Making and Performing Rod Puppetry. Derby, East Midlands. 4th October-6th November 2019


picking up a puppet and feeling confident enough to operate it for an audience. This is the aim of this Course. What we want to do is to give you the skills to join the international family of puppeteers where rod puppetry is the largest genre of puppetry from table-top to Japanese bunraku and all in between from Warhorse puppets, giant processional puppets to the simplest stick puppets.

The Course Work

is divided between solo, group work, tutorials and independent study. It is completely practical. Coursework, includes the study of historical and traditional puppetry, more modern concepts such as table-top, and international styles such as Bunraku style puppetry We also include two other Japanese forms- otome bunraku and pape sart. Students develop their skills of writing and creating original work for the puppeteer, puppet making and set design and building, running their own rehearsal process and audience studies when you perform to various audiences. This course is at professional level.

The Course starts at the Skipton International Puppet Festival where you have the opportunity to see a large range of performances as well as receive the start of the tuition for the Course.


Making a table top puppet under the tuition of expert puppeteers.

Learning to improvise, rehearse and perform with supportive colleagues.

Supported performances with real audiences.

Leaving the course able to perform.


Course Cost: 4 weeks £1,600.
Please note all fees are non-returnable. Contact with apply@londonschoolofpuppetry advisable prior to booking.
Fees cover tuition, use of tools, library and some materials. Fees do NOT cover, travel, accommodation, parking or food.

We have an accommodation list, please send for it. Accommodation available approximately £90.00 a week.


is a lovely Midlands City within easy reach of London. It is developing as a vibrant centre for theatre, puppetry and dance with collaborations between Derby University, Derby Theatre and Dédà and companies such as Maison Foo and Waxbaby Productions. Chester Green where the Course is located offers green space and quiet for intensive study.  

Comments from one of the Derby students

After performing the piece she made at London School of Puppetry, she said,

“I have had people asking when I will be out next ...I was high as a kite afterwards and had that lovely 'Derby feeling', yes there is a 'Derby-feeling' its the magic in the garden feeling! I am writing all this up to make sure I capture the progress I make. I am so heartened by what I saw and felt.”

See images below from Caroline Astell-Burt, Waxbaby Productions, Kate James-Moore, Commedia Puppets, Ted Adair, Lois Conlan, Travelling Shadow Theatre.

Photographs of work by Kate James-Moore  Commedia Puppets, Jhess Knight Trash Puppets, Célia Constantinesco Skat Fingers, Liz Walker Invisible Thread, Caroline Astell-Burt  Waxbaby Productions, Nico Bernal, Lois Conlan of Travelling Shadow Theatre. 

All fees paid are non-returnable 

Booking:  Click on “default title” and follow instructions.

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