Puppetry Arts and Education
Workshops and Talks

Puppet Making and Puppeteering Workshops for Schools.
Available UK wide. We come to you.

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New for 2020 Half Day Schools Puppet Making Workshop

Call or e-mail for more information and to discuss your needs.
All our Puppetry Workshops include Design Technology.

Puppetry is probably Mankind's oldest Art Form
Make a Unicorn Puppet

New for 2019 School Workshops. Click the picture below to see the 'how to make' a video.
                                                        Puppet to MakeClown Puppet to MakeDog Puppet to MakeDragon Puppet to MakeRugglebug

Short Video of a recent Puppet Making Workshop
Green Man Festival 2019 Drop In Puppet Workshops
All Workshops are delivered by Puppeteer and Puppet Maker, Marcus Clarke FRSA ASET CTLLS. DBS Registered. Visit Puppet Making or Puppeteering for more.
Over 200 Workshops have been delivered so far to a variety of age ranges including KS2/3/4 FE HE and Adults.

School Puppetry Workshops

1/ Sock and other Puppet Making.
2/ Sock and other Puppet Puppeteering.
3/ Puppeteering using our many pre-made Puppets.
4/ Combination of the above with or without video recording/playback.
5/ Bespoke Workshop according to your requirements.

Pirate Sock
                                                  PuppetUp to 60 students per Workshop. Available in different time lengths and complexity for varied ages and ability and in any combination of Puppet Making and Puppeteering.

Sock Puppet

Walking, Running and Jumping
Robot and Alien Puppets

Fortune Puppets

Fold and Finger Puppets

Dragon Puppets
In Schools

In Libraries and Art Galleries
                                                  Workshops in

In the Prison Network

Since 2008 we have worked with Creative Arts and Story Telling in the Prison Network beginning with Film Making and Teaching Puppetry in Clayfields House to our current work with Prison Stories, whereby Inmate Dads share a picture book over video with their own children assisted by our puppets. We also work in Arts Therapy with Arts Therapists.

This work is currently with Kestrel Theatre and supported by among others the Button Moon Trust. Support for our existing work is always welcome along with opportunities for us to do more.

At Events
                                                University Dinosaurs of
                                                China ExhibitionPromoting the Dinosaurs of China Exhibition. Right Marcus with Puppet Dinosaur.

Puppet Making at
                                                The Green Man FestivalFamily Puppet
                                                Making at the Green Man

Puppet Making
at The Green Man Festival

At Puppet Festivals
Workshops - Theatre - Parades
Images from The Buxton Puppet Festival
and Morocco Shore to Shore Festival.

                                 Ventriloquist -

Dreaming with Roo
A Children's Puppet Play for Puppet Festivals.
click the picture below for all the information

Puppetry Lectures and Talks.
Marcus Clarke
                                              Puppetry for the Screen
                                              Masterclass DFFAt the QUAD, Derby Film Festival  2014 delivering a Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass. Introducing Little Shop of Horrors and catching up with The Storyteller, Actor Sir John Hurt.
Have you ever wondered how to bring Puppets to life?
Click the above picture to see a Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass.
Made for the Kids BAFTA website.

Universities, Colleges, Schools, Youth Groups and Festivals.
Demonstrating various Puppets and configurations with TV and Film clips.
Visiting Lecturer Script
KS2 to MA in English, Animation, Performing Arts, Fashion, Art and Design. Film and Media Studies.
Duration's from 30 minutes to 1 hr 40 minutes. More

Advanced Puppeteering Training Workshops

For Practitioners using either our Puppets or their own.

Adult TV Puppetry Workshops since 1993

Our TV Puppetry Workshops and Talks advance the understanding of the Art of Puppetry.

Previously available Puppet Making Workshops include Ocean Life and other Art and Craft Workshops which have pages created for them with some useful info and resources.

Ocean Life
Doghorse Coat
RSM Sheringham


Other information.


Myleene Klass worked with Marcus as a Guest on Series II of Citv's Bookaboo
"I have never actually seen how puppetry is carried out for 'on 
screen', its unreal. The puppeteer literally has to be a 
contortionist, a mind reader and have a good sense of timing (lying 
on the floor looking at a screen/monitor whilst reading scripts, 
improvising and coordinating himself and the puppet is no mean feat.) 
Really enjoyed it."
Thank you Myleene Klass


2020 King Edward Primary Mansfield.

The Children were engrossed. Pitched well and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Great resources and materials. You've inspired the whole year and taught us so much. Thank you! Year 6 Teachers.

2019 St. Mary's C Of E (VA) Primary School Kettering.
Our Children have never been so inspired or engaged by a workshop! Thanks Marcus for an incredible experience! The puppets made were awesome and the skills and facts they learnt - amazing! Thanks Again! Steven Middleton. (Year 1 teacher).

2019 Upton House School, Windsor.
Thank you for inspiring all the Children. They have loved it, so lucky to have worked with you, Kate Newcombe, Deputy Head.
Thank you for an amazing and extraordinary few days. So much expertise, so much happy learning and so much fun! You have been wonderful with our children. Thank you. Honey Dearsley, Head of Art.

2018 HMP Springhill Comments from the men about the project: Courtesy of Kestrel Theatre
Having the puppet there put me at my ease, it bought comedy to the whole thing, and made it all feel very normal. I loved the way the puppet cuddled up to us all, it showed that we can all do with a cuddle. Stephen
You did a great job putting us at ease and getting the best out of us all. Marcus was brilliant, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the puppet world I found inspirational. Thank you for helping me give this fantastic gift to my 3 little monkeys at home. Martin
I thought working with puppets would be easy, you’d just stick your hand up them and away you’d go. But it was a lot more challenging than I thought. Faz

Haydn Primary School Nottingham.
Long term collaborator, Teacher Mary Chambers of Haydn Primary writes.
We (governors and staff) are committed to developing a learning environment where everyone can create, experiment, invent, perform, think, explore and investigate for themselves. We work hard to ensure children receive their entitlement to a range of high quality experiences in all arts subjects. We believe a rich, diverse and creative curriculum can help raise attainment and accelerate learning by boosting a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Our mission statement says that success is celebrated when children are encouraged to explore opportunities creatively.
Staff actively seek to work with professional artists and arts organisations through visits, workshops and performances in school. Working with professionals eg visual artists, film makers, actors, musicians and dancers, has further convinced us that there is no better way for the children and staff to achieve real learning experiences than alongside enthusiastic experts. Specialists inspire and motivate both the children and adults to learn and celebrate newly learnt skills and discover talents; we embrace both the process and the outcome. The arts therefore permeate everything we do; the use of visual literacy and digital media has further developed our provision. 
The school has established really positive links with artists and organisations including Puppet Maker, Puppeteer and film maker, Marcus Clarke.

Galley Hill Primary
Marcus Clarke, from Hands Up Puppets, spent two weeks at our school working with every single child from Nursery to Year 6. He carried out Puppet Making and Puppeteering Workshops with each of our classes.
The children (and staff!) loved hearing about Marcus'
career including working with Jim Henson, made the most extraordinary sock
puppets and improved their Speaking and Listening through working
collaboratively to create films using the puppets they had created. The children were motivated and excited to use the cameras that Marcus had set up around the room and enjoyed seeing themselves on the attached monitors that
certainly helped them to evaluate and improve their performance. The resources that Marcus provided for the children to assemble their puppets from ensured that each puppet was imaginative, unique and completed to a high quality. The excitement of the puppet workshops created a real buzz throughout the entire
school community and everybody was talking about what a fantastic experience it
was for the children. Thank you Marcus!
EMILY BIRCH, Galley Hill Primary and Nursery, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

Bishopshalt School

Thank you for your support.  Your workshop proved to be a great success, students and teachers really enjoyed the simple but effective puppet making.  Thank you for constructing a session to fit in with our timetable, it was perfect for what we wanted, thank you.
CLARE HARVELL, Bishopshalt School
Royal Lane, Uxbridge
St Christopher CE Primary School, Oxford.
Cameras, screens, puppets, sixty very excited six year olds; a recipe for disaster you might think but what an amazing day.
It is rare that someone can talk to the children for 45 minutes without them becoming restless; they were riveted!
It was lovely to see all the different types of puppet and watch them being controlled by an experienced puppeteer. I loved the way that whenever Marcus was talking, so was his hand!
Learning how to manipulate the puppets was really interesting and many of the children were fascinated by how the various puppets worked.
The groups really enjoyed the opportunity to rehearse their ideas and see themselves on screen. Some of them just wanted to spend the whole day in front of the camera!
Thank you so much for a marvellous experience and I hope we can repeat it next year.
Mrs F Clayton

Bablake School, Coventry
'We were really impressed by the workshops that Marcus delivered at our school. Marcus is full of enthusiasm for his craft and was able to inspire the children to produce some amazing sock puppets. As well as the making activity, the children were also treated to some tricks of the trade and as a result, were able to make their puppets come to life.
A truly memorable day!'
Tracy Horton