Join award winning Brazilian puppeteer and maker, Fagner Gastaldon of PuppetSoup, and learn how to create and build a “Teatro Lambe Lambe” in this inspiring online puppetry course.
Develop a unique and portable puppetry performance and construct a magical theatre box, miniature theatre world and fantastic micro puppets in this innovative puppetry workshop.
Theatre for One, 'Teatro Lambe Lambe' Micro Puppet Theatre Course
Teatro Lambe Lambe is essentially a form of puppetry or shape animation that takes place inside a confined but easily transportable space, usually a box placed on a tripod that, normally, one spectator would watch at a time.
Each play or show is traditionally short, usually two to three minutes in length and a whole variety of techniques and tricks are used within these miniature theatres to offer spectators the full variety of puppet art, just on a smaller scale.
Teatro Lambe Lambe originated in Brazil and Fagner Gastaldon (founder of PuppetSoup) is recognised in Brazilian puppetry literature as the UK’s leader in this artform. He is one of the first recorded Teatro Lambe Lambe artists in the the UK and you will work alongside him to create your own ‘theatre for one’.
More about this course
Objective of the Lambe Lambe Course:
To learn how to build a fully working “Teatro Lambe Lambe” from your own design and to go on to construct this theatre within the workshop and learn how to manipulate it.
Details of this workshop:
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 online or face to face for for groups of adult learners or on a one to one basis with private tuition.
The course is suitable for adults over 18 years of age and can be taken in our extensive puppet making workshops near the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales or in London.
We also offer a version of this course for online learners which requires some basic tools (and knowledge of how to use them safely as we would not be there to supervise you in person).
The online course is fully comprehensive and offers learners from all locations around the world the chance to explore the art of Lambe Lambe theatre.
What you will learn and do
You will learn how to design and build a small scale theatre structure and, depending on your ability and how many days or weeks you opt to take the course, you will work on to finish the show ready to be performed.
The average time to make the basic theatre structure, puppets and scenery, if you are having one to one tuition, would be three days or if you are taking the online course we suggest around 20 hours of tuition.
Of course, to make your Lambe Lambe performance ready will require plenty of rehearsal outside this time however you will gain all the knowledge you need on this course to go on to perform successfully.
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 project over your course is up to you.
What is provided
We will provide all the tools and materials for the making of a basic theatre if you are attending a face to face course.
If you are taking the online Lambe Lambe course we will provide you with a list of materials and tools you need.
Any additional highly specialist material that you may require for your project may not be covered so please discuss your ideas when booking.
We will offer assistance prior to the workshop to make sure you have everything you may need for your project.
Please bring your own mp3 player or some source to play music if you would like music for your show.
Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are available through the day when taking the course at our location.
Skills you will learn on the course:
How to design a small scale theatre
How to design the scenery of your theatre
How to design small scale puppets and props
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 your theatre
Puppet construction and making
Depending on the style of your project you could be working with sculpture, carving and mechanism development.
This course can be completely tailored to your needs. Please email if you have any questions at all.
Face to face courses usually run from 11am - 6pm with up to an hour’s break for lunch.
Online courses are run in smaller blocks and can be scheduled by negotiation.
A 3 day course at one of our locations for one person with exclusive one to one tuition in ‘Teatro Lambe Lambe’ and materials as described above costs £295.
The online course costs £250 as you will receive a materials list that you will need to buy yourself.
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 you are visiting our location. Through the online course you will have ongoing support between your lessons via message and email.
If there are two people the cost for the course is £500 at our locations or £480 for the online course.
Longer courses, other locations and larger group bookings via online course or at our location is by negotiation.