Hands that tell tales in Thomastown

Sessions House Arts Centre Thomastown will begin their Puppet Skills Camp on August 13th to August 17th for children aged 7 to 10 years old, presented by internationally renowned Thomas Baker, director of Your Man’s Puppets Theatre Company. 

Sessions House Arts Centre Thomastown will begin their Puppet Skills Camp on August 13th to August 17th for children aged 7 to 10 years old, presented by internationally renowned Thomas Baker, director of Your Man’s Puppets Theatre Company. 

The workshop will explore puppetry skills in three stages, storytelling, puppet making and puppet manipulation. Storytelling will show the basic elements of constructing a story from developing characters and plots to building suspense and creating an ending. The students will explore different materials for making puppets, work with a puppet stage and learn how to manipulate the puppets to express actions and emotions and to deliver dialogue.

Tommy Baker is a Puppet Theatre Director, performer and freelance educator in puppetry skills. He is dedicated to the belief that puppetry is a highly sophisticated theatrical experience capable of reaching audiences of all ages. He said, “puppetry combines sculpture, drama, painting, music, movement and the excitement of a live production where anything can happen.” Tommy constantly experiments with new ideas and as such is helping to develop a uniquely Irish tradition of puppet theatre which can hold its own with the finest competitors on the international stage.

Hands That Tell Tails offers a programme full of humour that will ignite the imagination and inspire the young participants to go on to create their own stories. On the final day there will be a performance to share with family and friends that promises to entertain children of all ages.

Places for the Puppet Skills Camp are still available as part of the Summer Youth Programme supported by County Kilkenny Leader Partnership. The cost of the five-day workshop is €75 with a limited number of concessions available. For further information contact Mary on (087) 6828904.

Sessions House Arts Centre Thomastown is a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts centre that will offer an all-inclusive, neutral space catering for every age group and practitioners of all disciplines, including theatre, dance, visual arts, craft, literature and music.

Watch out for the Guerrilla Sculptures that will spontaneously arrive in secret locations around Thomastown throughout Arts Festival. Guerrilla Sculpture is a “pop-up” art project for young people who want to engage with their surroundings through the creation of site specific sculptures made with recycled and found items. Those wishing to get involved with this art project can contact Maura on (086) 3104008.

For more information on Sessions House Arts Centre Thomastown find us on Facebook or go online at www.sessionshouseartscentre.com.