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.






Pop-Up Puppet Club

10 am to 12 pm, 29 May (Tues)

Ages 5+



For children aged 5+ and their parents
Puppet Place, Rehearsal Studio


Come and join us at Puppet Place this half term and learn how to make your very own puppet, with puppet maker Lizzie Johnson. In this two hour session exploring the theme of harbour life, we’ll be creating puppets based on the animals and people who live and work around Puppet Place. Pop-Up Puppet Club is a collaborative, creative time for children and their families to explore their crafty side in a relaxed, supportive environment.


With thanks to Hotwells Panto Fund
Photo credit: Farrows Creative


£6 for 1 x parent and 1 x child, £4 for each additional child

Saturday Puppet Club – 29th May 2018

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Women in Animation Masterclass

10am to 5pm 23rd June (Sat)



A day-long masterclass in Women’s Animation with Bristol-based animator Emma Windsor. Familiarise yourself with contemporary and historical animated filmmaking and key production techniques. Gain an insight and understanding of narrative structures and other animated storytelling devices.
There will also be the chance to create your own stop motion animated sequence. Use pre-production tools, such as storyboards, to plan an animation, design and fabricate some materials and film a short sequence using a phone/tablet app you can download at home.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Exeter Phoenix website.

£35 / £29.50 concessions

BFP17 on Tour: Screening of ‘Women in Puppetry and Puppet Animation’ showcase with filmmaker Q&A

7:30 pm 12 June (Tues)



This showcase celebrates the talent of female directors, animators, puppeteers and other filmmaking creatives, in front and behind the camera. From alternative leading ladies to female views on sexuality, conflict and relationships – this recent short film collection reflects the expertise and experiences of women working in puppetry and puppet animation today.
The short film screening will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A with Laura Beth Cowley & Emma Windsor.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Exeter Phoenix website.

£7 / £5 for under 25s

Puppetry Design and Fabrication Course

6.30-8.30pm, 20 June - 25 July (every Wed) and 10am-5pm, 28 July (Sat)

Ages 18+



This 6 week evening course will focus on the design and build process of an articulated tabletop puppet.

The first session will focus on the performance qualities of materials, objects and puppets: building an appreciation of the relationship between the human operator and puppet in “bringing the inanimate to life”. Starting from these first principles, participants will then design and build their own puppet, learning skills of joint making and appropriate use of materials and tools along the way. At the end, participants will then have the opportunity to take part in a day long performance workshop (Saturday 28th July) with their puppets to discover how to bring them to life: their range of movement and character.


This course will take place in Puppet Place’s fabrication studio and rehearsal studio. Participants will also be introduced to the range of tools that are the “musts” for any serious puppet maker.

Please note places on this course are strictly limited to 9 people, so early booking is advised!


This course will be led by Emma Powell. Emma is an experienced workshop leader and expert puppet builder. She regularly works with Pickled Image, Wattle & Daub, Open Attic and Green Ginger



£250 - all materials included

Puppet Makers

10 am to 5 pm, 30th June and 1st July (Sat & Sun)

Ages 18+




Learn the basics of puppet creation from design to realisation on this 2 day course. Over the weekend, you will design and create a table-top puppet learning about a variety of techniques and materials. The aim, as always, is to create a puppet with expressive movement so that the character comes to life. This is a great course for anyone interested developing their puppetry making as it explores how basic principles start to become the foundation blocks for puppets with more sophisticated movement.

This course will be led by Lizzie Johnson, a fabricator for animation, theatre and public engagement works. Lizzie has worked with companies such as Rusty Squid, Pickled Image and RAUCOUS.


Puppet Makers will take place in our Rehearsal Studio, lunch is included on both days.


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Book before the 31st May and save £10 (select ‘early bird’ from the drop-down menu below)


Are you a budding puppetry performer? Why not book on to our Puppetry Performance for Beginners course. Participants on our Puppetry Makers course get a discounted rate one our one day performance course. See the course listing for more information.


£135 / £125 with early bird discount (book before 31st May)

Puppet Makers – 30 June, 1 July 2018



Puppetry Performance for Beginners

10 am to 5 pm, 7 July (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.


If you are also attending our Puppet Makers course then you can attend the Puppetry Performance for Beginners workshop at a discounted rate of £40. Please select the ‘Makers Bundle’ option below to take advantage of this offer.

£60 or £40 if purchased with our 'Puppet Makers' workshop

Puppetry Performance for Beginners – 7 July 2018