Do you want to include puppetry in your work, but don't know how to begin? Do your existing puppetry ideas need a bit of a shake-up? Would you like to build a deeper practical understanding of puppetry?

Then this week-long guide to the use of puppetry and its qualities in art is for you!

The week will be collaborative and explorative, the agenda responding daily to the objectives of the participants. Through improvisation with a focus on "liveness" the workshop will explore:

Bunraku Puppetry
Shadow Puppetry
Object Manipulation
Glove Puppetry
Overhead Projector Work


Jess Mabel Jones is a theatre maker, puppeteer and performer. Her puppetry practice is extensive, diverse and often influenced by the companies she has worked with including Blind Summit, Little Angel Theatre and Improbable. Jess’ work spans physical theatre, improvisation, street theatre, cabaret and site-specific community arts. Her puppeteering work has involved OHP, bunraku, shadow, rod, glove, object manipulation and improvisation. Her approach is inquisitive, collaborative and responsive which makes the work she creates playful and unique.



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"I really loved the whole week. I’d done a tiny but of puppetry work before so it was nice to develop that further and also to learn and explore new methods. It was good being able to watch other people do it so much as you learn a lot that way... it was just magical!"

"Jess created such a positive working environment which was open and safe. She was incredibly motivating and helped me not only gain a greater understanding of puppetry but also an understanding of new ways of theatre." 

"I particularly loved the Bunraku puppetry. It was such a positive way of working. Thank you."

"I learnt the fundamentals of puppetry and explored many ideas about puppetry in practice and have already found uses for it in my outside work. I felt so comfortable throughout the week, which for me is hugely important." 

"I loved working as a team and creating a character. I have learnt lots of the basics and have experimented with different ways to move an object or puppet to give it life. It was such a fab experience, I learnt so much I wish it had been longer!"

"My confidence with puppetry has improved immensely and I can't wait to take it into my directing work."

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