A puppetry workshop, to be held next Saturday at the Osborne Hotel, South Street, Valletta, will use simple objects to explore the basic ‘building blocks’ of puppetry. Participants will explore a variety of puppetry techniques, including multiple person-operated Tabletop puppets, Western and Chinese-style hand puppets, Rod puppets and Shadows.
Those attending will also get to grips with some of the fundamental principles of object theatre, the relationship of the puppeteer to the object and the notion of animation and transfer of energy.
The tutor, Melvyn Rawlinson, has been working as a puppeteer, puppet-maker, director, workshop leader and mask performer since 1985.
He has toured nationally and internationally with companies such as Cannon Hill and Norwich Puppet Theatre and with his own company Professor Pop-Up’s Puppet Theatre.
In addition to performing, Rawlinson has devised and delivered well over 6,000 workshops in puppet and mask-making and performance for young people and adults.
This workshop costs €50 and will be held over two full days, with a three-course lunch and coffee/tea in the morning.
Bookings are limited to 20 places.