Puppet Construction Course - Table Top Puppets
with Peter O'Rourke
Duration: 5 days
This 5-day course looks at the puppet as a mechanism. Working from a prototype, students will make a puppeteer-friendly, robust, table top puppet – and along the way learn about the principles that underpin its construction.
Using stencils provided, they will be guided stage-by-stage through the process of making their own copy; working with a range of materials including birch ply, Styrofoam, steel rod, dowels, elastics and plastic piping. This course is equally suited to beginners and those who want to extend the range of their technique
All materials will be provided and the course is limited to six participants
About the tutor
As a freelance puppet maker, designer and director Peter has helped create many projects at Little Angel Theatre including The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Alice in Wonderland, Jabberwocky, The Mouse Queen, Fantastic Mr Fox, Romeo and Juliet, Handa’s Surprise and Little Cinders. Other companies he has worked for include Kneehigh, Indefinite Articles, Theatre-rites, Spitting Image and Norwich Puppet Theatre. In 2019 Peter launched his new puppet theatre company Cubic Feet. Cubic Feet’s first production, The Dong with a Luminous Nose was mounted as a co-production with LAT. You can see examples of Peter’s work on Instagram @cubicfeettheatre