Outreach, Education and Participative Arts

Outreach , Education and Participative Arts

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Sock Puppet Making

Past clients have included: The Ark Cultural centre for Children, Rutland Street Preschool, Whitefriar Street Community Centre, Boyle Arts Festival, Imagine Festival Waterford, Draíocht, Blanchardstown.
Usually the children meet a puppet who encourages them to dream up, and make their own puppet using a sock base. The children name their puppet, and, time allowing, do some basic performance work with it.

Duration: One and a half hours (the puppeteer needs access to the space one hour before, and a half hour after, the workshop)
Recommended Age groups: 4 – 6 year olds (with experienced leaders who know the children or their parents), or 7 – 9 yr olds, or 10 – 12 year olds.
Numbers: 10 (unless it’s for a group accompanied by an experienced leader in which case we can cater for 15. Alternatively we can cater for 20 children if you take two puppeteers)

Sock Puppet Performance

Past Clients have included: Rathmines Library; Sandford Park School (exploring the theme of bullying)
Ideally this workshop follows the making one where the children have a chance to play with and develop simple stories with their own puppets in groups. For more in depth work the workshop can run over a series of days.
Alternatively it is possible for a group to do performance work with our stock mix and match puppets.

Shadow Puppet making and performance

(as above but with different technical requirements.)
Past Clients have included: West Cork Arts festival; Dublin City Council’s Children’s Arts In Libraries; The Ark Cultural Centre For Children

Table-top Puppet Workshop

Past Clients have included: Clonmel Junction Festival;Dublin City Council Arts Office Adults workshop
Good for group work and collaboration, the children learn some basic puppet-making and puppetry performance skills. The puppets are made from re-cycled materials and this is done over a minimum of two workshops of one and a half hours or two hours (depending on age group) duration. A programme of workshops can allow these puppets to be developed through papier maché and to create a show.

Recommended Age groups: 9-11,12-14 , 14-16
Numbers: 10 (unless it’s for an older group accompanied by an experienced leader in which case we can cater for 15.)

Parade Puppets

Past Clients have included: St Patrick’s Festival; City Arts Squad; Dublin City Council for the Canal Communities Partnership; Ballymun Otherworld festival
From hand-held rod ‘flying’ birds interacting with musicians, to floating puppets and back-pack ‘Giants’ we have designed and facilitated parade puppet workshops for children, teenagers, families, and adults. From ‘one-offs’ to longer term work over a series of weeks allowing for idea generation, making, devising, performance etc.

Puppetry Demonstration

Past Clients have included: Holy Child Community School; Art Teacher’s Association
A Puppeteer demonstrates the use and making of various puppets in the context of her own work. It can be accompanied by images and DVDs. The participants can ask questions, and, if appropriate (depending on numbers, context etc), can have an opportunity to do some basic performance work or respond in various ways.

Recommended Age groups: This can be adapted to suit various age groups including adult or family audiences.
Numbers: The content of the demonstration can be adapted to suit the numbers, but for performance elements it is best if the numbers don’t exceed 15.


Please see workshops for children above which can be adapted for adults or taught to adults who work with children

Past Clients have included: Dublin Vocational educational Committee, Seán O’Casey Community centre; Mayo and Dublin City Arts Squads, National College Of Art And Design (Hdip, Education and Community and Education departments), The Art Teacher’s Association (Secondary school Art Teachers), Marino Institute of Education (trainee primary school teachers), Marino College CDVEC (Drama and childcare students), St Andrew’s resource Centre, etc

Tea with Mary Mary

Mary Mary is a lively character famous from Púca Puppet’s 2001 sell out show Mary Mary’s Last Dance. Although technically Mary Mary died at the close of that show she has proved irrepressible since making many appearances at workshops and events and is now petitioning for a sequel. Set in a tea party or informal performance context she invites participants to respond with their desires, wishes and fears for an ‘after life’. Mary Mary has also facilitated work about bereavement.

Workshops other than those listed above are available, including Foam carving, rod or glove puppet making, Introduction to Puppetry, and Puppetry and Education. Workshops can be custom-designed, and more in-depth versions than those listed are also possible. Please contact us with your specific needs.

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