The Moving Parts Puppet School is a space for North East of England people to create, play, explore, express and imagine. It is a place for discovering puppetry and for building a community for the art form in the region.

The Puppet School has been created specifically for North East people and it aims to spark creativity in kids, teens and adults alike through accessible and affordable courses.

The Moving Parts Puppet School debuted in Spring 2021 by delivering two online courses for kids (7-11) and teens (12-16), made possible through funding from the Community Foundation / Newcastle Cultural Investment Fund. We are now returning for Autumn 2021 with not two but FOUR courses for kids, teens and adults in partnership with Life and Limb Puppets, made possible through funding from Arts Council England and the Community Foundation / Wide Open Road Fund.

Autumn Term 2021 booking is now closed.

We have three courses available as part of the Autumn Term 2021 programme taking place between Sept - Dec. Click the green buttons to find out more about each course.

All four courses can be attended either in person at the Carnegie Building in Newcastle or accessed online via Zoom. You can even do a bit of both! The Carnegie Building is accessible for wheelchair users.


All courses are open to anyone living in the North East of England.

All four course tickets include a pop-up box theatre and puppet making materials packs FREE of charge. 




each ticket!

Each ticket on a Moving Parts Puppet School course includes all puppet making materials needed and a specially-designed, pop-up home theatre. The pop-up home theatre designed by Rachael Horner can be placed everywhere from kitchen tables, to hospital bedsides, to back gardens - a tiny, magical world can be created in the home.



"The time has never been better for an initiative like Moving Parts Puppet School; providing a fun, interactive and positive creative outlet for young people"
NARC Magazine

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British Theatre Guide >>

NE Volume >>

"Thank you for giving my son something to look forward to each week which he felt was his 'thing' and has continued to show an interest in after puppet school has finished." Puppet School parent/guardian


"The course was excellent and gave us as a family something to look forward to and break the monotony of lockdown." Puppet School parent/guardian

""The Puppet School catered to the needs of the children and they felt well-connected considering they were miles apart."
Puppet School parent/guardian



Join puppetologists Will and ZB as they bravely carry out their mission of repopulating the puppetsphere! Learn puppet making and performance skills along the way as you help Will and ZB in their task...just make sure to watch out for the pesky Bin Hand! 

Episode 1: The Sponge People from Galtraxia 4

Episode 2: The Ball Head Visitors

Episode 3: The Runner Glove Escapade

Episode 4: The Cloth Joint People

Episode 5: A Hungry Hand Puppet

Episode 6: The Margore

All episodes have been professionally subtitled - just click the icon in the bottom right of the videos.

Moving Parts Puppet School created by:

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Episode 1 and Spring 2021 pilot project made possible through support from:

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Episodes 2-4 and Spring Break 2021 outreach project made possible by:

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Autumn Term 2021 made possible through support from:

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