Junk Puppet Workshop
Simple yet stunningly effective hand puppets created from ‘junk’ materials. A Major Mustard Workshop Day begins with a demonstration show followed by an explanation of making techniques and skills. The rest of the morning session is taken up with the making of the puppets. In the afternoon, participants are given ideas and suggestions for bringing their puppets to life with movement and action as well as learning how to give their puppets a voice. After a session on how to create and build a show the puppeteers divide into groups and work on short shows, the performance of which ( to the other groups) concludes the day.
Shadow Puppet Workshop
Major Mustard introduces children to the medium of shadow puppetry with a performance of a short series of shadow stories. An explanation and demonstration of the techniques required to make the puppets then follows. After a making session of about 1 ½ hours participants should have all made a puppet. A break (usually lunch time ) follows after which Major Mustard shows ways and techniques for performing a shadow story and the participants all perform with their puppets behind the large screen.
Junk puppet and shadow puppet workshops usually last a day. Major Mustard is very happy to discuss the possibilities of two-day workshops, short residencies or mixtures of performance and workshop.