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with Kathleen Yore of Odd Doll Puppetry

Saturday 26th June - Saturday 24th July 2021

Develop your own unique style of sculpting a puppet head in clay, then create a one or two part plaster mould, before casting into latex or worbla. Explore operating methods for a movable mouth through lip sync or rod mechanisms then build in your extras; hair, teeth, eyes, horns etc. Finally, get inspired by different painting and finishing techniques.

Observe live, detailed demonstrations, then complete each stage at home, in your own time between classes. You can also join our online community group for communicating progress or asking questions. At the end of the course we will have a sharing so that we can enjoy your wonderful creations.


(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. 


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.

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