Puppets in (Cyber) Space

An Introduction to Puppetry

Led by- Isobel Smith


This course introduces the guiding principals of puppetry, giving a comprehensive skill set which performers can immediately apply to their own performance practice with confidence.

In the course you will be introduced to the principals of puppetry including, breath, eyes and intention.
We will then explore how these may be applied most effectively within a digital performance setting.

On completion the performer will be confident to use puppetry in their practice and able to understand how to push the possibilities of puppetry and exploit the extraordinary possibilities that online platforms offer.


The five guiding principals of puppetry

How best to apply these principals to cyber-based performance

Working live to camera, the limitations and vast possibilities of working within a screen ‘frame’

Shadow puppetry, object manipulation, humanettes.


Develop solid puppetry techniques to apply to real and cyber space
Opening opportunities to innovate within puppetry in online performance
Gain confidence to work with puppetry live in cyber space 



12 x weekly zoom session, demonstrations, tasks, assignments, self-studies, teacher-student interaction and more.


Start Dates: 

Thursday Evenings (7:30PM - 9:00PM) September - December (12 sessions) 

Upon successful completion of all tasks, students can receive a Certificate of Completion.  

Isobel Smith: 

Isobel’s practice crosses puppetry, performance and installation. With over 20 years experience in puppetry and performance she graduated from Royal College of Art, London in 2017 with an MA in Performance / Sculpture, her work was purchased by Charles Saatchi and featured in Saatchi Galleries ‘Known / Unknowns’ exhibition 2018. An experienced maker, performer and mentor, Isobel has run workshops at Barbican Centre, London, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and performed at internationally in Sweden, Poland and Paris and at Tate Modern during the Joan Jonas Exhibition.