Object Puppetry

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Think outside the box.

This workshop is an exciting look into the more surprising and quirky aspects of puppetry and abstract performance. Based on the techniques for imaginative play developed by Dead Puppet Society, this workshop expands the notions of puppetry beyond simple built objects and encourages students to think outside the box and explore the limits of theatrical storytelling.

Using found objects, their bodies, and simple materials, students are guided through the elements of puppet poetics, including movement quality, shape, and apophenia, as they create impossible and yet deeply engaging characters that exploit the unique potential offered by puppets in live performance. In this workshop the boundaries between the performer and puppet begin to fade as physical reality gives way to the imagination.

Students will:

  • Be introduced to Object & Abstract Puppetry as a form
    Create multiple characters using household objects

  • Learn the core principles of Puppetry (Focus, Breath and Gravity)

  • Develop puppet manipulation and transformation skills

  • Build games and scenes for these characters to live in

Classroom Connections: Visual Theatre, Contemporary Performance, Puppetry and Children’s Theatre, Devising and Ensemble Performance

Duration: 90 to 120 minutes or full day session
Years 4 - 12
$500 + GST* (90 - 120 minutes)
$900 + GST* (full day session)
All materials included

*A travel fee will apply when the location of the workshop is located outside of the Brisbane City Council area, or when the location is more than 20km from our HQ at Woolloongabba, Brisbane. The travel fee will be outlined upon quotation.

Workshop content includes:

  • Imaginative play with household objects

  • Creation of multiple characters and their vocalisations

  • Introduction of puppet manipulation skills

  • Devising small scale visual theatre performances

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