Masterclass: Carving a Tabletop Puppet with Alison Duddle

Date of event: 2 Jun 2020 Event start time: 9:30am - Event end time: 5:30pm

Venue Address: By Our Hands, Sneinton Market, Freckingham St, Nottingham, NG1 1DQ

Alison Duddle and Puppet


Due to the increased concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, City Arts has taken the difficult decision to cancel this event. Our priority is to take necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of our participants, audience members and staff, many of whom are or work closely with vulnerable groups. Please see our website for further updates. We are sorry this is disappointing news, and hope to see you again in the near future.

A practical four-day masterclass with puppet and mask maker Alison Duddle.

Under Alison’s expert guidance, you will learn how to carve a beautiful table-top puppet (approx. 50cm high) out of Lime wood. The masterclass is an introduction to the puppet-making process the artist has developed over her career.

All tools and materials provided.

What you’ll learn

You will learn a range of different hand carving techniques that can be used create unique articulated wooden characters.

Puppet Carving

You will leave with a fully working jointed humanoid puppet with a carved head and limbs, and a papier-mâché body. So that we can fit all this into four day, the wood will be pre-cut to approximate shape and size. You will be learning the carving skills that add detail, character and personality to a puppet.

Dates & Times

This intensive masterclass takes place over four-days.

  • 2nd June, 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • 3nd June, 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • 4nd June, 9:30am – 5:30pm
  • 5nd June, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Each day includes a 40 minute lunch break.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at people with some previous experience of making for theatre who are looking to develop and expand their skillset.

About the artist

Alison Duddle is the artistic director and co-founder of A Bird in the Hand Theatre, a puppet and mask theatre company based in West Yorkshire. The company make beautiful, quirky shows, installations and walkabouts for outdoor and theatre audiences.

Alison was previously joint Artistic Director of the renowned Horse + Bamboo Theatre company. She has created puppets for Creeped Out on CBBC.

About the venue

The masterclass will take place at By Our Hands on Sneinton Market, the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. By Our Hands is a fully equipped artist and carpentry studio.

If you are attending from out of town, the venue is an 8 minute walk from the Lace Market Tram stop, which connects directly to Nottingham Railway Station. It takes 15 minutes to walk from the station. Recommended local hotels include the Jurys Inn, Hotel Ibis, Premier Inn and Mercure George Hotel.

The venue is wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet.

Nottingham Puppet Festival

This event is part of the Nottingham Puppet Festival 2020. The festival presents an eclectic mix of performances, talks, workshops, film screenings and more, featuring the talents of local, national and international artists.

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