Professional Glove Puppet Making Course

Glove puppetry is a world renowned, traditional form of portable puppet theatre. Glove puppetry has many specific and complex techniques when practiced correctly and our teaching method for making fantastic glove puppets blends traditions from the UK as well as the glove puppetry techniques of South America and Brazil such as ‘Mamulengo’

On this course you will be taught by multi award winning international theatre professionals who have specifically trained and qualified in Puppetry, Performance and Design at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London and professionals who have had many years of performance and teaching experience.


More about this course


To learn how to build a glove puppet using your own design and to go on to construct this puppet within the workshop and learn the basics of how to manipulate it.

Depending on your course length you may wish to focus on performance techniques and show development after only a short or basic course in making – please discuss this when organising your course.

This is a mixed level course available to experienced puppet makers or to complete beginners. The course can be undertaken at any time of the year to suit your schedule providing that we have availability in ours!

Tuition is available on a one to one basis or for groups of adult learners. The course is suitable for adults over 18 years of age and can be taken in our extensive puppet making workshops in London or on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales.

We are also able to come to run a workshop at your location if your prefer not to travel.

What you will learn and do

You will learn how to design and build a glove puppet and, depending on how many days you opt to take the course, you will also learn to design and make your own glove puppet show.

The average time to make one glove puppet if you are having one to one tuition would be two days.

How many days your course lasts is up to you, please discuss your objectives when booking.

You can take the course at your own pace, whether you decide to work intensively and try to finish the puppet or puppet show over your course is up to you.


Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are available through the day if taking the course at our location.

Skills you will learn on the course:

How to design a puppet
Health and safety in a workshop environment
Safe use of tools
Guidance on use of tools
How to take your design from paper to turn it into a puppet
Puppet construction and making
Depending on your choice for the making of hands and head you will learn modeling, casting or carving.
Performance techniques and show development (depending on the length of the course)

Depending on how far you get with making your puppet you could also be tutored manipulation and performance with a glove puppet or you could have a course more focussed on glove puppetry performance.

This course can be completely tailored to your needs. Please email if you have any questions at all.

Days usually run from 10am – 5pm with up to an hour’s break for lunch.

A 2 day glove puppet making and / or performance course in London for ONE person with exclusive one to one tuition costs £220.

You will have use of a fantastic well equipped bespoke puppet making workshop and individual tuition and attention through each of your course days.

If there are TWO people in your group the cost for 2 days in London is a TOTAL of £300 for the two of you so make sure you invite a friend to learn together at the cost of only £150 each!

Longer courses, other locations and larger group bookings by negotiation.

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