Found Objects and Animating Environments with Live Music (Online)

With Laura Cubitt

Tuesdays, 27 April – 18 May, 7 – 8.30pm

About the course

This four week course offers the chance to explore found objects as a journey into exploring a variety of styles of puppetry and techniques for making visual theatre. Laura will guide you through a free form approach to puppetry manipulation, engaging with objects, swift paper ‘makes’ and using music as a key instigator. You will work in broad strokes to explore ideas, animate worlds and look at bringing various beings to life. In addition to Laura, participants in this course will have the opportunity to work with a live musician in one of the sessions. This course is perfect for any level of experience and is an opportunity to indulge in the joy of bringing the inanimate to life.  

We will provide you with a short materials list on signing up of things you will need and objects to bring along. These will all be easily sourced and mostly found around the house.  

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

About the tutor

This course will be led by performer and puppeteer, Laura Cubitt.

Laura is a performer/puppeteer, puppetry director and movement director, and has been making theatre with some of the UK’s leading artists over the last 15 years both in the UK and internationally. Passionate about championing visual storytelling, Laura has been grateful to work at some of the world’s leading venues as a performer/puppeteer including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, Bristol Old Vic, Sadler’s Wells, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre. 

After a grounding in physical and visual theatre working for many years with Fevered Sleep and Theatre Rites as a performer, Laura took over from the original Joey team as a puppeteer to take the National Theatre’s production of War Horse into the West End. Laura went on to be associate movement director on War Horse and gradually made the move from performing to directing. Puppet directing for the RSC, the Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic, the NT; and working on the movement on productions at the NT, Sheffield Crucible and the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony. As an educator Laura has led courses for Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the NT, RSC, Battersea Arts Centre, The Young Vic, Sadler’s Wells and the Lyric Hammersmith.  

Most recently Laura was Puppetry Director on the musical The Boy in the Dress at the RSC and is directing the large scale puppet extravaganza Dragons and Mythical Beasts which will run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer.  

Dates and times: Tuesdays, 27 April – 18 May, 7 – 8.30pm

Cost: £115

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


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.

Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC