Shadow puppet workshops
Our shadow puppet workshops are all about creating exciting
shadow puppet performances.
Library Reading Challenges
The summer Library Reading Challenge workshop we devise each year encourages a love of books by bringing excerpts from children’s favourite stories into dramatic reality as short shadow puppet scenes.(See Options/Libraries)
Book Weeks and Art Weeks
We regularly use our book based shadow puppet workshop in schools where shadow puppets work especially well for the Light & Dark theme. Excerpts from stories can be transformed into short shadow puppet performances. Longer stories can be divided into scenes for a class or group of participants to make, rehearse and perform, either in sections to each other or as a complete story to school assembly or a group of parents or friends.
Investigate and recreate significant events from world history, bringing historical scenes to life through making and performing shadow puppets.
This all day workshop is successfully used as part of the introduction to Teaching Degree courses, where students can get to know each other by working collaboratively, and to mark the end of PGCE courses with a celebratory activity. Our shadow workshop can be combined with our carnival workshop for groups of Drama students involved in preparing theatrical productions.
Our shadow puppet workshop is used extensively to inspire and refresh pre-school, primary and secondary teachers, play-group leaders, social workers and child-minders, at conferences and in service training (INSET), by teaching transferable skills that can be used creatively in a multitude of different educational and caring situations.
Festivals and Celebrations
This all day workshop allows participants to make various shadow puppets from an agreed story throughout the morning as well as being free to go off and explore other activities. Later in the day participants return at a pre-arranged time to rehearse the show, in time for a final shadow puppet performance to other festival goers.
We often lead a shadow puppet workshop in the morning and perform one of our puppet shows in the afternoon.
Where a creative activity is preferred, our two hour shadow puppet workshop provides an excitingly different focus for a celebration.
“The children felt a great sense of achievement”
“The shadow puppet workshop is an exciting
way to help children create something visual and very individual from
their reading experiences.”
“I was impressed by your professionalism and
thought you managed the session and interacted with the chidren brilliantly.”