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Puppetry for Contemporary Theatre

Short Study – Weekend Short Course


Led by experienced theatre practitioner Gavin Glover, this intensive hands-on workshop is designed for those who wish to expand their skill set and become familiar in the use of the various different puppetry techniques used in contemporary theatre.

We will explore how to manipulate a variety of puppets by encouraging them to walk, run, jump and sometimes fall over. Discover how puppets can apparently have feelings, reactions and even a sense of humour. We will ask ourselves to what extent a puppet can perform theatrically and whether it can be as expressive as the actor sharing the stage with it.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to see the potential for enriching their own creative practice by incorporating puppetry into their own work and should feel more confident to audition for performance roles that require puppetry skills.

See Gavin’s work here @potatoroom

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6 - 7 April 2024

Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Course Information

There are no entry requirements for this open access course. Students do not need to have previous experience. Students should show up to class eager to learn and take part.

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Gavin Glover

With over 30 years experience as a theatre practitioner, Gavin Glover specialises in contemporary puppetry and visual theatre. He has developed his own distinctive style of work in both visual and text based performance as a director, designer and occasional performer.

Freelance since 2011 Gavin has collaborated with many artists from all theatre and arts disciplines. He runs specialised workshops in contemporary puppetry including

Nasty Puppetry and Micro Cinema Theatre. He is often invited to coach actors in theatre institutions – most recently The National Theatre of Scotland and The Abbey, Dublin.

Having originally trained at The Little Angel Theatre in London, he went on to co-found FaultyOptic which toured its deliciously dark and surreal adult puppet shows around the globe from 1988 – 2011. Shows included Snuffhouse-DustlouseSoiledTunnelvision and the ground breaking live feed video performance Bubbly Beds.

FaultyOptic was a Regularly Funded Organisation by Arts Council England for 9 years and the company was often supported by the British Council for foreign touring.

Gavin is now based in Glasgow.

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

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Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

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