Workshops For Schools & Groups

We currently have two special add on workshops available for schools who book tickets to come and see ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’. More information HERE.

Puppetry is an exciting way to explore the curriculum in a creative and imaginative way.

Here’s how you can link puppetry to your topic or curriculum

    • Making and using puppets helps pupils to connect with a character and feeds into their writing (English/Writing)
    • Using puppets they have made to explore stories and scenarios is an exciting way to inspire writing and encourages speaking (English/Writing/Speaking)
    • Speaking through a puppet they have made inspires confidence in even the most reluctant speaker (English/Speaking)
    • Puppet making is a craft and children will learn new skills and explore their creativity through the process of designing and making a puppet (Art and Design)
    • Puppet making involves designing and making a purposeful, functional creation and can be evaluated to test it’s functionality and appeal to an audience (Design and Technology)
    • Depending on the type of puppets you make you can also link puppetry with history, topics, science and R.E.

In School Workshops

We can come into your school and run a workshop or you can visit us.

Email education@littleangeltheatre.com for more information, to get a quote or to book our school/group workshops.

Table Top Puppets

Gladiator 009

Description:  These upright people puppets are extremely versatile and we can work with the class to make characters from a specific story or historical period or around a topic of your choice, just ask!
Curriculum links:  English (exploring characters or story), History (making puppets from a certain historical period), Topic (making puppets themed around your topic), R.E (making puppets to tell a religious story), Art and Design, Design and Technology.
Time Needed:  It takes a full day for pupils to make these puppets so we would work with the class for the whole day.
Age:  This puppet is suitable for Year 1 to Year 9.
Cost: £410+VAT per class per day

“The children very much enjoyed the days activities. It was very well thought out and the day went very well with children very pleased with their outcomes.  Our topic is ‘Toys’ and so the children were able to replicate a character they designed the previous day”. Year 1 teacher Selwyn Primary School

Shadow Puppets

shadow 1

Description: Our shadow puppet making workshops allow children to not only to learn a new puppet making skill but also explore some science as they learn about shadow and light as well as creating exciting fantasy worlds and characters.
Curriculum links:  English (exploring settings and story), Topic (making puppets themed around your topic), Science (exploring shadow and light), Art and Design, Design and Technology.
Time Needed:  We can work with one class for a whole day to make puppets and have a go at using them.  For larger schools we also run half day sessions which means we can work with 2 classes in one day or 3 classes over 1 and a half days. (Please note, that for half day sessions there is only enough time to make puppets and minimal time for using them.  Half day sessions may not allow enough time for all of the children to make all of the different types of shadow puppets).
Age:  We recommend these workshops for Year’s 3-6 but will consider year 2 classes.
Cost: £410+VAT per day.  We can work with one class for the whole day or 2 classes for half a day each.  For 3 form entry schools we can offer 1.5 days (half a day per class) for £620+VAT

Dragon Puppets

Description:  Want to know how to train a Dragon?  Design your own fantastical creature and bring it to life through puppetry.  These string puppets can fly through the air and are ideal for any class exploring mythical stories that involve wondrous creatures and magical adventures!
Curriculum links: English (myths and legends, stories that feature dragons), Art and Design, Design and Technology.
Time Needed:  It takes a full day for pupils to make these puppets so we would work with the class for the whole day.
Age:  This puppet is suitable for KS2 Year 3 to Year 6
Cost: £410+VAT per class per day

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Puppet Making

Description: We can work with 2 classes over the course of the day (half a day per class) to help your younger pupils make a puppet linked in with a story or topic you are studying, encouraging them to follow instructions and get creative!  You might even want to book a workshop inspired by one of our shows.  We have a variety of simple puppet designs that can be adapted to best suit the story or topic of your choice including spoon people, hand/glove bag puppets and a variety of rod puppet sea creatures.

Curriculum links:  English (making story characters), Topic (making puppets themed around your topic), Art and Design, Design and Technology.
Time Needed:  We can work with two classes in one day to make puppets, each class gets half a day.  There is also a half day option for one form entry schools.
Age:  We recommend these workshops for Reception – Year 2.
Cost: £410+VAT per day (2 classes). We can work with 2 classes for half a day each. For 1 form entry schools we can work with one class for half a day for £285+VAT.  For 3 form entry schools we can offer 1.5 days (half a day per class) for £620+VAT.

Nursery and Pre-School Puppet Making

Description: We can work in your setting to make a simple puppet linked to a current show or a topic/story of your choice (where suitable). For this age we recommend our team works with small groups in short sessions.
Cost: Prices start from £270+VAT depending on time/size of group.

An Introduction to Puppetry Performance

Description: A crash course in puppetry performing and the art of becoming a puppeteer for total beginners.   We assist your group in discovering essential skills and teaching the techniques needed to bring objects alive with movement and emotion.  Participants are then given the opportunity to practice these skills using puppets from Little Angel Theatre’s teaching collection.  This is an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the art of the puppeteer.  Sessions can be adjusted to suit particular needs/puppetry styles if required.
Time Needed: This training can be delivered either as one full day or condensed versions as a half day or as separate sessions for multiple groups over the course of a day. We recommend that groups are kept as small as possible, but we will work with up to one class (30 people) at a time.
Age: The content of the workshop is suitable for young people and adults from Year 7/8 (age 11) onwards (also suitable for FE/HE and adult groups).
Cost: £380 + VAT for one full day (half day option also available)

Meet the Puppets

Description: Meet some of our puppets, learn about how they work, what they are made from and how we make them. We can deliver this as part of a school assembly, or it can be combined with a tour of the theatre if you are coming to see a show.
Cost: From £85 + VAT.

Meet the Puppets and try out Puppeteering

Description: Meet some of our puppets and learn about how they work, what they are made from and how we make them – then have a go yourselves.
Cost: From £200 +VAT, minimum time required 1.5 hours.  £370 +VAT for a full day working with up to 3 groups.

Bespoke Workshops

Whether you would like to work with us for one day, a whole academic year or anything in-between we can provide a variety of bespoke puppetry workshops and residencies, just ask.

This short film is an example of our work in schools, featuring Thornhill school where we have had a puppeteer in residence since 2008.

Email education@littleangeltheatre.com for more information specific to your requirements and a quote.


Please note that for bookings where rail travel is necessary (beyond tube and London overground reach) or if a school/venue is more than 15 minutes walk from the nearest tube/London overground station and a bus or taxi is required additional travel expenses may be added to the fee.  This will be agreed on booking if necessary.