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INTO THE WILDS

BEGINNERS PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP
(3 sessions)

with Judith Hope Puppet Maker

Sunday 1st August - Sunday 15th August 2021

Join this beginners workshop to learn to make a simple, upright animal rod puppet, using recycled and inexpensive, easily sourced materials. On the course you will learn some important elemental principles of puppet making, covering design and movement, structure, suitable materials and suggestions for aesthetics and decoration. The puppet design is fully articulated at the head, hips, shoulder, elbow and wrist. 

 

You will create a basic structure that once learnt, can be further adapted for other upright table-top puppets. The workshop will consist of 3 tutorials, you will be learning through observation and taking notes with lots of opportunities to ask questions. The making will be done in your own time, in between workshops. 

'TALKS WITH PRACTITIONERS' SERIES

TALK 2: LESLEY-ANNE ROSE

Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 7pm (BST)

Join Moving Parts Arts for our online 2021 series of 'Talks with Practitioners'. Find out about the work of talented and varied puppetry and visual theatre artists, whilst having the opportunity to ask your burning questions.

Lesley-anne Rose is an independent film maker specialising in stop motion puppet animation, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. As well as having an interest in bizarre and surreal stories, Lesley-anne works with people from diverse and underrepresented communities to tell the stories less commonly told,  teach animation basics and show people how they can be an agent in their own work: work that is theirs rather than based on them. Lesley-anne is currently making a BFI funded short film, has made commissions for Broadcast TV and BBC learning sites as well as working with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, GemArts, the NHS Trust, Newcastle University and other cultural organisations in the UK.   

MOVING PARTS SCRATCH SPACE:

SCRATCH STREAM 2

with performances from Indigo Moon Theatre, Ffion Pritchard, Team Väinämöine, Cia. PlastikOnírica and the premiere of the 2021 Stop Motion Animation Commission by Harriett Bradbury

Friday 6th August 2021, 7pm (BST)

The Moving Parts Scratch Space is an international platform for puppet / visual theatre creators to try out new work to collect feedback from audiences. ‘Scratch’ means that the work showcased can be early on in its development - it doesn’t need to be a fully-realised piece. Think of it like a sketch. It is a space to experiment, to play, to test ideas and a chance to include audiences in the development process.

Scratch Stream 2 will showcase some of the work from participating artists that is aimed at both adults and teenagers.
 

Featuring:

  • 'SeedHeart'
    by Indigo Moon Theatre (of Hull, England)

  • 'Dear Heartbreak'
    by Ffion Pritchard (of Bangor, Wales)

  • 'The Origin of the World'
    by
    Team Väinämöine (of Finland)

  • 'EntrƎ'
    by Cia. PlastikOnírica (of Brazil)

  • Stop Motion Animation Commission by Harriett Bradbury

  

TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE INTO A DIGITAL PUPPET! SIGN UP TODAY TO GET YOUR FREE KIT POSTED OUT!

with Iain McCall

Deadline: Friday 6th August 2021

Moving Parts Digital Puppetry Commission 2021 by Iain McCall.

 

Bring your smartphone to life as a Mobile Mindfulness Coach. Sign-up for a FREE kit to give it arms, legs, ears and a charming personality.

Sit your new friend on your desk or coffee table and hear what they have to say for themself. Brought to you in part by our robotic friends in cyberspace: The Mechanical Guild of Keyboards and Screens.

'TALKS WITH PRACTITIONERS' SERIES

TALK 3: NIK PALMER

Tuesday 10th August 2021, 7pm (BST)

Join Moving Parts Arts for our online 2021 series of 'Talks with Practitioners'. Find out about the work of talented and varied puppetry and visual theatre artists, whilst having the opportunity to ask your burning questions.

 

Nik Palmer has been surrounded by puppets his entire life. Born to Ray and Joan DaSilva, founders of the Norwich Puppet Theatre, Nik was taken on his first international tour at the age of six months. Now, 58 years later Nik is a multi-award winning puppeteer who has performed worldwide.

 

3 years ago Nik decided to explore what CAD and 3D printing technology could bring to puppet design and construction. This has resulted in some highly articulate and unique puppets named Filabods which have been selling worldwide over the last year.   

MOVING PARTS SCRATCH SPACE:

SCRATCH STREAM 3

with performances from Roos Buskes, Pypedau Vagabondi Puppets, Freddie Hayes and the premiere of the 2021 Digital Puppetry Commission by Iain McCall

Friday 13th August 2021, 7pm (BST)

The Moving Parts Scratch Space is an international platform for puppet / visual theatre creators to try out new work to collect feedback from audiences. ‘Scratch’ means that the work showcased can be early on in its development - it doesn’t need to be a fully-realised piece. Think of it like a sketch. It is a space to experiment, to play, to test ideas and a chance to include audiences in the development process.

Scratch Stream 3 will showcase some of the work from participating artists that is aimed at both adults and teenagers.
 

Featuring:

  • 'Potatohead'
    by Freddie Hayes (of York, England)

  • 'Tales I Was Told To Tell'
    by Pypedau Vagabondi Puppets (of Ceinws, Cymru/Wales)

  • 'Is the sound of a woodpecker enough for the illusion of a heartbeat?'
    by Roos Buskes
     (of The Netherlands)

  • Digital Puppetry Commission by Iain McCall

  

'TALKS WITH PRACTITIONERS' SERIES

TALK 4: BRIAN HERRING

Tuesday 17th August 2021, 7pm (BST)

Join Moving Parts Arts for our online 2021 series of 'Talks with Practitioners'. Find out about the work of talented and varied puppetry and visual theatre artists, whilst having the opportunity to ask your burning questions.

 

Brian Herring is a puppeteer/performer who began his career with puppets quite by accident in ‘92 with Spitting Image. Since then his work has included: TV shows Wizadora, The Animal Magic Show, Mopatop’s Shop, Construction Site and The Hoobs for the Jim Henson Company, West End runs, national tours and rep productions of Little Shop of Horrors, the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, The Brit Awards and feature films such as Hellboy 2, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Prometheus.  

 

Brian is perhaps best known as the lead puppeteer for BB-8 in Star Wars VII-IX as well as numerous other puppets and animatronic creations throughout the saga. He is currently working on the new series of Spitting Image. 

TYNE RISING

an outdoor theatre spectacle for all the family
(live in-person event)

Directed by Andrew Kim | Music by Hannabiell Sanders

City Stadium, Newcastle

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August

11am and 3pm each day

The River Tyne has overflowed its banks. Mysterious creatures and unknown forces are unleashed. The people of Tyneside must search their souls and work together to find out how to bring the world back into balance.

Through giant puppets, costumed ensembles, live music and landscape spectacles, this live, one-weekend-only performance will be a memorable outdoor experience for extraordinary times.

This production has been specially commissioned for Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2021. Made possible through funding from Arts Council England and the Community Foundation.

PUPPET SCHOOL - AUTUMN TERM

Courses for Kids, Teens and Adults

In-person at Riverside Community Health Project, Newcastle or join online via Zoom

September - December 2021

FREE pop-up theatre and materials kit with every ticket!

 

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.

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