Puppet and Object Theatre - DRAM3450

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module offers a creative exploration of puppetry and object theatre. It includes scenic elements and staging. Elements used typically include puppets, objects, visible/'invisible’ puppeteers and set, light, projection, motion and sound. Screenings/seminars provide theoretical perspectives while practical workshops deliver making skills and explore making performance. Students will explore and discover the uses and dynamics of the different elements, developing the skills as makers, performers, puppeteers, manipulators, musicians and/or technicians.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 48
Private study hours: 252
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Performance (50%)
Critical reflection (1500 words) (20%)
Essay (2000 words) (30%).

Indicative reading

Bell, J. (ed) (2001) Puppets, masks, and performing objects. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Francis, P. (2012) Puppetry: a reader in theatre practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Posner, D. and Orenstein, C. (2015) The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance. London: Routledge.
Taylor, J. (ed) (2009) Handspring Puppet Company. London: David Krut Publishing

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a range of technical, creative and production skills in the context of design led performance (as appropriate to the form of performance on which the project work is focussed).
- Understand how different technologies contribute to performance (e.g light, sound/music, objects/props, projection)
- Undertake the making of performance and reflect upon it, including recording and analysing the process,
- Understand the relation of the performance to the context of its production and reception
- Create performance which explores the potential of space and integrates theatre technologies creatively, conceptually and practically.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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