nick barnes puppets

designing and making puppets for contemporary theatre



Autumn Courses 2020

We are offering two courses this autumn. Led by Nick, they will take place at our puppet making workshop in Hove. We look forward to welcoming you and in order to ensure a safe working environment places will be limited to 8 participants for each course.

More details and booking information can be found by clicking below.

Puppet Head Patterning and Construction in Plastazote

2nd-6th November 2020

Learn to pattern an animal head sculpt and to enlarge and assemble it in Plastazote.

Plastazote is a great material for puppet-making: lightweight and versatile, it can be patterned, carved, vac formed, heated, glued, textured, painted or covered to create all manner of puppets for indoors or outdoors, from the very small to the gigantic!

This five-day course is intended to offer an insight into a professional puppet making technique which has many applications. It offers participants an opportunity to develop invaluable processes and skills for making beautiful and useable contemporary puppets and to learn some of the key principles of puppet design.

Throughout the week we will also discuss and compare other puppet making materials and consider some techniques for constructing puppet bodies and different types of joints, whilst at all stages considering the challenges relevant to constructing puppets for theatre.

OnePerson Puppet Design

13th-15th November 2020

Learn the principals of designing a one person operated puppet.

This three-day course is a wonderful opportunity to create a one person operated rabbit puppet, inspired by one of the puppets we created for Dr. Dolittle. The course covers a range of puppet making techniques using a variety of materials, including plastazote assembly from a given pattern, basic plastazote sculpting and simple armature construction in wood and aluminium. It offers participants an opportunity to develop invaluable processes and skills for making beautiful and useable contemporary puppets and to learn some of the key principles of puppet design.