theatrecreation

Whatever you can imagine - make.

Theatre creation is all about getting together and making stories come to life. Sometimes it's just about exploring the beginnings of a story. As we make puppets or masks - everything we need for our play - we talk about our characters' lives - who they are, what they are doing, where they've been and what they like. It is a communal process, as much about sitting, listening and sharing, as anything else.

Get in touch

If you are interested in booking a session with theatrecreation, or want to make any enquiries, please contact dan@theatrecreation.co.uk

Schools and Colleges

The process may be especially suitable for those who benefit from positive encouragement to take an active role in creative projects. Currently offering workshops in schools and colleges, theatrecreation is excited about the possibilities for theatre and aims to work towards a showcase for each group. We provide all the art materials necessary, and also the blacks for a studio-style set.


Intergenerational Workshops

Put your mask to one side for a moment and - make a wish! 'I wish for a place where people of all ages can get together and make stuff.' If you wish for the same, you might want to consider booking theatrecreation for a series of workshops, because that's exactly what we aim to provide.

Making the base

It's possible to make theatre out of things that are either cheap or free as this experiment at the Fun Palace in Durning library shows. Some materials are harder to manipulate than others, and gumstrip - though fabulous - is tricky for little hands. We had an hour, so didn't get round to painting, but started to craft anyway. Tai Chi was available in the next room, and a poet was on hand for inspiration: all in all a veritable Palace of the Arts. So great that we have libraries to host these free events.


In Process

Here are a few that haven’t made it to the stage yet. That vulture one looks vicious!

The Finished Product

Working at the Sally Army, here two group members display the sort of thing it's possible to create, again, using gumstrip and paint for a fully 3D finish.


Story Den - workshop

The ‘Story Den’ project was a site-specific event at the Transition Town market at Crystal Palace. Young people were invited to build a den between two of the stalls out a range of materials: fabric, pegs, bags of rice and string. With the help of some cushions, a cosy den was made, perfect for gathering in to tell spooky stories for Halloween.


Pop-up Puppet Making

Puppet making at Hackney Arts and West Norwood FEAST. Could be a dragon. Has crazy eyes. This activity was very popular despite the cold, and we were able to utilise a stash of multi-coloured pipe-cleaners. Thanks to everyone who contributed materials, particularly the recycled stuff - we proved that something good can come of coffee cups. It would be great to see some of these puppets perform now!


Underwater Kingdom

Working with 'Love to Learn': developing a story about an underwater kingdom, a girl and an octopus. Someone is in danger but the underwater kingdom hosts a multitude of friendly creatures who are willing to help out. So - the shark is a bit impatient and perhaps a little bit aggressive but there are always individuals who are prepared to put him straight. Swordfish, jellyfish and octopi are all featured, along with their trustworthy servants.


Pop-up Theatre Making

Thanks to Veryan at Crystal Palace's Transition Town Market for the upcycled materials - we were able to make mini puppet theatres: sophisticated little black-box constructions inspired by Pollocks paper stages from my childhood. Just card, glue, staples, scissors and felt-tip pens. The event was very popular and made several pounds for the market (bottom of Haynes Lane/top of Bedwardine Road, Upper Norwood, London SE19 3AP).


Storymaking - workshops

‘Storymaking’ was a series of drama workshops, operating on the cusp between Applied Theatre and live art, aimed at children aged 6-11 in Upper Norwood Library over a period of five weeks. The sessions started with an invitation to make visual art - in the first instance, finger puppets and, while doing so, tell each other stories. So, while Ben made Oscar the Ogre, he told us about his trip in a steam engine up Snowdon in Wales, and Ivan showed a keen interest in engines too - and so the drama begins. Over the next few weeks a steam train was made and a story emerged: it was a dragon that had set fire to the tracks that caused the train to stop in the middle of the night and forced all the passengers to get out in the darkness. Juice and cake were served at the hatch.


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