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Crankie Making Course (online)

19 January - 30 March

with Bronia Evers


Duration: 7 sessions of 2 hours

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Thursday evenings 6:30pm – 8.:30pm on 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar plus sharing session on 30 Mar.

The course will take place on zoom.

Please download our zoom policy here.

Crankie theatres are a versatile form of visual storytelling. A narrative is unfolded with scrolling paper illustrations, which are wound through a box using two rotating cranks with handles.

Crankies offer rich potential for theatre makers, storytellers, visual artists, teachers and other practitioners engaged in story-based work. For example, a crankie can be backlit and combined with shadow puppetry, or it can become backdrop for 3D puppet action. Crankies can be visual aids to enrich a storytelling performance, or to illustrate a poem or song. A crankie box might appear as one element within a larger theatre piece, perhaps depicting a dream or journey sequence.

The sessions will include tutor demonstrations, making time and time for questions. Please note that there will be some making homework between each class. Participants will come away with a completed crankie box, a ‘work in progress’ scroll and some seed ideas for a short crankie performance which they can continue to develop after the course if they wish.

Participants should note that they will need to source their own materials in advance of the course, using the list provided. The list can be found here.

About the tutor

Bronia is a storyteller, designer, maker and puppeteer.  Her work weaves together story and craft, featuring hand-made crankie theatres, puppets and miniature story worlds. She is co-founder of the company One Moment In Time, with whom she has been making and performing story-based performance work for young audiences since 2006. 

Bronia’s work has appeared at venues including Lyric Hammersmith, Oxford Story Museum, Manchester Literature Festival, Little Angel Theatre and Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival. She has facilitated workshops nationally and internationally for people of all ages and abilities, and works as a guest tutor for organisations including Little Angel Theatre, The Ministry of Stories and The School of Storytelling at Emerson College.

Testimonials from previous participants: 

It was a very well structured course, Bronia was a very good teacher and with amazing knowledge and experience in her craft.”

“Brilliant course. Bronia was super supportive and encouraging and I was incredibly proud of how far I came. Thank you!”

One place on this course will be offered for free as a bursary.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about how to apply.

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