Puppetry workshops by Maria Schejbal, Grodzki Theatre Poland


Join us for a very special event as we welcome the amazing Maria Schejbal of Grodzki Theatre, Poland for 4 days of puppetry workshops at the acta Centre, 10-13 September 2018. Learn about Maria’s engaging and supportive gentle approach to incorporating puppetry into productions and community outreach activities.

Prices – £150 for the full course (4 days)
or £80 for 2 days (either Monday & Tuesday, or Wednesday and Thursday)
Limited spaces available.

They are unexpectedly easy to make (simple ones) and they let us discover our own creativity, imagination and sensitivity. Simple objects and materials brought to life on stage, can represent any real or imaginary personage/creature and any feeling, emotion or phenomenon. Becoming alive and specific, they are in the same time metaphorical. This is why puppets are so useful in raising and discussing important issues (personal and social) on stage. They are also very good for involving in theatre work those who are shy or self-contained. One can always hide behind a puppet, yet being able to express true feelings and emotions. Last but not least, puppetry art is a perfect tool in improving team work and mutual communication.”Maria Schejbal.

Maria… I absolutely loved the workshop and the manner in which you led it, encouraging us all the way. It gives instant pleasure and takes the pressure off the participant. It has a spontaneity about it and brings a great deal of satisfaction as you see the results of your labour. I think it`s very interesting that in the end we all felt so connected to our own puppets, we’d built a relationship with our crushed and twisted brown paper and string! We had created characters from such elemental materials that ended up being so important to us.
Neil Packham. Director at Citizens Theatre. Glasgow, Scotland

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Brief overview of the 4 days.

1st DAY
Materials waiting for our intervention – warm-up exercises
Puppet making adventure – individual creation
Animation skills – learning how to bring a puppet to life in small groups
Reflection/processing – what have we achieved so far?

2nd DAY
Chairs and tables – warm-up exercises
Our puppet heroes in action – working on simple theatrical pieces
Presentations and feedback – sharing effects of the two-day workshop activities and discussing different aspects of the process

3rd DAY
Chairs-characters – warm-up game
The world of stories – exploring different ways of inventing and structuring the plot
The world of objects – creating scenography
Making choices – rehearsing

4th DAY
Our puppet shows – putting things together
Meeting the audience!
Reflection/processing – what have we achieved?