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Online - via zoom, Location of your choice

Monday 1st to Friday 5th June at 12:00-13:00 daily - Monday 15th to Friday 19th June at 17:00-18:00 daily


Judith Hope - puppet maker is now bringing her popular suitcase theatre course to your living room via zoom! Join this friendly, interactive course to learn to adapt your own suitcase, create changing sets and backdrops and make a set of small puppets.

Suitcase theatre is ideal for festivals, busking and street theatre, schools and education, hospitals and healthcare settings or your own home, for friends and family. The possibilities are endless!

This course has been adapted for online tutorials after successfully running at Little Angel Theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Moving Parts Newcastle Puppetry Festival and Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

Courses will run from Monday to Friday, one session per day, each session lasting for an hour.

Please be sure to read the info in the FAQ’s section below (before booking), just to be sure it’s right for you!

Once you have made a booking you will be sent an ID and password to join us in the zoom class.

For ages 16+

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Online - via zoom

Location of your choice

Designed and delivered by Judith Hope

Here’s the important info - please read before booking!

The course will cover how to convert and adapt an old style suitcase, design and make changing sets and backdrops and create a cast of small puppets.

There will be 5 sessions in total (1 session per day for 5 consecutive days). Each session will last for 1 hour.

Judith will demonstrate the techniques and skills required as well as giving lots of tips and advice.

This is a making course. Due to the time available, the focus will be on making rather than performing (at times we will make reference to performing but there will not be any tuition in performing techniques).

It will not be necessary to have all your materials in advance, although you may aim to do this if you choose.

Sessions will be designed for participants to observe and learn (as well as taking notes). There will also be opportunities to ask questions.

Participants may choose to progress with making in between sessions, or to absorb the information given and to make at a later date, there are no specific requirements.

The course is adaptable and therefore equally suitable for beginners and experienced makers (some making/craft experience is helpful but not essential as you will be making in your own time at your own pace).

This is an adult course although you would obviously be able to do the making later with your children if you choose.

There will be a maximum of 10 people on each course.

Regrettably it will not be possible to issue refunds.

More dates may be added according to demand!


Suggested materials:

Old style/vintage suitcase

Foam board or cardboard sheets

Old ringbinder clips

Large sponges or pieces of foam

Tiny cable ties

String or ribbon

Narrow or shirring elastic

Acrylic or ready mixed paint

Decorative papers/junk mail/scrap paper/tissue paper

Fabric scraps

Kitchen foil

Masking tape

Fimo light or modelling material

Polystyrene balls or egg shapes

Wire coat hangers/barbecue skewers

Map pins or toy eyes

Pritt stick/PVA glue


Tools and equipment:


Drill or something to make hole through the side of your case

Craft or Stanley knife

Cutting mat or a suitable surface to cut on

Bradawl, nail or skewer

Wire cutters

Hot glue gun

Pens and pencils


Judith Hope - puppet maker

Judith Hope is a London based puppet designer and maker. Inspired by the strange and curious, she creates puppets for theatre, commercials and events, as well as delivering masterclasses and puppet making courses.