Shadow Theatre for One (Online)

Summer term (online):

Afternoons, 3.30-5.30pm
OR Evenings, 6.30 – 8.30pm (SOLD OUT)
Mon 24 August to Mon 28 September (six weeks)

Max 16 places per session

About the Course

Design and create your own miniature, magical theatre experience for one viewer at a time.

The shadow box theatres transport viewers into a tiny, illuminated wonderland, a handmade cinematic experience, unique and memorable to all who experience them.

On this course you will make a portable shadow theatre, housed inside a box, complete with a small viewing hole for one audience member per show. Judith will guide you through the processes and techniques needed to create the shadow theatre and a cast of shadow puppets and backdrops, using different methods and materials to create beautiful, atmospheric, small-scale theatre.

Perfect for busking and street theatre, festivals, education and healthcare settings or your own front room.

There is no need for the shadow shows to be performed in darkened venues. The shows can be performed anywhere, even in bright daylight.

Please note that the focus will be on simple and accessible shadow puppetry. We will not be exploring the more technical or scientific aspects of shadow puppetry.

The course will involve live demonstrations and tuition time as well as time for you to make your theatre and puppets in the class, with lots of opportunities to ask Judith questions and to interact with other participants.

Judith has provided a list of materials you will need for the course, with the focus largely on simple materials you can source easily or find around the home. You can view the materials list here.

The course will be delivered online, via Zoom. You can download our Zoom Policy here.

This course is for adults, age 18+.

About the Tutor

Judith Hope is a London based puppet designer and maker. She creates a diverse range of puppets for theatre, commercials and events as well as teaching puppet making workshops across the UK and internationally.

Inspired by the strange and the wonderful, much of Judith’s work is designed to interact with audiences in outdoor settings, as she aims to draw viewers into a world of magic and make believe.

Her most recent workshops on Zoom have attracted followers from across the globe.

“Thank you for an excellent course and for being so generous with your tips and techniques. The course structure, shape and delivery were superb. Your delivery is informative, clear and precise! It was lush to immerse myself in it and get the ideas bubbling away” – Zoom Suitcase Theatre participant


Cost: £100 per person

We are offering five free places for BAME designers. Find out more here.

Book Online

Or call the Box Office on 020 7226 1787 (Monday – Friday 10am – 1pm).