Puppet Construction

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Prototyping custom creatures.

Our Puppetry Construction workshops take Puppetry manipulation skills to the next level by allowing students to design, craft and build their very own tabletop sized puppet. Using simple brown paper techniques, students will follow our Dead Puppet Society process of design prototyping, resulting in the construction of a one of a kind creature, ready to be included in a scene or show they happen to be working on.

Students will:

  • Learn about the biomechanics of movement and grow
    their understanding of manipulation and functionality

  • Explore design and form

  • Build a tabletop puppet

  • Create costume and external design features

Students will be introduced to the hierarchy of manipulation and have the opportunity to bring their character to life using the Dead Puppet Society principles of puppetry.

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

Photo by Katy Green Loughrey taken during a Dead Puppet Society and Erth workshop with Sydney Opera House. Puppet prototype by Gabrielle Paananen

Duration: 90 to 180 minutes or full day session
Suitability: Secondary Year Levels 7 - 12
Cost: $500 + GST* (90 - 120 minutes), $900 + GST (full day session)
All workshop 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:

• Character design with a consideration of form and symbol in visual design

• Construct articulated puppet skeletons

• Form an understanding of different joint and hinge styles

• Experiment with simple puppet mechanisms

• Explore puppet manipulation skills


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