How to become a Confident Puppet Performer. Ten-dates course from 2nd February to May 24th in Derby, East Midlands then France.


New Course! Reduced fees!



This Course is designed for participants who know they want to be puppeteers but cannot do full time classes. You might have children, or other family or work commitments. You are welcome at LSP with all your complications and responsibilities which make you the person you are. 

The aim of this course is to allow you to become confident as performers through a process of skills development, writing and devising your own work, learning the necessary steps towards rehearsing and finally in the Audience Studies part of the course perform to audiences in the U.K. and finally in France at the Poet-Laval Puppet Festival. 

Fees have been reduced from £1,600 to £1,200 to cover the fees and expenses for the journey to France.

The Programme 

The programme consists of 10 days of work see below for dates. These are generally non-consecutive weekends with exception of the last two dates which are weekdays to allow for performances in schools. On Saturdays we start work at 11.00 and finish formal learning at 6.00pm On Sundays work starts at 9.00 and finishes at 4.00pm. For the 10 days of contact time you need to complete 20-30 days of independent study. You can be in touch with each other and with the Director of Studies during these periods.


2nd Visiting tutors, Ronnie Le Drew and Lois Conlan (Travelling Puppet Theatre) Relaxed open day watching performances, operating classes, eating, drinking and sharing. 

3rd Visiting tutor Ella Mackay from Hopeful Monster performing and teaching her own brand of hand puppetry. Caroline Astell-Burt of Waxbaby Productions - Body Puppetry

23rd Report back with Mock up of solo performance to be made for local audiences and French Festival at Poet Laval.

24th 9-11 Planning your making-process. 2-4.00 pm. Body and hand shadow puppets. 


30th Writing, Performing and Making : an interdisciplinary process. Creating crowd scenes and variations. Hot seating for character development. Pape sart for storytelling.

31st Writing, Performing and Making : an interdisciplinary process. Solo shows as fully formed narratives.


27th  Completing making- assessing each other. 

28th  How to run a rehearsal period.


Thursday 23rd Rehearsals

Friday 24th Performances all day plus debriefing. 


Next stage is Poet Laval Festival!  Leaving the U.K. on 19th and returning on 30th. At the Festival in France, you perform your work, get involved with helping generally at the Festival and organising LSP’s part of the work and assisting the Festival Director. The whole experience is tremendously affirming for the new life you have chosen. Food and shelter provided.


Everyone is responsible for their journey to France.  Details will be provided after you start the Course. It is quite straightforward, but advance booking is crucial. Food and shelter in covered at the Festival.


Fees cover tuition, teaching materials, use of the library, and performance space. The fees do not cover, travel expenses, your accommodation, or specific materials for making your solo shows.

It is possible to take this one module @ £1,200. which is a special rate for a limited period only (usually fees are £1,600).

All fees are non-refundable. 


Accommodation can be found locally in Derby for approximately £90.00 a week- You would have to enquire about single nightly bookings. 

Derby is an attractive city. There is a developing performing arts scene due to the connection Derby University has with Derby Theatre and Dédà, the dance centre.  In Chester Green, the environment is quiet and green. The River Derwent flows  through the parks making it a beautiful place for study.

Available dates

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