Our programme of events, classes and workshops support a range of ages and abilities. We welcome everyone to have a go, from the curious to the professional. Our education and outreach activity is growing so we encourage your ideas and feedback about what you’d like to have a play with.


All courses and workshops take place at

Unit 18 Albion Dockside Estate

Hanover Place

Bristol BS1 6UT

unless otherwise stated.


N.B. Puppet Place only offers refunds in circumstances where a course, workshop or event is cancelled.


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Creative Cafe with Fiona Matthews

Thurs 7 Mar 19.30

Ages 18+


Fiona Matthews runs Theatre Orchard, an arts development organisation that was set up in 2007 to develop a professional arts infrastructure for North Somerset, an area of low cultural engagement.  The organisation creates and curates inspiring professional live arts experiences in the heart of communities – from empty shops to residential homes to piers to beaches –  alongside an ongoing engagement programme that has been recognised for its impact on health and well-being.


Come and join Fiona as she gives a snapshot of Theatre Orchard’s work and shares how the company has moved from the challenging realms of being pretty much the lone cultural voice in North Somerset, to today where Theatre Orchard is the region’s first National Portfolio Organisation.  There are still challenges of course, but everything’s relative!


Puppetry Performance for Beginners

Sat 16 Feb 09.30 to 16.30

Ages 18+


Discover the core principles of puppet manipulation through a practical and playful exploration of puppetry. This workshop is for anyone who has ever wanted to work with puppetry but felt unsure about where to start. You will explore some of the basic principles of puppetry; revealing how easy, how difficult and how joyful the process can be. If you have always wanted to work with a puppet in community projects, in outdoor theatre or experimental performance then this workshop is for you.


This workshop is led by Emma Williams, a freelance puppetry director. For the last nine years she has been Performance Director for The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Design and Puppetry Production. Emma also makes outdoor, site-responsive performances with designer and puppet maker Mary Drummond.


This workshop will run from Factory 8, Upton Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QZ, lunch is included in the cost.