The Wolves in the Walls: A Weekend Workout

A two-day workshop for adults with Toby Olié

About the Course

This two-day intensive workshop led by director/designer Toby Olié gives participants the chance to explore the creative and rehearsal processes of adapting Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s graphic novel The Wolves in the Walls for puppetry.

Participants will work with the production’s original prototype puppets to discover the techniques and styles of puppetry used in the show. As a group they will learn how to create and maintain emotion, thought and physicality within a single character.

This workshop is aimed at theatre makers and performers with some existing puppetry experience.

Price includes a ticket to The Wolves in the Walls on Friday 17 April at 7pm with a post-show Q&A.

About the Tutor
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: 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 and Hansel & Gretel (National Theatre); Don Quixote (RSC/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 and 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) and Goodnight Mister Tom (West End/UK tour).

Work as a puppeteer includes the 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 (RSC), The Homeless Polar Bear (Greenpeace campaign film), Mongrels (BBC Three) and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre).


Dates and times: Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 April

Fri: Show visit at 7pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm

Cost: £145/£119 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.

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