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Story Lab Summer Reading Challenge 2012

Jason and the Argonauts shadow puppets

To reflect this year’s Olympic theme, Armchair Puppet Theatre’s “Story Lab” Reading Challenge shadow puppet workshop is based on the Greek myth of Jason and his athletic Argonauts’ search for the Golden Fleece. For the 2011 “Circus Stars” Reading Challenge we visited libraries in Poole with our Fun Fair shadow puppet performance, enabling participants to make their very own circus acts in shadow during the school summer holidays. See Options/Libraries


Willow pattern plate shadow pupets

Over the last year Armchair Puppet Theatre has continued to deliver a wide range of different shadow puppet workshops and two glove puppet performances to schools and colleges across the south of England.

Rama and Sita

Indonesian Mask Print

In 2011 and 2012 we have led shadow puppet and printmaking workshops at Wells Cathedral School to produce a combined live gamelan and shadow puppet performance of “Rama and Sita” plus an exhibition of prints.

Great Fire of London

An historical re-enactment in shadow puppets at Clifton Road Primary School, Southall was the story from 1666 about the Great Fire of London. 

Indoor Festivals

Plymouth Respect Festival, 27th + 28th Oct 2012

Jaguarshadow puppet

Last year our workshop participants made all the shadow puppets and then performed the South American creation myth of “How Night Came”. On our stall festival goers can make a puppet from the character list of a particular story. Then after experiencing all the other delights of the festival, participants are invited back to rehearse and perform the shadow puppet show later in the afternoon. See Options/Cultural Diversity

One World Week, 21st - 28th October 2012
World Book Day - Thursday 1st March 2012

These are both popular times in schools for our shadow puppet workshops, so please book early to avoid disappointment. This year's One World Week theme is "Sharing Destiny - Moving Towards One World". See Options/Cultural Diversity

BP Saturdays: Animate Tate!  24 July 2010

As part of London 2012 Open Weekend, an annual UK-wide celebration counting down to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we developed a new workshop in which participants were enabled to animate aspects of three Abstract Expressionist paintings that inspired them from Room 21 in Tate Britain. Once their puppets were completed, each group animated their chosen painting for the other participants to watch on our purpose built screen.

Family Learning Festival 15th - 30th October 2011

Space Hoppers at Okehampton Library

Over the past few years Family Learning have provided valuable funding for some of our workshops in West Sussex, Wiltshire and Devon Libraries. These enjoyable workshops have enabled children and adults to work together making and performing shadow puppets from a wide range of story books.

Surrey Libraries’ Book Festival and Reading’s Crime Writers’ Festival

We led a shadow puppet workshop in the morning and performed an afternoon puppet show of Burglar Bill at both these festivals.

Tall Stories Exhibition at Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Complimenting the automata, kinetic and 3D sculpture in this exhibition, our Burglar Bill puppet show enthralled and surprised an audience largely made up of adults. See Puppet Shows/Burglar Bill

A New Workshop Format for Open Days

We continue to devise new workshop formats to meet the needs of our clients - leading a five hour on-going drop in shadow puppet workshop, which had hourly interludes of a variety of our shadow puppet performances, for both the Portsmouth Submarine Museum’s 2009 Hallowe’en celebration and Gosport’s Lost Hour Festival on 27th March 2010. See Workshops/Shadow Puppets

Art Games website

Art Arena Game

Following the launch of our Art Arena games website in 2004 there are now many large vibrant Art Arena game paintings on display in schools, museums and businesses such as Shebbear and Spreyton Primary Schools in Devon, Central Foundation Boys and Bow Boys Comprehensive Schools in London, the new EDF Energy building in Exeter, Croydon Museum and NESTA's HQ in London.
See the Energy image on the Art Arena games website.















"This is to say a very big thank you for all your hard work last week in our school. We all thoroughly enjoyed the week and the pupils certainly learnt a lot."
Tina Dobrowolski.....on behalf of everyone at Waltham Holy Cross Juniors in Essex





I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your participation in this year's Respect Festival."
Kathy Louis, Plymouth Racial Equality Council


"It was well worth it as the children had a whale of a time. It was brilliant."
Lyn Hayward, Cockington Primary School, Torquay, Devon





"We thoroughly enjoyed the Reading Mission workshop at Rossmore."
Julie Musselwhite, Children's Services Librarian, Poole, Dorset

















"Many thanks for providing these 4 excellent and much appreciated Family Learning workshops."
Mike Maguire
Devon Library Service Development Manager

"This was a very inspiring and fun event for Family Learning Week 2006!"
Béatrice Coveney, Assistant-in-Charge, Crediton Library, Devon

"'These tutors were excellent. Loads of puppet ideas. Very useful session and extremely motivating. Excellent course leaders. Fantastic.'
- Feedback from the Primary Literacy Conference delegates, who really enjoyed your session."
Susan Westwood, Library Services Manager for Education, Gloucestershire

"Art Arena games stimulate the dialogue that goes on in the minds of artists, so that the end game maps a composite diagram of the group mind."
Times Educational Supplement
















"Having experienced today's shadow puppet workshop collaboration, these children will remember the Battle of Torrington unlike any others."
Head Teacher, Great Torrington Junior School, North Devon