When & Where

Suitable For

  • 18 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Matthew Hutchinson
  • Course Code SAC090A

What you will learn

Using everyday objects from around your home and puppets made from paper you will explore and recognise the core principals of puppetry. The course will give you a toolkit of practical approaches and techniques to the basics of puppetry, and its possibilities within performance. Though this course is not looking at making and design, we will cover the some of the intrinsically linked practical aspects in how performance potential is obtained from puppets and objects.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explore the fundamentals of puppetry
  • Gain confidence in manipulation and animation techniques
  • Examine the practicalities of puppetry in performance
  • Be introduced to a range of puppetry styles and forms
  • Increase your awareness of "presence" on stage
  • Explore and analyse on-stage images and visual storytelling


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    We will learn through practical exploration through set tasks done together as a class, combined with reference work, observation, reflection and tutor/peer feedback.

    Entry requirements

    Though not essential, some experience or knowledge in performance is desirable. The course may also be of interest to visual artists who work in 3D, and any makers wishing to explore puppetry performance practically for the first time. As a practical course you will need to be willing to actively participate.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course will include some completion of activities outside of class time, e.g. research, finding something for next week, reflection or small preparation of a task.

    What you need

    Comfortable clothing - though the course is practical and will involve some physical work, it will not be heavy duty and it is important to be comfortable and be able to move with a good range of movement. A table/desk Roll of brown paper (parcel paper) A selection of objects from around the home (nothing precious or fragile that could easily break) A pair of scissors A tennis ball Masking Tape Some A4 Paper Notepad and pen (or something to take your notes on)