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E1: WINGED CREATURES -

6-DAY PUPPET MAKING COURSE

Judith Hope

ALPHABETTI THEATRE

Monday 8th - Saturday 13th April 2019

10am - 5pm daily

Ages 18+ / adults

£360

From dragons to bumble bees, exotic birds to flying dinosaurs, or a being from your wildest imaginings, join this masterclass to design and make your own winged creature puppet, with flapping wings and a moving head. On this course you will learn to translate your 2D drawings into 3D, carve styrofoam, model fine features, and shape in plastazote, as well as to make a simple flying mechanism for your puppet. By the end of the course you should have a finished puppet to take away. Puppets made on the master class will be smaller than the one pictured but will use the same materials and techniques. Judith Hope is a London based puppet maker who creates puppets for theatre, commercials and festivals, some of which can be seen performing at the festival (see here for "The Keeper's Nests"). 

E2: OBJECT, UNIVERSE & LIFE IN PERFORMANCE

Merlin Puppet Theatre

SPACE SIX

Monday 8th - Tuesday 9th April 2019

10am - 5pm daily

Ages 18+ / adults

£120

An approach to all three basic elements that contribute to making a complete visual universe - Object, Universe and Life. OBJECT - puppet, mask, shadows; UNIVERSE - scenography, light and sound; LIFE - how these elements become animate. An exploratory laboratory, which examines through analysis, practice and experimentations, how a harmonious puppetry performance is created. Through improvisations and research on stage individually and in groups, participants will work on how to develop and realise an idea, all the way from scratch to the final desirable result. See here for Merlin Puppet Theatre's show at the festival, "Noone's Land". 

E7: MARIONETTES - DEAD OR ALIVE

Stephen Mottram's Animata

SPACE SIX

Wednesday 10th - Thursday 11th April 2019

10am - 5pm daily

Ages 18+ / adults

£120

During this workshop about the manipulation of string puppets, participants will learn how to give uncanny realism to a marionette as it moves on stage by understanding exactly which little details of movement make the audience think the puppet they are watching is alive. The workshop draws attention to the importance of knowing what and more importantly, how audiences see. As well as being a way to learn about performing with string puppets, it is a good opportunity for puppeteers of all types and other movement artists to re-examine some of the simple things they take for granted in performance. See here for Stephen Mottram's show "The Seed Carriers". 

E15: SHADOW WORLDS IN PERFORMANCE

Indigo Moon Theatre

SPACE SIX

Friday 12th April 2019

10am - 5pm 

Ages 18+ / adults

£60

Participants explore techniques of light and shadow to discover how a simple everyday object can transform into a scene from a science-fiction film, or how their own bodies might transform into a lumbering giant with a new head. Experimenting with the use of different and multiple light sources, corridors of light, assorted colours and a 4 metre deep projection area with a huge screen, the potential of shadow theatre unfolds an exciting world that can inspire many new creative projects while also illustrating basic principles of shadow and light in a fun, visual and very memorable way. Using all of these techniques, participants will create a small piece of shadow theatre at the end of the day. See here for Indigo Moon Theatre's show "Mermarella". 

E19: DIRECTING THE PUPPET

Siân Kidd of Mirth & Misery

SPACE SIX

Saturday 13th April 2019

10am - 5pm 

Ages 18+ / adults

£60

This practical one-day course will provide clear and useful advice on how to go about the directorial process with puppets. Ideal for those intrigued about the potential of using puppetry in their work and for practitioners with existing experience looking to unlock their potential further. This course will explore different forms of puppetry and their versatility, constructive approaches for introducing puppets to the creative process and tips and techniques for helping others to bring a puppet to life. 

E20: BEGINNER'S CRASH COURSE IN PUPPET MAKING & PERFORMANCE 

Strangeface

SPACE SIX

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April 2019

10am - 5pm 

Ages 18+ / adults

£80

Designed for complete beginners to the art form, this two-day workshop teaches participants how to make and manipulate a puppet of their own. Led by Strangeface Artistic Director Russell Dean and using wonder material Worbla, participants will design and sculpt a figure on the first day. By the second day everyone will be able to find out more about the process of bringing the characters to life by exploring team movement, breath and centres of energy. 

© 2018 Moving Parts Arts Ltd. (company number: 11035259) 

ILLUSTRATIONS: Rachael Horner     

WEBSITE DESIGN: Kerrin Tatman

POST: Moving Parts Arts, 5a Westgate Hill Terrace, Newcastle, NE4 6AS

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