How to Create Action: Puppet Theatre Tutorial Week 4

In week four of our puppet theatre tutorials, watch how to create the action on stage, guided by theatre designer and artist Connie.

#Reimagine 2020: Family Creatives is brought to you by Artcore and Wrongsemble.

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You will need:

1) Some plain paper or card

2) Your puppet theatre box from video 1

3) Scissors

4) Colouring pens or pencils

5) A pen or pencil for drawing lines

6) String

7) Tape

IDEA ONE - How to Create a Backdrop

Step 1 - Draw round your puppet theatre on the card. This will ensure the backdrop is exactly the right size.

Step 2 - Cut it out. Draw your backdrop on the card - this will how the audience where the action is taking place.

Step 3 - Colour it in and repeat as many times as you like for different places!

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IDEA TWO - Pop-Ups and Drop-Ins

Attach string to set pieces you create so they can pop-up from behind objects.

Do this by taping the string on the side you won’t see.

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IDEA THREE – Use Layers

Create backdrops, pop-ups and drop-ins which add layers to your action - these different reveals can help the action move from place to place!

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Tune in for the final video How To Film Your Creation and find out how to share your creations with us.

Song - When It's Over by Lucy James

You could create a response to this fantastic song by our Plus One ambassador Lucy to make the action for your puppet theatre.

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Sending Us Your Filmed Creation

When you have watched all five tutorial videos and created each part of your puppet theatre you can send us your filmed creations in two ways:

- Send one continuous film 

OR

-Send a series of shorter filmed creations we can edit together. 

To submit your films use the email address: learning@derbytheatre.co.uk

TOP TIP: If your file is very big we recommend uploading to YouTube and sending us the link or use the free wetransfer.com to send the video file.

We will download your filmed creations and edit them together into a music video.

We look forward to seeing your filmed creations!

You can also share your pictures of puppet theatre making with us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter with #Reimagine2020.