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Children's workshops: Art, Theatre and Puppetry With Royal Holloway, University of London

Explore journeys through art and theatre – with suitcases! – and learn how to animate stories using Indonesian rod puppets

Join us for two creative workshops for children and their accompanying adults:

Art and Theatre Inside Suitcases

12.00 – 15.00

Join young people’s theatre-maker Rachel Betts – and a pile of suitcases – to create theatre inspired by the journeys artists, art-works and visitors make to arrive at Tate Modern.

Rachel Betts and a company of Royal Holloway’s theatre-makers explore the relationship between art and theatre in this workshop for children. They imagine, discover and release stories from Tate that are carried and stored inside suitcases.

Three 60 minute drop-in workshops, offer opportunities for children and accompanying adults to take a multi-sensory journey into art-works.

How can theatre become a point of exchange between people, places and experiences? What will you find when you open the suitcases? Join us on a journey of sights, scents, textures, sounds and inventive worlds.

Dewi Gegurit performed by Matthew Cohen (puppeteer), Marissa Sharon Hartanto and friends at The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, July 2013. Photo: Jungmin Song

Heroes, Clowns and Monsters Puppet Workshop

15.00 – 16.00

Learn about wayang golek, a form of theatre from Indonesia using rod puppets, in this hands-on workshop with Matthew Cohen.  

Explore how puppets are made, learn basic principles of animation such as breath and focus, and encounter different character-types and their voices. Devise sequences of actions and create short narratives using traditional, hand-crafted wooden puppets from West Java, Indonesia. Think about the relationship between puppets and sculpture, and question what brings an object to life.

Suitable for children aged 8-12 and their parents and carers. No previous puppetry experience required.

Matthew Cohen is Professor of International Theatre at Royal Holloway. He has lived in Indonesia in total for more than seven years and performs shadow and rod puppetry internationally under the company banner of Kanda Buwana.

These events are programmed by Royal Holloway, University of London, a Tate Exchange Associate.

About Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London is a community of over 10,000 students and academics committed to fostering creativity and excellence in teaching and research.

Royal Holloway has an emphasis on creative subjects, with outstanding Drama, Theatre & DanceMedia ArtsMusicModern Languages and Geography.

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