The Mythical Creatures Puppetry Workshop with The Spark @ The Brite Centre, Leicester.

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There is something magical about shadow puppetry, I have always said that, but my goodness, when kids get involved it is just wonderful.  Children are so eager to explore new ideas and so playful with their approach to a new art form.  It’s such a shame that we all have to grow up.

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When the children at The Brite Centre noticed the big black box in the corner of the room with a funny little window in it’s side, they weren’t sure what it was doing there.  When I switched on the torch and let them have a peek at a couple of pre-made shadow puppets that was it….their brilliantly creative minds were busy thinking about what they were going to create.

“Can I have a go with the torch?”

Me  “Sure.”

“Are we going to make our own shadow puppets?”

Me “You bet we are.”

“Do we have to make one of these mythical creatures or can we make up a new one?”

Me “Well that’s up to you.  You are the boss of your puppet.”

“Let’s make some theatre curtains for the front of the black box!”

Me “Super idea, let’s do it!”

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Here’s a big thank you to Jayne at The Spark and all the wonderful people working with The Spark for having me along for the day.

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From 2D Charlie to 3D puppet Charlie.

So here’s charlie as a 2D line drawing…
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Lovely, isn’t he?

Well I’ve been busy working on a lovely 3D puppet version of Charlie and all though he’s not quite finished I’m a little too excited, not to share…

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Still missing a few bits and bobs, but he’s pretty lovely too, isn’t he?!

I had to let my 5 year old give him a quick check (Grandma stepped in as puppeteer here).

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“He’s a lovely little fella.” Her words, not mine.

I will be sharing a link following the whole making process soon, for anyone who’s interested in such matters 🙂