Hand Shadow Masterclass

With Drew Colby

About the Course
This masterclass explores the ancient art form of shadowgraphy – making moving pictures with your shadow. In the course participants will learn practical physical warm-ups, general hand positions for making a range of shadow animals, lighting for shadowgraphy and explore the contexts in which hand shadows can be used effectively. This unique course involves the simultaneous use of a series of skills, including hand-eye coordination, muscle memory and the ability to visualise shape and form. Many of the skills taught are transferrable to other forms of puppetry, including lip-syncing, quality of movement and the use of the body.

About the Tutor
Drew Colby has played and worked with puppets since the age of five years old, becoming more interested in ephemeral forms of puppetry as his career developed, until he began specialising in the ancient art of hand shadows in 2010. Mainly self-taught, his work has toured to theatres and venues on five continents, and has been seen on television in programmes such as Not Going Out (BBC), 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown (C4) and Trust (BBC). His shows have won awards including the 2018 Phoenix Arts Club cabaret award on the West End in London and the audience choice award for Best Show at the 2019 Newcastle Puppetry Festival. Drew has led masterclasses in the UK, Italy and Turkey.


Dates and times: Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 April, 10am – 5pm

Cost: £125/£99 concessions

Location: Studios – we have two venues, this course takes place at our Studios, a short walk from the theatre. Click for more information.

BOOK ONLINE or call our box office on 020 7226 1787


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

Follow this link to see if you are eligible for a concession rate: Concessions declaration form