Puppetry for the Screen,
 Arts and Education.
Workshops, Talks and Shows.

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Based in the City of Nottingham since 1989.
Puppet Making - Puppeteering - Storytelling - Media - Performance - Arts and Crafts - DT - Show and Tell - Talks - Workshops - Group Work
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All Workshops are delivered by Bookaboo's Puppeteer, Milkshake Monkey's Puppet Maker, Marcus Clarke FRSA ASET CTLLS. DBS Registered.
Over 200 Workshops have been delivered so far to a variety of age ranges including KS2/3/4 FE HE and Adults.

1/ Sock Puppet Making.
2/ Sock Puppet Puppeteering.
3/ Puppeteering using our varied pre-made Puppets.
4/ Combination of the above with or without video recording/playback.

                                                          Sock PuppetUp to 60 students per Workshop with mostly one Workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon and in any combination of Puppet Making and Puppeteering.

Sock Puppet

At Puppet Festivals
Workshops - Theatre - Parades
Images from Buxton and Morrocco


Dreaming with Roo a Children's Puppet Play
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 and Youth Groups and Film 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. Including One way UK and Whatnot style.

Adult TV Puppetry Workshops from 1993 to 2008

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


2015 Haydn Primary School.
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 childs 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.

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
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
St Christopher CE Primary School, Oxford.

'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

Penny Jones, Montgomeryshire Youth Theatre.
"I wanted to say a massive thank you for the fabulous workshops you provided us with this weekend. The feedback from the students that took part was phenomenal. I can�t think of a better way for a group of creative kids to spend the day! On a personal level it was a pleasure to meet you and hear your interesting anecdotes, which are of course an integral part (along with the bad jokes) of your first rate workshops! 

Jo Hemming, Head of Art at Warwick Prep school commented "The girls had a fabulous day learning about TV Puppetry and Puppeteering, animation, performance, film and media creation.  Marcus shared his knowledge of puppeteering in a very entertaining and fun manner and was able to relate to the pupils in a unique style.  We all had a thoroughly enjoyable two days".

"Marcus shared his considerable knowledge and skills in a fun, engaging and
professional way. His sense of humour encouraged all our students to open up
and give the puppetry a go. Students of all abilities developed their
technical skills, improved their teamwork and communication skills and at
the end of the project were able to communicate their progress and
enjoyment. Students are now regularly using puppetry to explore ideas and I
have found it to be a great addition to my teaching repertoire. Marcus comes
highly recommended."
Rob Cooper - Head of PSHEE and Citizenship Mapelwell Hall School. Leicestershire.

I have worked with Marcus on several productions, the latest being Bookaboo, whom he puppeteers with such talent, sensitivity, timing, humour and craft. He is uniquely gifted and I know of few other puppeteers (if any) in the UK to equal to him.
October 31, 2009
(Lucy Goodman Producer Happy Films)

Marcus Clarke is a rarity. He has a track record of absolute quality and a unique ability to relate to children. He has a gentle style which appeals to staff and pupils alike.The experiences he has had enable children to recall his TV characters and his puppets literally speak for themselves.
Marcus is a class act, a unique talent who gives you the full facts behind his trade, I can thoroughly recommend his visit/assembly talk. Philip Ball. Primary School Head Teacher.

Marcus Clarke is a gifted puppeteer and entertainer. He took my students through a whole new set of ideas about where stories come from, and how to create a sense of reality. His take is a refreshing break with conventional modes of teaching people to write.
Farah Mendlesohn Middlesex University

 " It was such a great session, and could not have been more useful to me, many, many thanks."
Hanna Backland backlandfilms

Once again I'd like to thank you for yesterday's training day.  Having only had one proper training day before, and learning by the seat of my pants over the last year and a bit, the insight into puppetry and the exercises you had us doing will help me to give the puppets a bit more life. 
That was probably the most nervous I've been for a perfomance but you managed to give us all helpful feedback that will be put to good use.
Thanks again, I really enjoyed it, and I would certainly recommend you to anyone wanting to extend their puppetry skills.
All the best Andrea" (Attendee Advanced Puppeteering for Ministry, day Workshop)


Priory School Hitchin
Emanuel School Clapham
Haydn Primary
St.Georges Primary Gt.Yarmouth
Edward Worlledge Primary Gt.Yarmouth

King Edward Primary School Nottinghamshire
The Priory School, Herts. KS3/4 SEND

2015 Lowe's Wong Infant and Primary, Nottinghamshire.
Elkesley Primary and Nursery, Nottinghamshire.
Hollygirt School Nottingham
Nottingham Free School
Ashley C of E Primary, Surrey.

Forest Park Primary, Catford, London SE1
Bishopshalt School, Hillingdon. Arts College specialising in Music and the Performing Arts.
Galley Hill Primary, Herts. All classes and all years made and performed Sock Puppets.
The QUAD, Derby Film Festival  2014
Bablake School Coventry.
27th Cavendish Scouts, Nottingham.
Haydn Primary School Nottingham

Guernsey College of F.E. (BTEC Performing Arts)
Ysgol Tir Morfa, Ffordd Derwen.
Farlow CofE Primary
St. Pauls and St. Mary's CofE Primary, Prescot, Liverpool.
Skegby Girl Guides
Montgomeryshire Youth Theatre
Derby University
Loughborough University
Middlesex University
Bredon Hill Middle School Worcestershire
Murray Park Secondary School Derby
Maplewell Hall School Leicestershire
Buxton Puppet Festival
Warwick Prep School.
Stanburn Primary School. Harrow
Buxton Puppet Festival 2011 (Character creation Talk and Butterfly Puppet Making Workshop)
Swirls South Leamington Schools Cluster.