Animating Artwork: Transforming Illustrations into Articulated Puppets (Online)

With Toby Olié

Monday 3 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm (sold out)
Tuesday 4 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

About the course

For his online retellings of What Does an Anteater Eat? and There’s a Bear on My Chair, Toby Olié transformed the illustrations of author Ross Collins into a cast of playful puppets. In this two-hour remote workshop participants will learn the processes used by Toby in the creation of his films, and convert an illustration of their choice into their own puppet.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Download our Zoom Policy here.

About the tutors

This course will be led by puppet maker and director, Toby Olié.

Toby is a director, designer and puppeteer. He is also co-artistic director of Gyre & Gimble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry.  

Work as director includes: The Wolves in the Walls (Little Angel Theatre & Bristol Old Vic), Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Hartlepool Monkey (Gyre & Gimble, UK tour), The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End) and associate puppetry director of War Horse (West End).  

Work as puppetry designer/director includes: Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Light Princess, My Brilliant Friend and Hansel & Gretel (National Theatre), Don Quixote (Royal Shakespeare Company & West End), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House & West End), Disney’s new staging of The Little Mermaid (in Holland, Moscow & Tokyo), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic & West End), Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK tour), A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Secret Garden (Sarasota Ballet) and Goodnight Mister Tom (West End & UK tour).  

Work as a puppeteer includes: Hind of Joey in the original production of War Horse (National Theatre) before moving to Joey’s head for the subsequent West End transfer, Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company), National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (BBC One), The Homeless Polar Bear (Greenpeace campaign film), Mongrels (BBC Three), Hospitalworks (Theatre-Rites) and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre). 

Dates and times: Monday 3 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm (sold out) or Tuesday 4 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Cost: £22

Location: Online, via Zoom. Download our Zoom Policy here.

A selection of illustrations will be provided or we’ll provide guidance on how to select a suitable one yourself.


Or call the Box Office on 020 7226 1787 (Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm).

One place will be offered for free as a bursary. Please CLICK HERE for more information about how to apply.

Please note we cannot reserve places on courses or classes, so book early to avoid disappointment.