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 Café with Matthew Whittle

7:30pm, 18 Sep (Tues)

Ages 18+


For this month’s Creative Cafe we are joined by co-Director of The Wardrobe Theatre, Matthew Whittle.


Matthew is a theatre director, dramaturg and producer, primarily at The Wardrobe Theatre where he has been co-Director for the past 7 years. He helped build The Wardrobe Theatre from a pop-up venue in a small room above a pub to the established, award-winning and nationally recognised organisation that the theatre now is. The Wardrobe Theatre currently hosts over 500 performances and welcomes over 34,000 audience members per year. Matthew also devises, produces and occasionally directs The Wardrobe Theatre’s popular alternative comedy Christmas shows (such as Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror and Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears) and is a performer in the theatre’s long-running cult improvised soap opera, Closer Each Day.


Matthew will be talking about the story of The Wardrobe Theatre, how they got started and were able to build on their success and his approach to making shows.



Creative Café with Mumblecrust Theatre

7:30pm, 13 Nov (Tues)

Ages 18+


Anthony Burbridge and Katie Underhay – Co-Artistic Directors of Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre – will be joining us for Creative Cafe this November.


Mumblecrust create smart, innovative theatre for families and young people. Combining storytelling and live music; puppetry and object theatre; history and fiction, Mumblecrust invent and reinvent the weird and wonderful, drawing on well-known stories and legends. Both performers, designers and writers, the pair created The Tale of the Cockatrice in 2016, and are now working on their brand new production – an adaptation of HG Wells’ The Time Machine.


In this Creative Cafe, Katie and Anthony will talk about the creation, success and challenges in creating The Tale of the Cockatrice; the development of The Time Machine and their passion for creating family theatre with slightly older children in mind.





Puppetry Performance for Beginners

10am-5pm, 3 Nov (Sat)

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 our rehearsal studio, lunch is included in the cost.