Welcome to the Young People's Puppet Theatre. We offer puppetry and puppetmaking projects for schools, teaching a range of artistic and dramatic skills, but also focussing on building teamwork and self-confidence within the group.
This half term our Cambridge schools have been focussing on set design. They've painted backdrops (more on those soon!) and designed and built all the props that they will need for the shows, with some impressive results!
In their last puppet session this term, our project leader at The Grove asked a few of the children to write a press release about their project so far, and take some photos to go along with their report. Here are the results (all text and photos by members of Y6)
This year in Year Six at The Grove Primary School, we've been doing the Tudor period story called A Midsummer Night's Dream. It's a story of a couple and the girl's dad forbids the two of them to be together so they run away to the forest where there are fairies.
In the first few weeks we made the heads, which are made out of air dry clay, then the hands were made from a clay that has to be put in an oven. When we did the clothes I pricked my finger by accident at least 5 times. When we get to the production I really hope my puppet is chosen.
With the first half term over, all of our classes have finished their heads, hands and feet and are moving on to costumes and bodies. Here's a short video about their work last half term, and remember - you can always get fresh updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
All four of our September-start projects are now under way and we're delighted to say that more may well be joining them over the next few months - watch this space for details! In the meantime, you can catch up with Shirley Primary's progress on their excellent blog, which includes photos of their first goes at set design. More photos to follow.
We are delighted to announce that we are starting four puppet projects this month: two at Shirley Community Primary in Cambridge, one at The Grove Primary in Cambridge and one at Wolvercote Primary in Oxford. We're hoping to take on more projects throughout the year, as well as offering holiday courses - stay tuned for more details soon!
300-odd puppets, 46 backdrops and 31 performances of 11 productions involving around 300 children later, the YPPT is finished for the 2016-17 academic year! Congratulations to all who took part in our projects, we think you all produced fantastic shows! Best of luck to all our Year Six pupils going on to secondary school in the autumn in particular.