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Tony Gee and Ken Beagley have been guiding large groups of young people to animate world creation myths for  twenty years. Their continued involvement in this form of intensive workshop activity is driven by the dramatic effect that this form of creative activity has on the children.
A whole host of elements and qualities coalesce to transform many of the participants when bringing one of these stories to life through their puppets but the main dynamic revolves around the combination of two powers – the power of the story and the power of the puppet.
Over three days of playful and productive exploration Tony and Ken will demonstrate the puppet making techniques they use to enable children and young people to realise high-quality puppets in half a day. The other side of these three days will be to look at the distinctive qualities of three myths of emergence – Mayan, Aboriginal and West African. We will be exploring how the tales told mirror the unfolding creative 
  • process and how this might amplify our experience.
  • We will:
  •  Make and animate different models of puppet
  •  Journey through three tales of creativity, origin and emergence.
  •  Create something new
  •  Eat well
  •  Be creatively renewed
  •  Enjoy wonderful surroundings
  • Take away new products, useable processes, new ideas and , hopefully, a new friend or three
We will be making the invisible visible from 10 a.m. on Monday 5th August until 5 p.m. on Wednesday 7th August 

This course is geared to people who are motivated to use puppets and/or creation myths as a participatory or a learning tool. It is suitable for teachers, educators, playworkers and artists but is not exclusive to those groups so if the ideas fire your imagination please talk to us.

Ring: Tony on 07950 998911
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  •  Standard Rate  – £300 this covers the basic running costs of the course. We ask you, if you can, to pay this rate.
  • Supported Rate – £200 is available on request, to all who cannot afford the Standard Rate.
  • Sponsor Rate – £400 is an invitation to those who would like to contribute by paying a higher rate, and therefore ‘sponsoring’ someone else to come on retreat. This is part of our new ‘Pass it On” initiative.

Our rates are inclusive of everything (two evening meals in The Seale Hayne Bistro, all lunches and refreshments and all materials) except B&B which is £35 a night. On previous courses people have enjoyed the aspect of full immersion that is part of staying on site. See comments on School of Workshop website from our last course “Guests of Chance’.

The Tutors

Tony Gee is  artistic director of  School of Workshop,  Moveable Feast Workshop Co. and Far&Wide Puppets. He has worked in the arts for over 25 years touring shows and workshops nationally and internationally. He is based at Seale Hayne in Devon, UK. He specialises in workshop development and has written two books on the subject including Workshop – A Moveable Feast. He is known for work with young people and has lectured at several universities in the South West England. Recently, he ran a project for artists at The Royal College of Arts. He is also a world record holder for creating The Biggest Puppet Show on Earth!! (with 462 children).

Ken Beagley has been co director of Armchair Puppet Theatre since 1988 when his family went on a tour of England and Wales with their puppet show of “Burglar Bill” by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. Since then he has built all their theatre sets, devised countless shadow puppet workshops and constructed various large animated carnival characters. Ken has collaborated with Tony Gee on numerous Puppet Creation Myths and is an integral member of the Moveable Feast team that devised a wide range of artist training and community based workshops. Ken also worked on Welfare State International’s “Lord Dynamite” show. Ken has a Ist Class  Degree in Sculpture , in which he collaborated on Mazes and Labyrinths with John Barnatt a Fine Art Painter. Over the last forty years he will use any excuse to walk, mow, make, dance or thread a labyrinth. Ken developed “Art Arena Games” with Don Pavey and a street theatre group with a mobile Pramaphone. As a beekeeper and campaigner, Ken has helped delay the introduction of GM crops in Great Britain.

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