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Puppetry Foundation Course

26 January - 30 March 2023


Duration: 9 Weeks

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This is 90% of the full course fee, so you do not pay for the missed session.

Every Thursday for 9 weeks. 26 January – 30 March (with a half-term break on 16 February).

Please note this course has already started and you have missed the first week.

This course 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.

Please note this course has already started, and this booking is for the remaining 9 weeks, which it is possible to catch up on.

You can book this course for every Thursday for 9 weeks. 26 January – 30 March.

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.