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16 – 21: Creating Characters – Puppet-Making Course

A photograph of young people manipulating a puppet

16 – 21: Creating Characters – Puppet-Making Course

Course dates:

Tuesday 13 November, 5–8pm
Tuesday 20 November, 5–8pm
Tuesday 27 November, 5–8pm
Tuesday 4 December, 5–8pm

Duffield Studio, National Theatre
£40 (Bursaries are available)

This course is available to 16–21-year-olds

Price includes a ticket to see War Horse on Wednesday 14 November at 7.30pm.

Over the last ten years, puppetry has become an increasingly important means of storytelling on stage; from His Dark Materials and War Horse to Angels in America and Pinocchio

Join puppetry director and designer Toby Olié and puppet-maker and puppeteer Daisy Beattie for this intensive puppet-making course. 

In just four weeks, you will design and make your own puppet using a range of materials, then experiment with different techniques to customise its appearance and create its character.

To apply, please complete this form by Sunday 4 November. This is your chance to tell us about your interest in puppetry and theatre. The more you tell us – while keeping within the word count – the more we will understand about you and why you want to take part.


We would never want the cost of a course or project to prevent anyone from taking part. A limited number of full and part-funded bursary places are available. If you would like to apply for one, please indicate this on the form when you apply.