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. Autumn programme will be announced shortly!

Autumn/Winter 2017 programme coming soon!


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.







More information coming soon…




Creative Cafe – with Emma Windsor

7.30pm 18 January (Thurs)

Ages 18+



Emma is an animator and filmmaker . She is also Editor of Puppet Place’s newsletter and Bristol Festival of Puppetry (BFP) Film Curator.

In this Creative Cafe, Emma will discuss her work as an independent animator. Emma’s own work often explores the impact of fear as a complex emotional driver in our lives – the thrill of a rollercoaster, gallows humour and the “frozen rabbit” moment are all common human experiences with fear at their heart.
Emma finds the sheer variety of animation techniques from stop-motion to pixelation and its natural affinity to the surreal, makes it a powerful medium in which to explore the subject of fear: its absurdity and its emotional power.

Join us as we discover the darker side of animation and the absurdity of fear!

You can find out more about Emma’s work at earsandwhiskers.co.uk



Women in Puppetry & Animated Film – On Tour

3pm 27 January (Sat)

Ages 12A


at Manipulate Festival

Traverse Theatre – Edinburgh


We are delighted that this BFP17 showcase event is now on tour!

This programme showcases animated films, each of which harnesses the almost infinite malleability and versatility of puppetry, celebrates the talents of female directors, animators, puppeteers and other filmmaking creatives both in front and behind the camera.


From alternative leading ladies to female views on sexuality, conflict and relationships, this recently curated collection of shorts reflects the expertise and experiences of women working in puppetry and film today. This dynamic and thought-provoking selection of animated shorts is not to be missed.


Manipulate Festival 27 January – 3 February 2018





£12 3 film pass £35 film festival pass



Creative Cafe – with Becca Rose

7.30pm 15 March (Thurs)

Ages 18+



Becca is an artist-maker-educator. She explores how objects tell stories between the physical and digital. For the past 2 years she has been collaborating with illustrators, software developers and storytellers to create Bear Abouts , an interactive storytelling app that tells stories across digital and physical spaces.


Becca has a background in theatre, and before delving into the digital world she created shadow puppetry and interactive performance. In this creative cafe she will share some of her work, discuss the ideas that have emerged from recent experiments, and will bring some examples so you can have a play!


photo credit – Ben Peter

See more on Becca’s website: www.beccarose.co.uk




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