Weekly puppet workshops until July 12

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
A scene from Transformations. The video from Merlin Puppet Theatre shows how to make a vampire puppet from recycled materials. It is one of the uploads from the online Beverley Puppet Festival

A series of puppetry workshops are being made available by the Beverley Puppet Festival, which is being held online this year amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The Beverley Puppet Festival is a festival of puppet shows, events and workshops, funded by Arts Council England, which takes place every two years.

However, in light of the school closures, the festival is this year providing free online puppetry events for families and teachers.

Puppeteers are creating video activities on the theme “Back to Nature”, using simple materials easily sourced from everyday items.

A scene from shadow puppet production The Blue Tit by Black Cat Theatre – one of the videos already uploaded by the online Beverley Puppet Festival

Three free workshops will be released per week via the festival website and social media channels until July 12. All ages are welcome and pupils’ creations can be shared on the website too.

Activity videos uploaded so far include transforming recycled materials into puppets, sock puppet theatre, shadow puppets, glove puppets, playing with food and others.


A scene from shadow puppet production The Blue Tit by Black Cat Theatre – one of the videos already uploaded by the online Beverley Puppet Festival


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