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Puppetry Foundation Course

This term's course has started.


This term’s course began on 5th April 2022. We are no longer accepting participants for this course.
Watch this space for future courses!

This course is for adults, aged 18+.

It is designed for absolute beginners, it is open to all those who have always wanted to have a go at puppetry but never had the opportunity to do so.

Explore a variety of different puppet forms and learn the basics of puppet manipulation and making over 10 weeks.

This term the course will be delivered in-person and will focus on object theatre, glove puppets, shadow puppetry, table-top puppets and three-person puppets.

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.

The course includes an opportunity for a simple make you can take home with you.

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

“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.