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Intermediate Puppetry Course

21 September - 30 November


Duration: 10 weeks

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Thursdays 7.00 – 9.30pm

10 sessions: 21 September – 30 November (There will not be a session on 26 October due to the half-term break)

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Our Intermediate Puppetry Course invites participants to explore thoroughly some of the most popular forms of contemporary puppetry. Each session of the ten-week term will build upon the fundamental principles of puppetry, culminating in a final sharing of work.

These sessions will leave participants with a knowledge of advanced techniques, confidence in handling animated objects and specialist skills for devising live performance with puppets. This course particularly focuses on Object Theatre, Marionettes, TV puppetry and multiple puppeteer puppets. Participants will also get the opportunity to put their design skills into practice through specific making sessions where they will learn how to create a head moving mechanism.

This course is ideally suited to those who want to continue to build their skills after completing our Puppetry Foundation Course. However, if you are a practiced performer who wants to work on their skill this course will also be suitable.

About the Tutor

Oliver Hymans is an award-winning puppetry artist; working internationally across four continents, directing and designing puppetry in theatre, opera, film and music video. His puppets have appeared at London’s Tate Modern, Arcola Theatre, National Gallery, Camden Roundhouse, ICA and Rose Theatre Kingston, Colombia’s National Circus School and South Africa’s Loft Puppet Company. He is an Associate Artist of Little Angel Theatre and has previously directed Emily Rising (“dazzling technical flourishes” – The Guardian). In 2021 he became a QEST Scholar (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) and has been awarded funding to specialise in traditional marionette design.

All participants who attend at least 80% of the course will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

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

Please CLICK HERE for more information about how to apply.

“The course was inspiring and engaging. I feel I have learnt a huge amount about the art of puppetry and have improved my own puppetry skills. Thanks to Oliver for being such a patient teacher”.

– A course participant.

If you cannot find an available event to suit you, you can join our waiting list for sold out events here.