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information and to
discuss your needs.
All our Puppetry
oldest Art Form."
How to describe what
we do. Useful Words;
speaking, making and
activity. Awe and
and inspire. Extend
in the arts with
possibilities and to
Learn through play.
Joining real life
Sense of place. New
taking. Follow up
based approach to
Cultural. Stuff we
want to do more of.
Succeed in Life.
Enjoy life. What can
for 2019 School
the picture below
to see the 'how to
make' a video.
Short Video of a recent Puppet Making Workshop
2019 Drop In
delivered by Puppeteer
and Puppet Maker, Marcus
Clarke FRSA ASET
CTLLS. DBS Registered.
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.
1/ Sock and
other Puppet Making.
2/ Sock and other
using our many
4/ Combination of
the above with or
recording/playback. 5/ Bespoke Workshop
according to your
Up to 60 students per Workshop.
Running and Jumping
Robot and Alien Puppets
Fold and Finger Puppets
and Art Galleries
In the Prison
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
work is currently with Kestrel Theatre and
supported by among
others the Button
Support for our existing
work is always welcome
along with opportunities
for us to do more.
Dinosaurs of China
with Puppet Dinosaur.
at The Green Man Festival
At Puppet Festivals Workshops
- Theatre - Parades
Images from The Buxton
Puppet Festivaland Morocco
Shore to Shore Festival.
A Children's Puppet Play
for Puppet Festivals. click
the picture below for
all the information
Puppetry Lectures and
At 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
you ever wondered how to
bring Puppets to life?
Click the above picture to
see a Puppetry for the
Made for the Kids BAFTA
Schools, Youth Groups
configurations with TV
and Film clips. Visiting
to MA in English,
Arts, Fashion, Art and
Design. Film and Media
Duration's from 30 minutes
to 1 hr 40 minutes. More
Training Workshops For
either our Puppets
or their own.
Adult TV Puppetry Workshops
Puppetry Workshops and Talks
advance the understanding of the
Art of Puppetry.
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.
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
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
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
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 SpringhillComments 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
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
The children (and staff!) loved hearing about
career including working with Jim Henson, made the
most extraordinary sock
puppets and improved their Speaking and Listening
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
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
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
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!'