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.
We are very excited to announce that we have now started our first ever inter-generational projects - two projects run as collaborations between Year Six children at Alban City School in St Albans, and a group of older people from the local community! The children read through the two shows before Christmas, and designed puppets which are now being made by the older people at weekly sessions held at St Albans Abbey. We are very grateful for the support of this project by multiple organisations, including St Albans Abbey, the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, London Luton Airport and the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation. The shows are both based around stories about St Albans and the Abbey, and will be performed in the Abbey in June - more details to follow soon!
Happy New Year from the YPPT! We've been busy over the Christmas holidays putting together props kits and backdrop canvases for our projects starting work on their set designs this term, and also preparing for three new exciting projects starting this month - watch this space for more details!
By the end of the 2017-18 academic year, the YPPT had worked with around 900 children and young people. With this year's crop of puppets being strung at the moment, we are delighted to announce that the thousandth YPPT puppet has now been made! Here is the 1000th puppet and his creator, who is working towards his class' production of Macbeth at Bewick Bridge Primary School in Cambridge.
We've been so busy in all our schools that we keep forgetting to take photos for updates! All of our projects are now well into costume designing and making, with many children sewing from patterns for the first time in their lives. They've had to work hard but have worked together through the difficult bits and the costumes are looking great - we can't wait for the puppets to come together at the end of term!