DNA Puppetry in Education Highlights
Imaginary Leaps Interactive
Theatre Play –
- Early Years Service Provision for children’s centres, Oldham
- Nottingham Playhouse
- Accrington Special School
- Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston,
Imaginary Leaps Professional
Creative Development Training including –
- Runnymede South Confederation
- Cheshire Rural Touring
- Toihaus Theatre, Saltzburg & Villach, Austria
- Surestart EY & Childcare services, Lancashire
- Early Years Conference, Winsford
Imaginary Leaps at
the Art Gallery of Western Australia - pilot programme of activities
to engage families with young children.
Puppet making workshops and Greek Mask Making workshops, North West
Rainforest Installation Project and Shadow Play at Bentley School,
Perth, Western Australia
Young People - ‘Hoodies’ Teenage Puppets –
The Ashton Group, Barrow Youth Theatre
Made Hoodie puppets and shadow play performances workshops for new
Early years - Imaginary
Leaps at Morecambe Childrens Centre
Ball Pond Bobby at the TATE Liverpool engagement of families with
young children with interactive theatre play sessions.
Junior - Terry Jones Fairy Tales shows and workshops toured to Cheshire
and Lancashire Libraries
Fairy Tale Shadow play workshops at the Harris Museum, Preston.
Mrs French Perfume Bottle Collection at the Harris Museum, Preston.
Hoodies Teenage Puppets –
Portrait of a Nation – ‘Made in Manchester’ project
‘Animal Farm’ Lancaster Grand youth theatre
Tate Liverpool –‘The Fifth Floor’ shadow play
performances with Everyman Youth theatre
Early years -
Imaginary Leaps project
presentation and workshop, Early arts (Isaacs Uk)
Little Treasures early years workshop at the Harris Museum, Preston.
Whitworth Art Gallery storytelling & play
Hounds Hill Parade workshops, Blackpool
GRUMPY – Layton Primary School and family day at Surestart
Tate Liverpool – Family puppetry workshops
The Collectors schools workshop at the Harris Museum, Preston.
|East 15 Acting School - teaching community
theatre students devising techniques for early years performance
using objects and toys.
Up! National festival of puppetry and visual theatre
- coordinating and delivering large-scale processional puppet
making in primary and secondary schools and community groups
|Eureka Museum for Children, Halifax - early
years creative play workshops
National Student Drama Festival, Scarborough
- puppetry skills workshops leading to short devised pieces for
Central School of Speech and Drama, London
- introduction to puppetry in devising and performance
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
- 'The Collectors' puppet tours for reception and KS1 students with
activities on art and collecting
Whitfield Primary School, Preston
- 1 week residency with year 3 pupils making and using greek masks
to perform greek myths
Life Education Centres national conference
- 'Making the most of Harold' puppetry skills workshop
Salford - working with Chatsworth High School on light and shadow,
live projection and digital recording with ASDL teenagers on self-awareness
Salford - working with Crab Lane Primary on achieving literacy objectives
through creative play.
Eureka! Museum for
Children - Training play enablers in puppetry technique.
Octagon Theatre Bolton
- training young performers on puppetry technique.
- open access professional development sessions.
STARS Blackpool -
working with special needs groups in the Summer.
London Borough of
Richmond - Audience development workshops connected with touring
performances in Richmond – 2 days.
Jersey Arts Centre
- Audience development workshops connected with touring performances
2004 Life Education
- puppetry training for visiting school health workers.
|Connexions - DNA worked with
teenagers in Oxfordshire combining various puppetry & video
techniques in a project aimed at looking at life and career
Genie In a Bottle
-A 20 day youth project In conjunction with Manchester Museum, Lets
go Global & Contact theatre. Exploring our attitudes towards genetic
engineering. This project resulted in a performance devised and
performed by young people streamed live onto the internet and staged
at the Green Room, Manchester
Arts in The Parks-
Workshops in local parks in Preston with students from 3 special
Tutoring puppetry at Bethnal Green Museum of Chiildhood
The Lyric Hammersmith
- workshops with the very young in Hammersmith, West London connected
to touring performance 'Atishoo'
Henshaw Society for
the blind - devising new performances
with partially sighted and fully sighted children using puppets
that make noise.
Phoenix Youth Arts
Bolton - creating a large processional dragon with young people
2003 Barnardos Parenting
Adolescents’ (10 days)– a project working with mothers
dealing with teenage children, creating a performance about parenting
Unity Theatre Shadow
and rod technique with young people in Liverpool
Horse and Bamboo
Theatre (2 days) – ‘The Animated Other’ professional
development two day workshops
The Lyric Theatre,
Hammersmith Three days assisting with research and development of
‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’
The Dukes Playhouse
Lancaster – Specialist puppetry direction on ‘Grimms
The Octagon Theatre,
Bolton Assistance with puppetry training and devising on ‘The
BFG’ for three days
Ounsdale High School
Birmingham Mask making for two days with teenagers
Courtyard Youth Theatre
Bicester Workshops for outdoor event.
Bethnal Green Museum
of Childhood. Play workers training in puppetry technique
2002 Artist , Teacher
& Librarian Training in easy Puppetry Techniques for the 'Young
Cultural Creators' Literacy Programme at the Tate Britain, London.
Training workshop 'Traditional Techniques to Contemporary Practice'
at Horse & Bamboo, Rossendale.
Week at Claremont Junior School, for Blackpool Child Protection
Committee, 'Safe' - using puppetry to explore personal safety issues
for the Discover Childrens Centre, London - Storybuilders using
puppetry for story telling.
SRE:production - sex
& relationship education through puppetry workshops, Ed. Pack
& show for youth centres & secondary schools (Year 9), DNA
Teacher Training &
workshops for Puppet Up! 2002 Blackpool Festival of Puppetry and
Early Years Workshops
with 'Chicken Licken' shows at the National Theatre, London.
week at Bispham High School Arts College (Year 7) making Carnival
Costumes for the Commonwealth Games Parade, Manchester.
Week at Kingsland High School, Wigan - Refugee Families Puppetry
Weeks for Camden Council, London - Read On, Summer Festival Of Learning
- Shadow puppetry play and performance.
2001 Life Education
- training for visiting school health workers
Puppet Centre - DNA raised funding
from Wandsworth Borough Council and co-ordinated 6 Sat afternoon
SRE project - 12 weeks of youth
theatre production sessions plus teacher & school nurse training.
Puppet Up! 2001 - For the festival,
Rachel Riggs co-ordinated 25 schools, youth and community schools
with 10 puppeteers/artists.
Theatre Centre - One week residency
at Carden School, Brighton, for production 'Violet & The Angel'
Bispham Arts College - week's
residency with year 7 -Circus Puppet Parade
Barbican Festival - consultant
to weekend of puppetry activities linked to Julie Taymour's 'The
Warwick Arts Centre - development
of workshop to compliment the touring production 'Sweetie Pie'
Portsmouth University - lecture
demonstration for post-grad drama students
Worden High School, Leyland - lecture
demonstration for secondary schools
Kingsland High School, Wigan -
'Journeys' two day residency with asylum seekers and local young
Cumberland High School, London
- lecture demonstration for secondary schools
TATE education - Two days of Training
for Teachers & Librarians
2000 Artist in Residence
for the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith working with local schools with
Shadow theatre inspired by the xmas production of ''Pinocchio''.
Artist at the Tate Modern using
puppetry to bring art alive for children, work inspired by the Louise
Forum 28, Barrow - artist in residence
at Springboard an activity program run by Ashton Group contemporary
Puppetry Workshops for Life Education Drugs Education Centre.
Artist at the Tate Britain, London,
on 'Constructing Identities' & 'Visual Paths to Literacy'.
Spec Needs Puppetry Workshop Leader
for The Little Angel Theatre
Co-ordinator and facilitator of
professional development workshops in puppetry for the Edinburgh
Puppet and Animation Festival, British Festival Of Visual Theatre,
and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Puppets & Poems -Two week residency
at St Mary's and St Michael's RC school, London,
working with nursery and reception classes on puppetry and visual
1997 Artistic Director
- Puppet Up!97& 99 Blackpool Festival of Puppetry.
Education Programme co-ordinator - Puppet Up!97& 99
1996 Workshop leader
for 'Sticking With the Rainforest' Kazzum Arts Project to create
rainforest pilot project for school residencies. Drayton Park school.
1995 Project leader
for the Puppet Centre's 'Shadow Me'- special needs puppetry performance
project linking schools.