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Two-week puppetry training intensive

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

About the Course

Special Guest Artist: Cariad Astles, United Kingdom

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is offering a limited number of places for a unique two-week, puppetry training intensive.

This training intensive will be led by international guest artist Cariad Astles, exclusively visiting Spare Parts from the UK for this course, along with the company’s Associate Director Michael Barlow and performer/ director Rebecca Bradley.

This is a rare and exclusive opportunity to learn from experienced and passionate puppetry artists in this highly specialised art form.

For more information and to apply, please contact Rebecca on (08) 9335 5044 or email 

Course Outline:

Days 1-2, with Rebecca Bradley
The clown, the object and rhythm.

Clown and Puppetry are a beautiful marriage as both art forms spring from the fertile ground of imaginative play. Participants will be guided through a creative process of building presence, focus, and character, cultivating flight of the imagination, and exploring the intimacy of relationships to audience, objects, and fellow performers. Rebecca’s teaching will draw on her extensive background in performance, clowning, puppetry, and music. An exciting addition to this program is an introduction to TaKeTiNa, an embodied practice that uses rhythm as the vehicle for exploring presence and your relationship to object, time and space.

Days 3-5, with Michael Barlow
Puppet manipulation bootcamp.

Spare Parts artistic leader Michael Barlow will introduce the main forms of puppetry and the principles of animation used in performance. Rigorous skills training will be matched with ample opportunities for experimentation and in-studio performance making. Performer/Puppet relationship, vocal work for puppetry, visual dramaturgy and the contemporary context of the art form will be investigated.


Week Two, with Cariad Astles
Imaginative Transactions: Performing and Directing the inanimate.

This week will focus on one of the most exciting realms of contemporary puppetry, Object Theatre, with work encompassing skills training, performance making and directing. The week will firstly examine the power and potential of objects in performance, whether used in their original form as objects, or as anthropmorphic puppets drawn from objects; and will move on to an elaboration of object puppetry in collaboration with selected poems. The synergy between poetry and puppetry is particularly fertile as both are symbolic and stylised forms. Participants will work collaboratively on the creation of short puppetry and poetry pieces which will be shared at the end of the week’s work.

How to Apply:

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from artists wanting to participate in the intensive. To express your interest in participating please send:

  • a current CV (max 3 pages)
  • a cover letter (max one page) outlining key reasons for wanting to participant in the program

Applicants must be able to commit to attending the full intensive (details below).

Date: 31 July – 11 August 2017
Times: 10.00am–5.00pm, Mon–Fri
Venue: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St Fremantle, Western Australia

Applications are now open, closing at midnight on Sunday 28 May 2017.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI in early June 2017.

For more information and to submit applications, please contact:

Rebecca Nelson

Producer | 08 9335 5044

For more information, click here



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