Puppetry Foundation Course

Designed for absolute beginners, it is open to all those who have always wanted to have a go at puppetry but never had the opportunity to do so.  Explore a variety of different puppet forms and learn the basics of puppet manipulation and making over 10 weeks.  

“I loved the basics and learning about Focus and Independence. It was the principles of puppetry I hadn’t considered before so found the workshop fascinating… I learnt so much”
Introduction to Puppetry Performance participant 2016

Further course details can be read HERE.

Course fee includes a show visit to Zeraffa Giraffa on 7th October at 4.30pm


About the tutors

Oliver Smart – Puppeteer/Creative Collaborator

Oliver is a specialist in the design, fabrication and performance of puppets for stage and screen.

He has worked with Disney, The National Theatre, Nickelodeon, ITV, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Theatre Royal Bath, Flying Cloud, LAMA Creative, Finger in the Pie, Turtle Key Arts, Irresistible Films, Blind Summit, Puppetlab, Snuff Puppets, Sixth Sense and Travelling Light.

Oliver is a specialist in advanced puppetry education, he is a lead facilitator for Little Angel Theatre Creative Learning Department and has designed and tutored education programmes at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College of Performing Arts and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Oliver is the lead facilitator on this course. http://www.oliversmart.net

Ronnie Le Drew – Puppeteer/Director

Ronnie Le Drew is one of the UK’s most respected puppeteers, and recipient of the prestigious Harlequin Award, the Oscar of the puppetry world. He has operated many of the most iconic children’s puppets of the twentieth century – Zippy, Sweep, Muffin the Mule, Bill and Ben, Brains from Thunderbirds – as well as working on classic puppet films such as Labyrinth, Little Shop of Horrors and The Muppet Christmas Carol. He continues to work regularly as a puppeteer in TV, theatre and advertising and also teaches at the London School of Puppetry, which he founded in 1987, and Little Angel Theatre. Ronnie is the guest tutor on this course.


Dates and times: Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Autumn Term: 12 Sep – 21 Nov
Spring Term:
9 Jan – 21 March

Cost: £195 per person per term/£135 conc.

BOOK ONLINE or call our box office on 020 7226 1787


Concession bookings

Concession bookings must be made in person at the theatre, our Box Office is open 7 days a week from 10.00am – 5.00pm.  Please bring the relevant documentation with you. Call ahead to check availability of places on the course you want to book (0207 2261787).

Please note we cannot reserve places on courses or classes, so book early to avoid disappointment. Follow this link for further information regarding concession eligibility.  Concessions declaration form


“Oliver was really quite extraordinarily good as a teacher and facilitator – he was attentive to each individual and, remembering the interests we expressed on our first day, integrated them into the teaching making sure we saw the link throughout.” Participant, spring 2015

For a detailed Foundation Course description and information regarding experience and what to expect, please download the  Puppetry Course OutlineAll participants who attend at least 80% of the course (a minimum of 8 out of the 10 sessions) will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.