FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 

Kevin GRIFFITHS:

itskevingriffiths@yahoo.co.uk     Tel. 07751949001

 


THE FOUR DAY SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP

 

 

WAS HELD AT BRENTFORD STUDIOS 

 AND THE FINAL PERFORMANCES AT -

THE PUPPET THEATRE BARGE 

  

DATES & TIMES 

Group 1. Nov 28th, 29th, Dec 5th, 6th

10.00am - 5.00pm 

Group 2. Dec 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

10.00am - 5.00pm 

 

PERFORMANCE DATE: December 11th, early evening. 

PRICE was : £280 (£220 concessions)

  

A four day intensive course led by experienced puppet-maker and puppeteer Kevin Griffiths. Participants learnt how to put together a professional Shadow Puppetry show which was then performed aboard one of London's most unusual and well-established venues the - Puppet Theatre Barge

The participants had an opportunity to develop ideas, adapting stories, creating a narratives and poetry. Then design and make their own puppets and learn how to operate them within the spectacular media of light and shadow. This was a rare opportunity to bring their stories and characters to life, and invite close friends to see the show, in this unique and enchanting environment where puppet theatre has been presented for over 29 years.

 The course was ideal for anyone interested in shadow puppetry and keen to take advantage of the rare opportunity to perform for an audience of friends aboard the enchanting Puppet Theatre Barge.  The skills they  learnt during the four days will hopefully stay with them and assist espeacially those who took part  teachers and educationalists looking for a straightforward yet extremely effective workshop and teaching aid.

If you are a budding puppeteer, animator, visual artist, performer or someone who would like to try something new, fun and creative please get in touch. 

        

1. IDEAS - STORIES - POEMS

2. DESIGN AND MAKE PUPPETS

3. ACT OUT PUPPETS / CHARACTERS

4. REHEARSAL  ...

.... FINAL PERFORMANCE AT THE


PUPPET THEATRE BARGE  

 


 

COURSE STRUCTURE

 

 

Session 1      INTRODUCTION

This session began with a showpiece performance demonstrating how shadow puppets can be used in imaginative ways.

Participants  were taken through the design stages typically used by professionals, from concept right through to the completed puppet show. They were then shown a whole range of different types of puppets, including string marionette and samples of actual TV puppets accompanied with film clips. 

A concept brainstorming session then followed and, working in groups and indvidually, participants were encouraged to develop their ideas further some included  were short stories, adaptations and poems (


Session 2
 DESIGNING AND MAKING SHADOW PUPPETS
    

Following a demonstration on how to make a shadow puppet character, each participant  then went about to design their own character and make their puppet figures in preparation for the final show.

All materials were inclusive.

   


 Session 3

 ACTING OUT PUPPETS / SETS AND DIALOGUE

   

Seeing your puppets come to life!

Taking the ideas that were been developed, and with a series of exercises, they were shown  how to operate and manipulate their puppet characters. Emphasis was on strong key poses, anticipation, eye focus and  timing to create mood and other important aspects of movement.

Sets, background scenery and props were made in preparation for the final session. extra work was done on  improving the scripts, voice characterization and dialogue then voices (where required) were recorded for playback. 

 


Session 4 REHEARSAL 
  

This last session was focusing on end production and all participants had the opportunity to run through their shows. In order to view the rehearsals a recording was made with DV camera in order to assess and give constructive feedback with playback.


PERFORMANCE
 11th December 

Held at the Puppet Theatre Barge, December 11th early evening. 7pm - 11pm

Dress-rehearsal, last minute preparations and calming of the nerves before the opening screenings of puppet shows to invited guests and friends.


 After the show there was celebratory drinks and nibbles.


 

 For information contact Kevin Griffiths

Call - 07751949001 

Or email : itskevingriffiths@yahoo.co.uk

www.puppetician.com


 

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LOCATION AND TRANSPORT 

Workshops took place at Brentford Gallery, on Johnsons Island, TW8.

Evening Performance took place on the Puppet Theatre Barge at Little Venice, London.

DOWNLOAD INFO ABOUT HOW TO GET TO THE WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE VENUES

BY OVERGROUND TRAIN: 

LINK TO TRAINS TIMETABLE FROM WATERLOO TO BRENTFORD

Please Note: On Sundays Trains from London Waterloo to Brentford run once an hour, at ten minutes to the hour. There are no planed engineering works but please double check when you travel.  

 

BY TUBE: 

LINK TO LONDON TRANSPORT TUBE INFORMATION

The nearest tube station is Gunnersbury, on the District Line. You then take the 267 bus (5 mins) from stop A, just outside the tube station. You need to get off at Brentford High Street, just past the Beehive pub. You'll see it's beehive sign. 

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Unfortunately there is limited disabled access to Brentford Gallery and the Puppet Barge, please contact Kevin if you would like to discuss access. 



Kevin Griffiths

Director / Animator / Puppet Maker and Puppeteer

After graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1985, Kevin Griffiths began his career in animation working on a variety of pop promo's and commercials. Then having worked at Filmfair as a puppet maker, he made his directorial debut with Ealing Animation for Jane Hissey's 'Old Bear Stories', and won a BAFTA award for directing this children's TV series. 

 Kevin continued working at Ealing Animation for several years directing a number of projects including the pilot for 'Bob the Builder' and working as an Animator and puppet maker.

Kevin trained to be a puppeteer and spent five years working on both live shows and children's TV programmes, not only as a puppeteer, but also as a puppet maker. He worked at the Puppet Barge where he trained in Marionette and Shadow puppetry. 

Kevin also runs animation workshops and is regularly invited by colleges to do lectures and workshops in this particular field. At present, he is developing his own film and TV projects

 

 Kathryn Mason: Workshop Administrator 

Kathryn is an artist (with a studio at Johnsons island), arts administrator, curator and project coordinator.

 

Links:

Puppet Theatre Barge 

Puppeteers UK 

British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild

Norwich Puppet Theatre