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WORKSHOPS

Very much at the forefront of experimental contemporary puppetry Gavin Glover has developed a number of workshops to share and further explore what he has learnt over the years.

Gavin has recently delivered workshops in conjunction with

Tarumba Marionettes, Lisbon
La Capra Ballerina, Acquapendente, Italy
MAAF Italy
Segovia, Unima Spain
Junta de Andalusia, Spain
AQM University Montreal, Quebec
London International Mime Festival, London UK
Manipulate Festival, Edinburgh UK
Norwich Puppet Theatre UK
Curious School of Puppetry, Edinburgh
Casteliers Festival, Montreal, Quebec
Figurenteater Kolleg, Bochum, Germany
Westflügel, Leipzig, Germany
Karlsson Haus Theatre, Saint Petersbourg, Russia.
ESNAM Charleville-Mézières, France
Little Angel Theatre, London
The Complex, Dublin
UNIMA Hellas, Greece

How to book a workshop?

There is no school or regular courses that he runs, instead he works with institutions or individuals who themselves organise workshops. These may be as part of a festival, a student programme at University or even a privately arranged event but he is always keen to discuss teaching possibilities.

Micro-cinema theatre

Video camera and performance workshop

By using video and cctv cameras, projectors and simple technology, we can explore objects, puppets and the human body to discover a new type of cinema. Combine these discoveries with the more traditional forms of performance and we can create “Micro Cinema Theatre”.

During this practical workshop we will be using a multitude of objects and materials and constructing environments to film and improvise performance.

We will explore hidden movements and unlock tiny details that are normally lost in the theatre space. We will play with scale, focus, light, sound and music and explore 2 and 3 dimensional worlds. Some objects and materials have more metaphor and meaning than others so we will try to discover what works best for the story we are trying to tell. 

reviews

This was a very valuable, well lead and resourced workshop. The techniques shared and the context in which we were invited to explore them collaboratively, was very well thought out and inspiring.

Duration
18–30 hours

Suitable for
Puppeteers
Actors
Musicians
Film Makers
Film Animators
Writers
Directors

Capacity
12 people

Dossier (pdf)
English
French
Spanish

NASTY PUPPETRY

Actor and contemporary puppet workshop

Developed over the last couple of years in an attempt to really push the boundaries of what a puppet can do when it shares the stage with a performer. So this experimental and sometimes quite intense and physical workshop will focus on the performer AND the puppet.

As a starting point we will work with some traditional puppetry techniques using mid to life sized puppets. However we will quickly throw these conventions out of the window and start to experiment with different approaches to the performer handling, carrying and dropping the puppet. We will explore the ‘living’ puppet-character and the ‘non-living’ puppet-object to see how the puppet and its treatment can evoke empathy and emotion.
It will be a safe and fun space for experimentation to allow the puppet and performer to coexist together on stage. Puppetry experience is absolutely not necessary.

reviews

The day was excellent. A lot was packed in and I very much enjoyed working hands on.

Thanks to all for a wonderful workshop full of strange, touching and surprising puppetry.

Duration
12–30 hours

Suitable for
Any performer
Physical Theatre
Actor
Dancers
Clowns
Puppeteers
Writers

Capacity
12 people

Dossier (pdf)
English
French
Spanish

ACTING THE PUPPET

Contemporary puppetry workshop

This is Gavin Glover's original puppet manipulation workshop. Looking at how we move our own bodies as the initial inspiration, this workshop will explore the ways in which a puppet can walk and run and fall over and how it can apparently have feelings, reactions and even a sense of humour!

We will improvise and play theatre games to examine the extent to which a puppet can perform theatrically without text and we will discover whether the puppet can be as expressive as any actor.

Duration
12–30 hours

Suitable for
Any performer
Physical Theatre
Actor
Dancers
Clowns
Puppeteers
Writers

Capacity
12 people

Dossier (pdf)
English
French
Spanish