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.
GENERAL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
All courses and workshops take place at
Unit 18 Albion Dockside Estate
Bristol BS1 6UT
unless otherwise stated.
N.B. Puppet Place only offers refunds in circumstances where a course, workshop or event is cancelled.
FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES:
Saturday Puppet Club
24 Feb - 17 Mar (every Sat, 10am-12pm)
Spike Island Cafe, Cumberland Rd
A friendly Saturday morning puppetry club for families. Puppet maker Lizzie Johnson, will take you through the process of creating your very own puppet, building craft and artistic skills each week. This term we will be exploring the theme of harbour life – creating puppets based on the animals and people who live and work around Spike Island. The sessions are a collaborative, creative time for children and their families to explore their crafty side in a relaxed, supportive environment.
These sessions are run by Puppet Place and hosted by Spike Island Café.
With thanks to Hotwells Panto Fund and Spike Island Cafe
£20 for 1 x parent and 1 x child / £12 for each additional child (maximum of 2 additional children per parent)
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Creative Cafe – with Becca Rose
7.30pm 15 March (Thurs)
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
Broken Puppet 2: A Symposium on Puppetry & Disability Performance
14-15 April (Sat & Sun)
Bath Spa University, Bath, UK
Bath Spa University’s Arts and Social Change Research Group
in conjunction with The UNIMA Research Commission and Puppet Place
Recent puppetry work such as Hijinx Theatre’s Meet Fred (2016), Graeae Theatre Company’s The Iron Man (2011), Daryl Beeton’s A Square World (2017) and Corina Duyn’s Life Outside the Box (2016) use puppetry to explore stories of those with disabilities and to engage with disabled culture. At Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2017, Puppet Place worked with Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies facilitating workshops and labs to explore intersections of disability and puppetry. Guerilla Dance Project and OpenUp Music conducted a lab to develop eye gaze assisted puppetry, and Hijinx Theatre worked with puppetry companies Blind Summit and Green Ginger to explore tabletop puppetry with learning disabled adults. These diverse performance-based projects engage with and provoke areas of inquiry around the ways in which bodies and social spaces can be understood and performed differently.
This symposium will bring together artists, scholars, and members of the public to reflect on, analyse, and further develop this emerging work in the field of puppetry and disability performance.
Keynote Speakers are Community performance artist and disability culture activist Professor Petra Kuppers, University of Michigan, and puppetry artist and writer, Corina Duyn.
Further information is available at www.brokenpuppetsymposium.com