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D E A D P U P P E T S O C I E T Y - 2 0 1 8 E D U CAT I O N O F F E R I N G S WO R K S H O P S INTRO TO P U P P ET RY

P U P P ET C O N ST RU CT I O N

V I S UA L T H E AT R E PROCESSES

In this workshop students are introduced to the skills that form the core

This workshop is applicable across a broad range of styles and can be tailored

of DPS’s work; the techniques that we use to bring a puppet to life in

to focus on VISUAL THEATRE, AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC, and HEIGHTENED or

performance. With a focus on poetic illusion, we introduce the elements of

MAGICAL REALISM. Over the course of the session/s our artists guide your

focus, breath and gravity in a series of training exercises using brown paper.

students through a creative process that demonstrates the key steps taken

Following this, students have the opportunity to work with DPS’s training

by DPS in the creation of new performance works, equipping them with

puppets; wooden table-top puppets custom made for our workshop program,

the skills needed to either translate or augment text with visual language

while engaging with more advanced techniques including the manipulation

and access to the resources required to apply their critical and creative

hierarchy and kinaesthetic intelligence. In bringing together these new

thinking. As a part of this process they will learn about the importance of

skills, our facilitator then guides students in the creation of a series of short

selecting a poetic starting point, the many forms a script can take, staging

scenes as they create impossible and yet deeply engaging characters that

and design considerations, and rehearsal techniques – all underpinned with

exploit the unique potential offered by puppets in live performance. In this

the specific features and traits of your chosen style or form. Whilst we are

workshop the boundaries between the performer and puppet begin to fade

This workshop focuses on various sculptural and mechanical techniques for the

able to provide you with a source text or starting points, this workshop can

as physical reality gives way to the imagination. This workshop serves as

creation of puppet characters using simple prototyping materials. Students will

also be used to supplement an existing unit of study or creative project.

an introduction to puppetry and can be tailored to suit forms including

learn about character design, the importance of the biomechanics of the puppet,

TABLETOP PUPPETRY, SHADOW PUPPETRY, and OBJECT MANIPULATION.

the function and fabrication of different joint and hinge types, and experience the value of maintaining aesthetic unity when selecting materials. Either alone or in

Time

small groups, they will then design and realise their own puppet character. As with

60-90 minutes

the manipulation workshops these techniques are applicable to a number of puppet

Time 90+ minutes Suitability Secondary

forms including but not limited to TABLETOP PUPPETRY and SHADOW PUPPETRY.

Suitability Primary and Secondary Curriculum Connections Drama - Visual Theatre, Object Theatre, Heightened and Magical Realism, Cinematic Theatre, Postmodern Theatre and Contemporary Puppetry, working with Skills of Drama such as devising, improvising, applying

Curriculum Connections

Time

Drama - This workshop can be teamed with any style or form already

60-90 minutes

being studied in the classroom but is particularly compatible with Visual

Suitability Primary and Secondary

stagecraft, acting (voice and movement), working as an ensemble and the

Curriculum Connections

Dramatic Elements of role, focus, mood, place, space and time.

Drama - Visual Theatre and Contemporary Puppetry, working with Skills of Drama such

Theatre, Object Theatre, Australian Gothic, Heightened or Magical Realism, Physical Theatre and Contemporary Puppetry as well as working with Skills of Drama such as devising, directing, scriptwriting, applying stagecraft, acting (voice and movement) and working as an ensemble.

as applying stagecraft and the Dramatic Elements of movement, symbol and role.

FA B R I CAT I O N L A B D P S M A K E R S PAC E

C U ST O M P U P P ET S FO R YO U R P R O D U C T I O N

P U P P ET S FO R PURCHASE

In 2017, for the first time in DPS’s history, we began creating custom puppets for

In 2018 DPS once again has training puppets available for purchase

school productions. Working closely with your creative team we are able to custom

to schools. Standing 50cm tall, these wooden table-top puppets

design a professional grade puppet to meet your vision and supply all relevant plans.

with machined joints mimic the exact mechanisms used in our

Construction can either be undertaken offsite by the DPS artists, or we can work

productions. Each performance ready puppet ships with spare parts

alongside you own Design and Technology or Art departments to bring the plans

and instructions for puppet maintenance. Additionally, all parts are

to life. Following the fabrication phase we are then able to assist in your rehearsal

interchangeable to make way for a suite of heads, limbs and torsos

process, training your student-puppeteers, and ensuring a seamless integration

that will be released periodically to allow for further customisation.

The DPS Makerspace is a cross-curricular laboratory drawing on the

of the puppetry elements into your production as a whole. With almost a decade

connections between the disciplines of design, technology and the arts, and

of experience in the design and creation of puppet characters, both at home and

how these can be used in the process of performance making. As a part of the

abroad, we are delighted to be able to bring this knowledge to your production.

program, students will engage in a self-directed learning environment which

a solutions and futures approach, for application in a range of contexts,

T h e ex p e r t i s e o f t h e t e a m a t D P S i s s e c o n d t o n o n e , a n d w e a re s o v e r y g ra t e f u l t h a t t h e y t h o u g h t t h e p ro j ect w a s n ot o n l y w o rth th e i r co n s i d e ra t i o n a n d i n v e s t m e n t , b u t a l s o fo r a l l t h e t i m e , e f fo r t , e n e rg y a n d t ro u b l e - s h o o t i n g t h e y w e re a b l e t o p ro v i d e fo r our school and students. I cannot find adequate w o rd s t o ex p re s s t h e b e n e f i t s t h a t h a v e c o m e f ro m t h i s p ro j e c t a c ro s s o u r H i g h S c h o o l c o n t e x t , a n d h a v e n o d o u b t t h a t t h e re w i l l b e re w a rd s re a p e d fo r m a n y s t u d e n t s i n t h e y e a rs t o c o m e , s i m p l y f ro m h a v i n g b e e n a p a r t o f s u c h a u n i q u e , c h a l l e n g i n g a n d u l t i m a t e l y s u c c e s s f u l e n d e a v o u r.

including Dramatic Contexts.

C H R I ST I N E H A R M , K I N G’ S C H R I ST I A N C O L L E G E

provides the opportunity to design puppet characters using CAD, realise these characters with rapid prototyping technologies (laser cutting or 3D printing) before assembling and art finishing the final objects. Beyond the design and fabrication phase, DPS can also facilitate the use of these characters to create a performance outcome. Set up within a space at your school, the DPS Makerspace can run as part of your student’s formal study or as an extra-curricular activity. Curriculum Connections Technologies: Design and Technologies – using design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities; and Digital Technologies - in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions. The Makerspace concept will encompass, encourage and enrich Systems, Computational and Design Thinking with

D PS AC A D E M Y

RESIDENCIES

2 0 1 8 C O M PA N Y Executive Producer Creative Director Artistic Associate Technical Manager Education Consultant

Nicholas Paine David Morton Helen Stephens Samuel Maher Annette Box

Programmed over the course of a unit, in a series of extended workshops, or even as a one day intensive, our artists can work alongside your students to guide them in the creation of Visual Theatre works for both assessment and for public This year DPS is again opening its doors to a select group of young people

showings. This provides an opportunity for your students and DPS’s artists to

to join our training academy. Open to Senior Secondary and Tertiary

engage in a creative and collaborative exchange that allows for deeper learning

Undergraduate students, the ensemble will meet weekly, and under the

outcomes, higher order thinking and a strong understanding of the creative

guidance of our senior artists, take part in training, learn the fundamentals

process used by DPS. Each of our residency programs is individually written and

of puppet construction, and ultimately work towards the creation of a

can be tailor made to fit within your time and budgetary needs while providing

brand new project. In addition, participants will have the chance to connect

access to equipment and knowledge to maximise the scope of our work with

with our other projects for the year through visits to the workshop and

your students. We are able to provide sample models of previous residencies

rehearsal room as well as backstage tours and forums with our artists.

undertaken to illustrate how a residency might look within your specific context.

Design by Sean Dowling | Photography by Dylan Evans | Additional Photography by Maren Searle (Construction). All information correct at time of printing.

BOOKINGS We can’t wait to work with you in 2018! For all enquiries and bookings please contact info@deadpuppetsociety.com.au or visit www.deadpuppetsociety.com.au

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