Puppetry: Up Close & Personal

22 Jan 2022

London International Mime Festival

One-day workshop from Chris Pirie (Green Ginger)

Who is it for?

Enthusiastic professionals or amateurs who want to discover new tools and techniques for breathing life into the inanimate.

Suitable for ages 18+

What will it cover?

Many puppetry practitioners have turned to multi-operator solutions for characters, both human and otherwise. Chris will guide an exploration into approaching this close-quarter work with a focus on performer comfort and breath awareness. Learn skills and acquire tools for effective and fluid manipulation of puppets and objects without taxing or injuring your body. The work will encompass all aspects from design and fabrication through to performance. Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement.

Who is leading the workshop?

Chris Pirie is a puppetry director, designer and performer whose three decades of work with leading European theatre company Green Ginger has taken him all over the world. He has directed and designed for Netflix, Aardman Animations, Lyric Opera Chicago, Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh, Royal & Derngate, Opera di Roma, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and the Norwegian National Opera. Chris co-founded the biennial Bristol Festival of Puppetry and created Toast in the Machine; a mentorship program for emerging UK and US puppeteers.


Saturday 22 January, 2pm – 6pm

Keeping safe

Important notice: Participants of all live workshops will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and produce evidence of both this and a negative lateral flow test on the first day of the workshop when they arrive for registration. Please note course fees are non-refundable if you cannot produce these on the day.

You can read more about keeping safe at Jacksons Lane here.

£50 (£40 concessions)

Part of London International Mime Festival. Click here to see the full programme at Jacksons Lane

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