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Theatre for One, 'Teatro Lambe Lambe' Micro Puppet Theatre Course

Objective: 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.

Teatro Lambe Lambe (theatre for one or micro puppet theatre) originated in Brazil and Fagner Gastaldon (founder of PuppetSoup) is recognised in Brazilian puppetry literature as the UK’s leader in this artform.

He has toured internationally with many of the Lambe Lambe boxes he has created and has worked alongside the creators of the first micro puppet theatres of this type. Fagner is one of the first recorded Teatro Lambe Lambe artists to work in the the UK and has studied the artform at degree level.

In this highly specialised micro puppetry course you will have the opportunity to work alongside him as the UK specialist in Lambe Lambe to create your own ‘theatre for one’. 


More about this 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.

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 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 professionally.

The average time to make the prototype / scratch performance theatre structure, if you are having one to one tuition, would be two days.

We call this the 'starter course' which gives you a great foundation in micro theatre construction!

To complete a fully working theatre with a show ready to be perform usually takes around five days and a complete festival ready high quality show takes around ten days but the Lambe Lambe starter course will give you a great introduction to this fantastic art form to develop from.

How many days your course lasts is up to you but we suggest taking the two day course to begin with and then adding additional days to suit 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 starter theatre and micro puppets. Any additional specialist material that you may require for your project is not covered (please discuss your ideas when booking).

We will offer assistance prior to the workshop the make sure you have everything you may need for your project.

If you are booking five or more days on the course the fee includes miniature theatre lights for your theatre complete with battery and battery charger and also includes a special adapter for you to keep (to fit to two sets of earphones) to enable you to have music for your theatre and so you can have two sets of earphones listening from the same source when you are performing professionally.

All students need to undertake the intensive two days starter course to create their starter theatre and micro puppets and then they can add three or more days additionally if they wish to upgrade to complete their show to professional performance level.

Please bring your own mp3 player, mobile phone 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.

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

The 2 day starter course in London for ONE person with exclusive one to one tuition by the UK specialist in ‘Teatro Lambe Lambe’ and all materials as described above for the two day course costs just £230.

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 wish to make a group booking discounts are of course available. Please contact us to discuss how many people are in your group.

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

We look forward to hearing from you about booking your Theatre for One, Teatro Lambe Lambe micro theatre course!

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