Creating Theatre & Interactive Experiences for Early Years (Online)

With Joy Haynes

Mondays and Thursdays, 7 – 8.30pm
22 February – 18 March

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

About the Course

This course explores approaches to creating performative and playful experiences for very young children and families. Drawing from her own experience and national and international models of creative practice, Early Years theatre maker Joy Haynes will guide participants through different approaches to performance, installation and interactions in varying spaces that follow and learn from the unique perspectives of young children. Participants will be stimulated through practical exercises to develop ideas around materials-based work incorporating multidisciplinary approaches of puppetry, movement, light, sound and digital. There will be opportunities to share and receive feedback for development.

This course is ideal for experienced puppeteers or puppetry companies who want to work with early years audiences, and professional early years arts practitioners who want to extend their knowledge.

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

About the Tutor

Joy Haynes has 30 years’ experience working as a designer and theatre maker, director and performer. She is a passionate advocate for the development and recognition of puppetry as a distinct and vibrant artform in the UK. She is committed to building Early Years (EY) arts into the mainstream and increasing respect for the competency of young children as participants and collaborators. 

In 2015 Joy collaborated with Royal Opera House and Polka Theatre to direct the innovative multi-disciplinary performance Dot Squiggle and Rest and Three Colours created in partnership with Norwich Puppet Theatre and Polka Theatre in 2014 successfully toured China twice over 2016/17. In 2016 she was invited by Little Angel Theatre to adapt and direct Tim Hopgood’s illustrated book WOW! Said the Owl for EY audiences and in 2018 the sequel WOW! It’s Night-time. She is currently a director for Magic AcornsCIC, an EY arts development organisation in the East of England.  

This course is for adults, age 18+.


Dates and times: Mondays and Thursdays 7 – 8.30pm
22 February – 18 March

Cost: £175

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

CLICK HERE to book online, or call Box Office on 020 7226 1787 (Mon-Fri, 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.