Bare-Hand Puppetry Workshop

We asked ourselves, could boredom be a good thing? In the quiet moments lay infinite creative possibilities and a fresh view of what is possible in everyday life.

‘What will I Do Next? ‘ Bare-Hand Puppetry Workshop is a new online performance and workshop. Using little more than your own hands and familiar objects, this new puppetry workshop puts creativity within reach of every child. “By turning the idea of boredom as something to be avoided on its head, the workshop inspires a fresh view of everyday life and unlimited self-expression”, said Michael. This online workshop was created by puppetry artists Jessica Harlond-Kenny and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Associate Director Michael Barlow, as a creative response to the 2020 experience of spending a lot of time in our own homes and social distancing.

 

Form and Style:

The online workshop combines a 20-minute performance film followed by a 60-minute hands-on, interactive workshop facilitated by a professional puppeteer designed to stimulate creative play, for children aged 6 and above. The film component can be screened in theatre, foyer, hall, meeting room or workshop space. The workshop component can be delivered by either through live video conference or in-person tutor/facilitator and is available for groups of up to 25 children in each session. Workshops require minimal equipment other than internet access and a device with a webcam.

 

Community and Audience Engagement:

Workshops participant are engaged in activity exploring Bare Hand Puppetry techniques and interact with each other and the performer/tutor.

 

Available Marketing:

We asked ourselves, could boredom be a good thing? In the quiet moments lay infinite creative possibilities and a fresh view of what is possible in everyday life.

 

About the people involved:

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is Australia’s flagship puppetry company dedicated to the development and creation of the art form. With over 40 years of experience , Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has created created over 80 new Australian works and delivered thousands of workshops to school aged children both in Perth, regional WA and nationally. ‘What Do I Do Next?’ was created by puppetry artists Jessica Harlond-Kenny and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Associate Director Michael Barlow.

Reviews

Quotes from parents and teachers during our trial/test workshops.

  • “JT loved the walking finger that kicked stuff out of the way” Cecy
  • “Mischa loved it! He especially loved the bit about the hands going outside.” Ariel Bastian.
  • ” The kids were so inspired, they continue to improvise and play the next day”. Port Community School
  • “We love to see more imaginative play experiences like this for our kids.” Shenton Park Primary School
  • “Our daughter created characters with her fingers all through dinner!” Home schooling parent

 

Artforms

Children / Family, Multidisciplinary, Participatory / Interactive

Audience

Children age 6 - 12 years

Duration

Performance Film 20 minutes - Workshop - 60 minutes.

Bump In

30mins

Bump Out

15mins

Costs

- Weekly Fee: TBC
- No remount
- Royalties: 2.5%
*Above fees do not include touring costs

Company Contacts

Contact Name
Phone
Email

Company Website

https://www.sppt.asn.au



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Technical

Venue Format

Flexible

Touring Party

TBC

Considerations

Staging and Set Description: screen for showing of film component

Audio to be provided by the venue: Film – FOH speakers Workshop – internet access and web cam