Puppetry from Home

DATE/TIME: Thursday, 4th March, 11am-12:30pm
VENUE: Online
COST: £15.00

Learn how to bring puppets to life using household items and your own hands, with actor, puppeteer, master multi-roler and theatre maker, Paula Brett.

About the workshop:

This small group workshop is suitable for absolute beginners. We will be using household items and our own hands. 

We’ll cover…

·       BREATH

Breath brings something to life. Students will be asked to take a scarf or hat, and make it breathe. We will look at breathing to convey different meanings, such a fear, sadness, excitement and calm.


The importance of giving a puppet weight – or not. Moving weight as an indicator of mood or intention.

You will practice giving something weight and gravity using a shoe! 🙂

·       FOCUS

Eyeline exercises – finding and maintaining consistent eyeline

·       THOUGHT

You will be given a short, basic story to enact with their hand, working on portraying thought and intention using the principals given above. 

·       Explanation of Different types of puppets and puppetry:

Hand/Bunraku/Long rod/Short rod/Full body

About Paula:

Paula trained at London School of Musical Theatre, and has worked in a wide variety of styles ever since. Credits include In the Night Garden Live (Puppeteer), The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle (Various roles/Puppeteer), Furchester Hotel Live (Funella Puppeteer/Various). They are also a writer and theatre-maker, and have spent the last year developing their own one-person show. They have contributed to many co-devised shows, including co-composing and choreographing pieces. 
Paula is an established traffic and travel broadcaster, and can be heard on radio stations across the country. Their voice was featured recently in Channel 5’s The Motorway.