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Beverley Puppet Festival in association with Flemingate Centre presents

SHADOW TALES with Judith Hope Puppet Maker

Saturday 29th February - Sunday 1st March 2020

10am - 5pm each day

Venue: Flemingate Centre, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 0NQ

Course cost, including all materials: £150 per person

Age recommendation: Adults / 18+

Difficulty level: Suitable for beginners or experienced makers


Design and create your own miniature, magical theatre experience for one viewer at a time. On this course you will make a portable shadow theatre, housed inside a box, complete with a small viewing hole for one audience member per show. Create a cast of shadow puppets and backdrops, and use different effects to create beautiful, atmospheric, small scale theatre. The shadow boxes transport viewers into a tiny, illuminated wonderland, unique and memorable to all who experience them.

Learn to make shadow puppets using card cut outs (both jointed and unjointed), coloured gels and cellophane, oiled pen illustration and glass paints on acetate. Experiment with shadows made by small objects, fabrics and textures. Perfect for busking and street theatre, festivals, education and healthcare settings or your own front room!


Course content

★ Discussion on the challenges of performing with such a tiny theatre and advice on
staging and practicalities.
★ Advice on creating a short show and translating narrative into shadow.
★ Basic theories of shadow and light and types of shadow puppetry.
★ Achieving different effects with differing light sources and movement.
★ Creating shadow puppets and backgrounds using:
- Card cut outs, both jointed and unjointed and with optional coloured gels.
- Glass paints on acetate
- Oiled felt pen illustration
- Small objects
- Effects from using fabrics, scrap plastics and various textures.

It will not be possible to make soundtracks during the course but we will discuss the best way to do this and how to perform with a soundtrack.

The main focus of the course will be on creating the box theatre, screen, shadow puppets and backdrops. If participants finish with time to spare, then decoration can be added to the box.
By the end of the course participants should have a finished shadow show to take home.


Made possible by East Riding of Yorkshire Council funding. 

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Flemingate Shopping Centre



HU17 0NQ

About Judith Hope Puppet Maker:

According to my parents, I picked up my first pair of scissors aged two and a half, and began cutting out. Once I started I couldn't stop, and so began my life long love of making.

Following a BA (Hons) First Class in Fine Art/Textiles at Goldsmiths, I began to work in children's theatre. It was along this path that I discovered the art of puppetry, which was to become my true passion. Immediately captivated by the magic and possibilities of a puppet, I was drawn to create beings which lived and breathed in the hands of a puppeteer.

This led to me making puppets for theatre, festivals, immersive events, parades and more, from my current base in London.

Aside from commissions, my own work is an eclectic mix of ideas and materials, often sourced from trips to flea markets, where I love to search for curious objects. Fascinated by lost memories and fragments of former lives, I explore the possiblities of bringing together lost objects to create new characters and new beginnings. 

My inspiration comes from far and wide, from stories I hear, to people I meet. From folklore and fairytale, an upbringing in the country, bare feet on warm earthy paths, the patterns on my Nan's china; from childhood memories of a simpler life. A time when creativity flows without constraint and imagination knows no boundaries, a world to which we cannot return. 

Believing in a puppet means stepping into another world, one of awe and wonderment, where anything is possible. I seek to create the wonder, curiosity and magic of these worlds through all that I make.


The venue is wheelchair accessible. Toilets will be a short distance from the venue, but accessible by wheelchair. 

We cannot grant refunds once participants have paid for the course, unless they can replace themselves with another participant. 

If you have any concerns, please contact Kerrin Tatman via [email protected]


Beverley Puppet Festival

Beverley Puppet Festival began as a tiny event in 2005 with just 5 companies but has now grown biennially to become the largest showcase of British puppetry in the world, welcoming around 30 companies and attracting 13,000 visitors with each instalment. Over the years the festival has promoted the diversity of puppet theatre to the local public, as well as contributed to the UK-wide puppetry industry, through showcasing and giving work to British artists and bringing high quality international artists to the country. As well as the biennial festival (next one 2020), Beverley Puppet Festival hosts interim performances, workshops and projects for the East Yorkshire community. Beverley Puppet Festival was recognised for its achievements by winning a Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award for 2014 and was shortlisted again in 2016 and 2018.