Odd Doll Theatre of Puppetry


Odd Doll Theatre of Puppetry are Kathleen Yore and Rebekah Caputo. Together they produce devised work combining dance-based choreography, live music and clowning see their website  www.odddoll.co.uk

 

Kathleen (Artistic Director) is a maker, performer, puppeteer and workshop Facilitator. Graduating with a 1st degree in Acting from Bretton Hall, specialising in physical theatre, her first production won a ‘Total Theatre Award’ at Edinburgh Fringe 2006. She then went on to study and work with The London School of Puppetry, Theater Figuren Tubingen, Invisible Thread, The Puppet Broadcasting Company and Pickled Image. Kathleen regularly writes music, sings and performs interactive stories for children with ‘Alive and Kicking’ as well as working as a giggle doctor for Theodora Children’s Charity in UK Hospitals.

 

Rebekah (Education Co-ordinator) is a puppeteer, maker and shadow artist based between Leeds and Aarhus. Regularly collaborating with interdisciplinary artists and is currently working with Theatre Refleksion, Denmark. She has a Masters in Creative Practice (Distinction) and has been appointed associate lecturer in puppetry at Leeds College of Art. She regularly delivers education projects with various organisations, including Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet and Opera North.

 

 

Clowning

This session is a gentle introduction to the beauty of finding your clown. By discovering the freedom and play evoked when clowning participants can gain greater emotional understanding, both about themselves and the world around them. This process can enhance delivery or performance in front of an audience or class.  It can lead to greater connectivity when communicating with children and offer a bank of games and exercises to be used with children and adults alike.

 

The workshop will begin with warm up exercises specifically designed to open the body and relax participants into the process. They will then make clown noses from scrap materials exploring the comedy in finding the right nose and discovering the protection it offers. They will then complete a series of exercises exploring how to perform as a clown and games to develop the technique. Finally, through a sharing exercise they discover how to incorporate this into their teaching or performance practice and reflect upon the poignancy of the process.

 

Clowning builds confidence by nurturing a sense of play and individuality. It forms a grounded and honest underpinning to any kind of performance training and incredible insight into what makes us laugh. Ultimately this session will include laughs by the bucket load and insight how into embed that sense of fun into your practice.

 

Suitable for: Early years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

 

Curriculum Links:

English – Development of speaking and listening skills through understanding and responding to instruction, communicate personal ideas, developing characters and narratives

Maths – Measuring and cutting materials, drawing and cutting shapes

PE – Using physical movement and the body to express emotions and character physicality

Social – Developing emotional awareness by exploring the states of the clown. Understanding vulnerability and supporting fellow participants through this. Sharing ideas, working cooperatively to generate ideas, sharing materials, helping one another, group achievement to create together and turn taking.

Cultural – Understanding a new a varied art form beyond custard pies and falling over!

 

Learning Outcomes:

To build confidence and a playful approach in performers, teachers and facilitators of any kind

To develop understanding around clowning and it impact on process

To explore the emotional and social awareness clowning evoke

To understand your personal vulnerability and discover the empowerment of recognising this

To gain a bank of games and exercises to share with others

To learn new ways of incorporating clowning into your practice

 

This workshop can be a 2 hour twilight session or a half day.

 

Mask Making and Movement

This session will inspire practitioners to incorporate mask and movement into their practice, enabling them to deliver a project in this field with confidence and their own creative flair.

 

They will learn drama exercises that explore movement and voice and discover how from this to create character, enlightening them to new ways of approaching storytelling and literacy. They will then go on to design and build their own masks, discovering a tried and tested method of building visually dynamic and structurally practical masks. Exploring materials and scrap resources they will discover ingenious ways to produce stunning results. They will also determine the key qualities to an affective mask and how to maximise them.

 

Finally, they will explore moving with their mask, discovering the mask and the character within, before concluding with a group feedback session exploring how to apply this process to topics and projects within the curriculum.

 

Suitable for: Early years, KS1, KS2

 

Curriculum Links:

English – Development of speaking and listening skills through understanding and responding to instruction, communicate personal ideas, developing characters and narratives

Maths – Measuring and cutting head bands, drawing and cutting shapes.

Design Technology – Transferring imaginative ideas into masks, constructing methods creating the head band and attaching the main form, understanding of materials and their qualities

PE – Using physical movement and expression in the body to explore the mask

Social – Sharing ideas, working cooperatively to generate ideas, sharing materials, helping one another, mutual achievement to create and perform in pairs

Cultural – Understanding a new a varied art form

 

Learning Outcomes:

To discover the magic behind mask work and physical expression in the body

To learn drama games that explore movement and voice

To be equipped with a succinct and effective method of mask making

To discern the key factors in designing a visually affecting mask

To discover how to develop the mask work from movement into performance

To gain a bank of ideas to incorporate this process into topics, projects and the national curriculum

To impart the confidence in teaching professionals to combine visual art and drama based activities

 

This workshop can be a 2 hour twilight session or a half day.

 

Puppetry

Puppets can be used as teaching aids and therapeutic tools, as well as within theatre and performance. This session is focussed on teaching the manipulation of a puppet and how to make it appear animated, alive and captivating.

 

Participants will be lead through exercises exploring the key principles of puppetry, discovering the rulebook of manipulation and how to apply it. Using a variety of scrap materials and premade puppets, they will then go on to explore more complex techniques, such as emotion and intention, demonstrating the breadth of creative opportunity in puppetry and the emotionally engaged state of the spectator.

 

Participants are encouraged to bring puppets they use in their own practice. They will receive specialist guidance on how to manipulate their choice of puppet and enhance its believability. The session will conclude with short puppet performances and shared feedback, defining how this skill can enhance the individuals practice.

 

Suitable for: Early years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

 

Curriculum Links:

English – Puppetry can be used within storytelling and drama. It will enhance engagement in literacy, speaking and listening. Puppetry can also form a wider grounding of theatre practice for performance courses at GCSE, HE and FE.

Social – Use of puppets within social development can enhance imagination, open up discussion around emotional and social issues and provide confidence for children to express themselves in alternative ways

Cultural – Understanding a new a varied art form

 

Learning Outcomes:

To teach the key principles of puppet manipulation

To practice the process of puppet manipulation enhancing believability and audience engagement

To develop confidence in using puppets and objects in performance and as teaching aids

To provide a succinct process to follow, repeat and be able to teach to others

To explore and enhance work with existing puppets or teaching aids improving technique and confidence

To discover new ways to incorporate puppetry into your practice and the projects you deliver

 

This workshop can be a 2 hour twilight session or a half day.

 

Puppets and Puppet Theatre

Participants are invited to discover the creative potential behind puppet making and puppet theatre and how to use this unique art form to develop skills, learning and social understanding in others.
 

Beginning with a short introductory talk the participants will discover the origins and diverse nature of puppet theatre. They will then take part in warm up games, designed to generate character ideas whilst developing imagination and spatial awareness. Through play and improvisation a broad range of ideas will be produced, equipping the participants with a bank of ideas to kick start any puppetry project and instigate inspiration in others.  Being grounded in physical theatre the exercises will evolve spatial awareness in the body which will later underpin the design of the puppet, the understanding of its manipulation and ultimately how to make it appear alive; a process key to the practice of puppet making and manipulation.

 

Moving on to the design and construction of a rod puppet, participants will discover the creative freedom when making puppets. Equally how scrap resources and experimentation with textures and materials can enhance character and the puppets “aliveness”.  They will learn effective hints and tips to make visually striking puppets with succinct and easily repeatable construction processes.

During a final practical manipulation session, they will learn the key principles of puppet manipulation or how to make it look alive, plus effective and concise methods to teach this to others.

 

Character will be developed through additional drama games before concluding with a final sharing.

Most importantly participants will leave with their very own puppet, a template of how deliver to process to others, but also a prop to teach and inspire with in the future.

 

Suitable for: Early years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

 

Curriculum Links:

English – Development of speaking and listening skills through understanding and responding to instruction, communicate personal ideas, developing characters and narratives

Maths – Measuring and cutting materials, drawing and cutting shapes

Design Technology – Transferring visual ideas into 3D forms, constructing and securing the internal structure of the puppet, understanding of materials and their qualities

PE – Using physical movement and expression in the body to discover characters and puppet design

Social – Sharing ideas, working cooperatively to generate ideas, sharing materials, helping one another, group achievement to create together

Cultural – Understanding a new a varied art form

 

Learning Outcomes:

To be confident in delivering drama based activities to generate ideas, build group cohesion and develop characters and narratives for sharing

To understand the key principles of puppet design and how to make and effective puppet

To possess a succinct and effective puppet making process to evolve and incorporate into future projects

To explore construction methods and materials, their qualities within the realms of puppet making and banks of making tools and resources

To understand the key principles of puppet manipulation and how to make the inanimate animate

How to implement all of these elements to any narrative, project or historical context for future projects

To impart the confidence in teaching professionals to combine visual art and drama based activities

 

This workshop can be a 2 hour twilight session or a half day.

 

Shadow Puppetry & Shadow Play

This session offers new and exciting ways to explore light and shadow, through art and design, movement, narrative and performance.

 

Participants will first work together to build a shadow puppet theatre from simple equipment and resources easily found in any school or the home. They will then play with their own silhouette to discover the potential and sense of fun behind this process. Simple movement exercises will be taught providing a bank of activities for future use.

 

They will go on to discover the simplicity behind the art form learning how to design and cut their own shadow puppets. Working in small groups they will create shadow play performances to perform and film. The footage forms a lasting memory of the stunning results this art form holds and evidence of the process.

 

The session will conclude with a group sharing exploring the ways in which this process could be utilised in any topic and incorporated into the curriculum.

 

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3

 

Curriculum Links:

English – Development of speaking and listening skills through understanding and responding to instruction, communicate personal ideas, developing characters and narratives

Maths – Measuring and cutting materials, drawing and cutting shapes

Science – To understand light and shadow

Design Technology – Transferring visual ideas into shadow, constructing the puppets, understanding of materials and their qualities

PE – Using physical movement and expression in the body to explore shadow play and silhouette

Social – Sharing ideas, working cooperatively to generate ideas, sharing materials, helping one another, group achievement to create and perform together

Cultural – Understanding a new a varied art form

 

Learning Outcomes

To discover the magic behind shadow theatre and understand light and shadow

To suggest a creative approach to teaching light and shadow

To understand the equipment and process in order to create your own shadow theatre

To offer a bank of movement exercises to explore shadow play and silhouette

To provide a concise methodology for designing and making shadow puppets

To equip teaching practitioners with a wealth of ideas to implement this process within a project and cross curricular activity

To impart the confidence in teaching professionals to combine visual art and drama based activities

 

This workshop can be a 2 hour twilight session or a half day.