Puppetry Foundation Course

Summer term:
Monday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm OR
Tuesday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm

About the 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. This course particularly focusses on object theatre, glove puppets, shadow puppetry, table-top puppets and three-person puppets. It includes an opportunity for a simple make you can take home with you.  

This term includes a show visit to Pinocchio on Saturday 16 May at 2.30pm.

“The course was inspiring and engaging. I feel I have learnt a huge amount about the art of puppetry and have improved my own puppetry skills. Thanks to Oliver for being such a patient teacher”.
Puppetry Foundation participant 2019

About the Tutor
Oliver Hymans is an award-winning puppetry artist and director. He has worked internationally across four continents, directing puppetry in theatre, opera, film and music video and his puppet creations have appeared at London’s Tate Modern, Little Angel Theatre, Arcola Theatre, The National Gallery, Camden Roundhouse and The Institute of Contemporary Arts. Most recently he was a puppeteer in the new Hot Chip music video ‘Spell’, had Sir Ian McKellen voice his puppet in the short film ‘How a Kite Flies’ and directed Little Angel Theatre’s acclaimed production Emily Rising (“dazzling technical flourishes” – The Guardian) which went on a national tour in autumn 2019.


Cost: £200 per person per term/£140 concessions

Summer Term

Monday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm, 4 May – 13 July (with a half term break on Monday 25 May)

Book for Monday evenings

Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30pm, 5 May – 14 July (with a half term break on Tuesday 26 May)

Book for Tuesday evenings

Please note the same course is repeated each term.


Concession bookings

Concession bookings must be made in person at the theatre. Call ahead to check availability of places on the course you want to book (020 7226 1787).

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

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


For a detailed Foundation Course description and information regarding experience and what to expect, please download the  Puppetry Foundation Course Outline

All participants who attend at least 80% of the course will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.