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Northern School of Puppetry



July 22nd - August 10th

Monday to Saturday / 6 days per week / 18 days  

Adults / 18+

Bramley / Leeds

Immersive, playful and supportive


The summer school is a 3 week long creative bubble where you can explore puppetry in all it's forms. You will learn to make, manipulate, design, perform and produce. You will collaborate, specialise, devise and direct. You can plan and dream - in equal measures! 


Weeks one and two are about discovery. There will be sessions in head sculpting, limb joint making, neck mechanisms, puppetry performance techniques, clown, mask, object theatre, shadow puppetry, puppet costume and much more. Even if you’ve used puppetry before this will be a chance to delve deeper into your art form within a supportive group.


Week three’s task will be to create your own puppet performance and present it as part of a puppet cabaret for friends and family on the final day. 


The emphasis is on creativity and over the three weeks you will make a variety of puppets... which will be yours to take home! 


18 days tuition and experimentation will be led by puppet maestro (or puppet mangler depending on your point of view) Mr Marc Parrett - Artistic Director of theOBJECTproject and a professional puppetry director/designer with 30+ years experience in the business.


Sewing and costume making sessions will be lead by Nicole Colbert - long serving costume maker for Leeds Playhouse.


The course is currently limited to 6 students and this year it will take place at theOBJECTproject studio in Bramley, West Leeds. It’s not the most ‘romantic’ of locations and accessibility could be tricky as the unit is on the 3rd floor and there's only stairs and a cargo lift. Talk to us if you think there could be issues and we'll do whatever we can to help. On the plus side the studio is packed with puppets, machines and tools to provide inspiration and practical support.


The cost of the 3 weeks will be £830 which also covers materials and three 'curry nights'. A detailed description of the summer school structure will follow shortly. Follow us on instagram for announcements about this and other courses.

If you are interested just fill in the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

2024 NSP Summer School

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