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Shadow Puppetry

A form of non-verbal theatre that uses shadows to convey stories, emotion, and whimsy

In this workshop, the children will learn about the Eastern origins of shadow puppetry, work as a group to create puppets and performance to be shared at the end of the session. They will learn about the different materials and techniques used to create this unique art form.  They will also develop imaginative ways of applying form to content, exploring the use of light and dark and the creation of shadows.

Specific themes of the workshop can be tailored to suit any curriculum level, text or project. Available Workshop for art lesson, after school club and festivals.

The session starts with a short shadow puppet show, followed by:

  • Design and creation of the puppets. I provide templates of simple puppets, depending on the age and ability of participants.


  • Exploration of simple manipulation techniques and experimentation with the expressive possibilities of light and shadow.


  • Personal and group improvisation with the puppets created.



Materials: Black cardboard, masking tape, scissors, split pins, and sticks. 

Age: 5+

Maximum 12 children per session 

Running time: 60 – 90 minutes.

Technical requirements:

Black Out reduced light via curtains or black cardboard


To book the Workshop click here
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