Puppetry Intensive Weekend Course with Tessa Bide

Sat Oct 07 2023 at 09:30 am to Sun Oct 08 2023 at 04:30 pm

Bristol Grammar School | Bristol

Tessa Bide Productions
Publisher/HostTessa Bide Productions
Puppetry Intensive Weekend Course with Tessa Bide
An intensive weekend workshop to learn the art of bringing objects to life, with expert puppeteer and puppetry director Tessa Bide.
About this Event

An introduction to puppetry for all those who are curious in learning this ancient artform - including performers, educators, therapists, parents and grandparents.

Day one will cover the basics of object manipulation, bunraku puppetry and lip syncing. Day two will go further with those skills, including devising with puppets, making simple puppets and large scale puppetry with expert Isabel Lyster from Paper Jungle.

Tessa has been puppeteering for 13 years and has worked all over the world. She has worked and trained with various companies inc. The Little Angel, Blind Summit (Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012) and Mervyn Millar - Puppetry Director of War Horse.

Isabel Lyster is a performance maker, puppetry specialist and visual artist. She has a degree in Puppetry from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and works in collaboration with theatre companies and a network of individual practitioners combining performance, puppetry and education. She is often commissioned as a puppet maker in response to briefs, and at the stage of design and conception and has her own puppetry company, Paper Jungle.


The workshop can tend to be quite physical, but we try hard to accommodate all access needs. We can provide a quiet break-out space for taking rests and can tailor exercises to be performed sitting down. The space is accessible via wheelchair and has a disabled toilet. Deaf participants are welcome, the course is highly visual and Tessa has a basic level of BSL, but can't guarentee instructions will always be properly interpreted. All participants are welcome regardless of age, race, disability, gender, sexual preference or religion. We work hard to create a safe and fun space for everyone.


For specific questions or to request a concession-rate place, please email [email protected]


Refunds can be given if cancelling a place up to 7 days before the course. After that, you ay transfer your place to someone else but no refunds will be given.


We have a small number of 20% off places for the full weekend which will be given on a case by case basis. Please email [email protected] if you feel you need one of these places.

Previous testimonials include:

"Lots of fun and I learned loads! Definitely gained lots of skills that I will now use in the work that I do."

"Covered so much - a really good insight into the world of puppetry. Was really useful particularly in sharing knowledge and skills related to puppetry auditions."

"This intensive puppetry course was a brilliant experience for performers, makers and anyone in-between. Tessa, Hester and Bella created a really welcoming and inspiring atmosphere to really step into the art and craft of puppetry. Personally as someone who doesn't not see themselves as I performer, I found myself myself more willing to explore this side of puppetry than expected, both in a group and solo-setting. A great bundle of information, experience and memories all in one go, simply brilliant two days."

"The course introduced participants to the fundamentals of puppetry and laid the foundations for someone like me who intends to explore puppetry and object manipulation in the future through live performance."

"It was varied BUT focused. It enabled exploration of the different types of puppets and allowed trial and error. It was definitely varied enough for a one day course and covered everything I hoped."

"It was so varied that there was not a moment where I was not learning new things, non stop entertainment and education."

"It was very well structured and feedback was constantly delivered"

100% of attendees would recommend it to a friend

100% of attendees would be interested in attending future courses.

For more photos and testionials, please visit https://tessabide.com/workshops/

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol, United Kingdom


GBP 90.00 to GBP 160.00

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