songwriting with promenade and dinner in the inimitable Bom-banes cafe.
Brighton Festival are also bringing some puppetry to the city this month, in the form of Chilean company White Silence’s powerful The Silence of the Coal.  There are still tickets left for what looks like it’ll be an affecting and top quality visual performance.
This is the time of year when we feel most lucky to be in the heart of Brighton and these are just the shows that we know will be good – let us know if you think we’ve missed any puppetry treats!

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

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

It’s Writing for Puppetry next!

If you’re into PUPPETS and like WRITING then here’s the course for you!

WRITING FOR PUPPETRY/ CREATING
17 April – 22 May / 6 x Sunday afternoons / £160

What better way to spend 6 Sunday afternoons than exploring ways of writing for puppetry?

In this supportive and inspiring course there will be opportunity to play with a variety of approaches to writing for puppetry – from examining existing texts to opening up your own techniques. Whether you want to write a puppet play, use fragments of text, dialogue, songs or anything else Beccy Smith will equip you with the tools you need to build confidence in writing for this unique form and take your writing to the next level.

Beccy Smith is an experienced course leader with vast experience producing and writing for puppetry, as well as teaching dramaturgy and devising at University level.

She’s looking forward to working with you!

More info HERE
Click HERE to book