How to Make, Devise and Perform a Rod Puppetry Show. Derby, East Midlands 4th-31st August 2018

Performance extra! 

This is an opportunity to make puppets, make a short performance and additionally learn how to adapt or use it in a therapeutic or educational context. Thus you learn about two markets for your work.

The ability to make materials work as puppets is one that needs the ability to observe, respond imaginatively and improvise. Simple developmental suggestions will enable you to respond confidently and make a short performance by giving movement to a puppet. The brief is to make a five minute piece of action which will be performed at the LSP Theatre in the Garden Party and on other occasions. 

Rod puppetry is the largest genre of puppetry from Table-top to Japanese style Otome and all in between. The course time is divided between solo, group work and tutorials. The scale can be extremely varied, from huge processional figures to the tiniest stick puppets.  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, 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. This course is at professional level.


Making a table top puppet under the tuition of an experienced puppeteer.
Finishing puppet and trying it out 
Playing with the table-top space, improvisation and play. 
Working as an outside eye.
Improved performance.
Advanced training.

Course Cost: 4 weeks @ £400 a week £1600.
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. 

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

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