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Adult Workshop Series: Rod Puppet Making with Leon Hendroff

13 September – 1 November 2015
Sundays 2pm – 5pm

This eight week course focuses on making a rod controlled puppet and explores soft construction techniques. Designer and puppet maker Leon Hendroff will guide participants through design to construction of their own working Rod Puppets. No previous experience necessary. For bookings and more information please call the theatre on 9335 5044 or email

This course focuses on making a fully functional rod puppet (puppet controlled by rods), and runs for three hours, one day a week over eight consecutive weeks.

Over the duration of the course you will be lead through the process from design to construction using soft construction techniques, working individually each week to complete different tasks towards building a working rod puppet.

The aim is for each participant to complete one working rod puppet by the end of the course, however this relies on participants attending each week. Participants may take their puppets home to work on between sessions.

No previous experience is necessary, though an understanding of basic puppetry performance techniques is invaluable knowledge for a puppet maker. There will be some opportunity for learning manipulation of the finished rod puppets, however this is predominantly a making workshop.

All required basic tools and materials will be provided during sessions. Participants are welcome to bring their own specific materials should they wish to use any. There will also be a short break during each session and participants are welcome to bring their own light refreshments if they wish, as these will not be provided.

13 September – 1 November 2015
Sundays 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $650 for the series of 8 × 3-hour workshops
Positions are strictly limited, bookings available online or by calling 9335 5044. Full payment required at time of booking.

Adult Workshop Series: Bunraku / Table top puppets with Chloe Flockart

Over a series of 3 one-hour workshops, participants will create a fully formed table-top bunraku puppet with movable elbow, knee, shoulder, and hip joints, and shown some ability to think critically (design and characterisation) through their choices of shape and form.

This workshop series will explore different construction techniques, using readily available materials, to create puppets with characterised form and expressive movement led by Chloe Flockart, a multidisciplinary artist and company associate of Spare Parts.

Class One: The Basic Shape

1st November 2015
Explore the way in which different shapes read in a space. Create basic prototypes of puppet forms to help understand the needs of the puppet.

Class Two: Creating Character

15th November 2015
Learn how to connect limbs to a basic body shape, and how very simple modifications to the body shape can create different characters.

Class Three: Manipulation

22nd November 2015
Learn basic puppet manipulation and see if there is anything modifications needed to get a stronger performance out of the puppets.

Cost: $210 for all three 1 hour workshops
Positions are strictly limited, bookings available online or by calling 9335 5044.

In Conversation

Artist talk – Date TBC

After each performance we offer the audience an opportunity to ask the cast and crew questions to help them maximise their experience and comprehend the story and the development process. This year, we have begun introducing Artist Talks for the grown ups to have a similar opportunity.

Watch this space to find out who will be involved in the Fox artist talk during our Sept/Oct season.

The perfect opportunity to satisfy your curiosity and gain insight into the world of puppetry.

2015 FirstHand: Emergent Puppetry Training Program

Now in its fourth year, FirstHand aims to support emergent artists to develop their skills within the art form of puppetry. It immerses the participants in all aspects of the creation and performance of puppetry including a two-week intensive skills training period, support through a creative development process, business skills and training, and presentation opportunities.

The 2015 intake of artists sees Humphrey Bower, Yvan Karlsson and Sam Longley join an impressive alumni of FirstHand artists.

Recent graduates include Chloe Flockart, nominated in the 2015 Performing Arts Awards for Best Actress for Farm, St John Cowcher currently touring internationally with The Adventure’s of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, and Bec Bradley, also nominated in the 2015 PAWA Awards for her role in Farm.


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