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.
The Year Six children at The Grove Primary School in Cambridge became the first group to perform their show this week, with two great performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream! Videos will follow in the next few weeks.
Some of the children in 6LW at Shirley Primary School have been looking forward to their performances in their writing tasks recently:
"In the puppet project, my role is a narrator. Our story is call 'My Sister's Feet' and we made puppets. We are going to perform it to the school and parents. I am narrator 2 along with two of my friends who are narrator 1 and narrator 3. I am glad to be a narrator as I am a confident reader and am doing it with my friends.
When I heard Caitlin [project leader] say my name for narrator, I was so excited as I love to read and get to sit and watch the show. As well as this, I am also kind of nervous since I have to read in front of a large audience. I really hope everyone likes our performance which we spent the whole year on."
And from her friend:
"My role is Narrator 3 and there are three narrators. As a narrator you explain what's happening in the story as it goes along. In this story there is a little girl who is not yet five and no higher than a cricket's knee who gets her feet bound, crushed and broken until they're half the size they should be.
I feel ok about the show because I'm not shy and even if I don't learn all the words, I can disguise my script as a book. But I'm also a but nervous in case I mess up or make a mistake. Let's just hope that everyone does well and that the show is a huge success.
And lastly, from a voice actor from the class:
"My role in the puppet project is to do the voice of Foo-Chin in scenes 1, 2 and 7. I think it is going to be a hard job because I will have to practice my script a lot and I'm going to have to talk a lot in the play once we start it.
I feel nervous because I'm going to be talking and everyone is going to hear me but I'm also very excited because I think it's going to be very fun. I also think it's going to be nice to show the things we have made to our parents. Overall, I think it's going to be fun to do and everybody is going to enjoy watching the puppets."
The YPPT is facing tough times at the moment, with cuts to school and arts budgets hitting hard. If you like what we do, and you'd like to help us work with more disadvantaged children who would otherwise miss out on opportunities to access the arts, please consider donating on our DONATE page.
Our Cambridge projects might be on a break at the moment, but our projects at Bromet and Wolvercote Primaries are going strong! Children at Bromet Primary have been stringing up their puppets this week - some impressive knot-tying!
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!