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Make It and Move It - Intensive course with Tbilisi Basement Theatre Puppeteers.

Presented in collaboration with PCT and funded by Arts Council England

An 8-day (over 2 long weekends) intensive course in puppetry making and manipulation with a 4-strong company from Tbilisi, Georgia. A unique opportunity to study with international experts.
Who is it for?
Actors, performers, directors, artists and educationalists who want to explore the use of puppetry in their creative work. Only 12-14 places are available on each workshop so that personal attention is kept to a high level.
When is it?
The course takes place in Brighton and in Oxford, over 2 long weekends in each city in spring 2005.
Brighton: Friday 25 – Monday 28 February and Friday 4 – Monday 7 March inc.
at the Nightingale Theatre, Surrey Street. From 10am-6pm daily
Oxford: Friday 11 – Monday 14 March and Friday 18 – Monday 21 March inc.
at Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company, from 10am – 6pm daily
About the Company
The team is led by Nino (Nutsa) Dolakidze, the highly acclaimed puppet designer, maker and manipulator from Tbilisi, Georgia, working with three experienced puppeteers/trainers.
Nutsa is a teacher of Puppet Technology and the History of Theatrical Costume at the Shota Rustaveli State Institute of Theatre and Cinema in Tbilisi. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the national Puppeteers Club and an Executive Artist at Basement Theatre.
About the Course
Over eight days participants will gain practical training on making and manipulating objects for performance. The process is literally "hands-on" beginning with the use of hands through to more complicated objects and puppets.
Each day will build on a sequence of making and animating a different style of figure or object. Improvisation, response to music, movement and collaboration with the group are threaded through the sessions.
The workshop culminates with a showing of a short piece created by the group to an invited audience.
The Cost
The eight-day course costs £125
We also require a refundable deposit of £50, which will be returned on completion of 80% or more of the course.
Participants will be responsible for their own travel, any accommodation needed and lunches during the sessions.
Some bursaries may be available to reduce costs – if you think you should be considered please let us know why.
Application Process
For an application form please email

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