WORKSHOP: Design- and making skills with Brunskill & Grimes


A practical, two-day workshop for puppet makers, designers, performers and other creatives interested in the entire process of designing, making and refining a puppet for performance. The workshop will be held in English.

Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:00 - 17:00 & Sunday 26th January 2020, 10:00 - 17:00
(NB: One admission is for both days. There is not possible to attend only one of the days.)

Over the two days the participants will:

  • Learn how to apply anatomical research to puppet designs

  • Learn how to use a range of materials

  • Look at how to respond to the specific challenges of responding to a story

  • Learn how to create expressive two- and four-legged creatures

  • Learn techniques for different joints and mechanisms

  • Understand how to give puppets subtle controls and a richness of physicality.

This is a brilliant opportunity to challenge what you know, learn tricks that can improve your practice and come away with a whole toolbox of tips and ideas for your future adventures in puppetry.

Brunskill and Grimes is a collaboration between Andy Brunskill and Jimmy Grimes (@jimmy_grimes_puppetry) creating world class puppetry and practical effects for stage, screen and events. Having met while working as Associate Director and Puppet Director of War Horse in the West End they have gone on to create work for venues including The National Theatre, The Young Vic, the Orange Tree, Longleat Safari Park and the egg at Theatre Royal Bath as well as creating work for international TV advertising campaigns. 

Always striving to push the possibilities of puppetry and the contexts it operates in, Brunskill and Grimes explore work with animal perspectives as the activation point for narrative and frequently collaborate with cross-discipline artists, academics and professionals. Their work is almost always devised: they like strong visuals, epic music and work which everyone can enjoy. The duo regularly run workshops on puppetry, directing, making and designing. They also teach at leading drama schools, theatre companies, universities, youth groups and theatres, as well as workshops for professionals.

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Supported by Norsk Kulturråd 




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Please wear clothes that is suitable for messy work, as you'll be working with some dust and glue.
All materials will be supplied, but participants will be asked to bring some tools for own use.
Admission cannot be refunded.