1 Term Puppetry Training
Developed initially for a term at East 15 Acting School, this programme gives students the training and experience to prepare them for the demands of working professionally as a puppeteer/actor in theatre.
Over 8 weekly training days students are introduced to a range of puppetry techniques and practices used by contemporary theatre makers. The sessions culminate in a puppetry intensive where they spend 5 days creating their own pieces for performance. The emphasis is on not only equipping them with technique based skills, but also to enable them to collaborate within a devising context.
The course is run over 8 days, spread weekly to enable maximum benefit and time for research and preparation for sessions. The training includes:
- Bunraku style puppetry (3 puppeteers on 1 puppet)
- Object manipulation
- Introduction to puppet design and making
- Shadow Puppetry / Video & Mixed Media
- Devising with puppets
- Approaches to puppet direction
- Movement and physical discipline in relation to puppetry
Subjects above can be tailored for beginners or those with more experience / facilities to develop more advanced material.
The final 5 day intensive focusses on creating material for performance, giving students a realistic experience of an approach to creating an R&D showing, which is a common approach when developing new work or seeking support of venues and partners.
"Thanks so much for the workshop - everyone was buzzing afterwards and gained loads"
"The pupils were so engaged, and have been buzzing with enthusiasm ever since the session. They're now keen to take their skills further, and are talking about using puppets in our next production. I'll definitely be recommending the workshop to colleagues at other schools."
King’s College, Wimbledon