Knuckle and Joint Puppetry Workshop

Saturday 29th April 2017, 2-4pm in Jarman Studio 1 (Buy Tickets)

£7.50, £5 Conc.  20% off when you buy tickets to three or more events.

The creative team behind the Black Hoods Cabaret and Save the Lyma Birds are offering a two-hour workshop in puppetry for children aged between 12 and 16.

Participants will learn the cornerstones of puppet manipulation and technique through practical exercises. They learn how to create breath, focus and weight in a puppet with lots of varied exercises working as an ensemble and individuals. Then, participants will form small groups and make their own 3ft puppet out of brown paper and other accessories. The puppet they make in this workshop is very easy and participants will be able to recreate them at home too! Once made, participants will be able to devise their own original scenes to be shared at the end of the workshop.

Positive Triggers

Puppets. Creating their own puppet character. Music will be played in certain parts of workshop.

Negative Triggers

Total Black out (audience): No

What is the audience lighting level?: Bright

Flashing Lights or strobe: No

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): Yes, music but will not be loud

Repetitive noises: No

Drums: No

High-pitched tones: No

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): No

Is there background sound/music: Yes, but only in certain moments


Interactivity and Participation

Workshop/manual activity: Yes, participants will be creating scenes with puppets, all participants will be showing scenes at same time but no participant will be performing individually. Everything will we bill created and shown as group.

Are participants required to:

Walk around: Not much

Undertake directed movement: Yes through using puppets

Read: No

Draw: No

Construct things: Yes, brown paper puppets. They will follow a demonstration step by step of how to make it in groups.

Paint: No

Sing: No

Participate in pairs or groups with others: Yes.

Other Details:

If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: mugs, tea towels, brown paper

If the activity is targeted towards this demographic, is it okay for a parent or carer to support children in participation: Yes

If a child is slower in their movements than other children, is there a capacity for that child to have a turn to participate: Yes

Please include any other notes you feel will be helpful:

There will be free play breaks in between exercises to allow participants to not be overwhelmed in 2 hour workshop.

Attention Span Information

Workshop duration: 2 hours

Is there an intermission: There will be free play breaks throughout

Do the participants need to sit in one place during the workshop: No, participants will be moving around the room throughout.

Is it okay for audience members to make a noise/move around during the workshop (ie: a relaxed performance): Yes.

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: Yes, there will be an introduction of workshops and warm ups for half hour.

Senses, Emotions and Effects

Does your workshop have any distinctive smells: No

Does your workshop have any other special effects (eg: smoke machine, bubbles etc): No

Does your show involve exploring any textures, and if so please specify: Ceramic mugs, tea towels and brown paper.

Are balloons used in your show: No

Does anyone in your workshop express anger: No

To what extent is your workshop dialogue driven: There will be instructions throughout the workshop led by facilitator and assistant facilitator.

Are there any props in the workshop that you think potential audience members should know about that have not already been mentioned: No