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

Fabulous feedback

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Here’s what our students had to say about this Spring’s
Puppetry Fundamentals:

“Really inspiring and energising to learn so much so quickly.”

“It feels like we’ve covered so many aspects of puppetry in just two days.”

“Fantastic teaching. I feel so inspired and have learnt such a lot. (Good value too).”

 

and about Producing Small Scale Theatre:

“It was extremely thorough and gave me confidence in the process from start to finish.”

“A brilliant day – I learnt a huge amount.”

 

TA-DAA! Our Spring Term Courses:

We are delighted to announce our new programme of courses for Spring 2016.
Taking part in any Brighton Puppetry School course will offer new skills, methods and perspective on this diverse and fascinating art form.
Whether you select a course or two to top-up your existing skills and knowledge or prefer to combine several for a solid foundation training in puppetry, we are on hand to advise the most suitable course or set of courses to suit your requirements.

PRODUCING SMALL SCALE THEATRE / CREATING
16 Jan 2016 / 1 Day / £55 

PUPPETRY FUNDAMENTALS / PERFORMING
23 & 24  Jan 2016 / Weekend / £95

PUPPET MAKING FOR TEACHERS / MAKING
30 & 31 Jan 2016 / Weekend / £95

CREATING A SHORT PUPPETRY SHOW / PERFORMING / CREATING
Jan 26 – March 22 2016 / Evening Class x 8  / £160

MAKING GLOVE PUPPETS / MAKING
6 & 7 Feb 2016 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95

PUPPETRY FOR ARTISTS / CREATING
27 & 28 Feb 2016 / Weekend / £95

VOICING PUPPETS / PERFORMING
5 & 6 March 2016 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95

GLOVE PUPPETRY / PERFORMING
12 & 13 March 2016 / Weekend / TIE-IN / £95

WRITING FOR VISUAL THEATRE /  CREATING
13 March – 1 May 2016 / Sunday School x 6 / £125

AND:
FLOWER FAIRY PUPPET MAKING – BITE-SIZED
19 March 2016 / One-day workshop / £55

MAKE TOGETHER CHILDREN’S PUPPET MAKING – BITE-SIZED
26 March 2016 / One-day workshop / £55

Booking for the Spring Programme is now open!

High Five! Talking Puppets

5 & 6 Dec 2015 / £95
Join Brighton Puppetry School for a weekend of specialist puppet making.

These large-scale puppets have moving mouths making them perfect for delivering Christmas day speeches and for Festive Carol Singing! Of course a puppet is not just for Christmas and this style of puppet is great for exploring the use of text in puppetry all year round!
We’re even planning a weekend course: Voicing Puppets, in 2016 to help to bring your creation to life.

Who will you make? – whether muppetish or more life-like – the puppet’s character is up to you. You will discover how to make an effective moving mouth and will construct the puppet’s head and torso using soft modelling techniques, you will add one life-sized arm to the puppet and an empty sleeve – with one hand operating the puppet’s head and the other becoming the puppet’s second arm your Talking Puppet will be capable of very precise hand movements to accompany it’s speech. High Five!

You will leave the course with puppet making techniques to transfer to your future puppet projects.

Click here for more info, bookings and enquiries.

Hope to see you there.