Each year we push to raise the standard, demonstrate new styles of puppetry and hopefully inspire you to what can be done as part of a puppet team. After starting in 2008, this will also be a special year as we celebrate 10 years of Puppet Academy! Now we are looking for 8-12 of the best puppeteers in the United Kingdom and Europe...
COULD YOU BE A MEMBER OF THE PUPPET ACADEMY 2017 TEAM?
Download your application form here
WHAT AND WHEN IS IT?
*NEW DATES* Puppet Academy is a special training week taking place between Friday 4th August and Friday 11th August, during this time you will work as part of the Academy team developing, learning and performing a puppet production of a selection of songs which will be launched and showcased at the 2017 European Festival. You will have the opportunity to be involved with every aspect of the performance from choreography, theatre and blacklight puppetry to prop building, stage design and more!
WHAT‘S IN IT FOR ME?
Puppet Academy is an intensive week but also an excellent opportunity to improve your puppetry skills and it’s of course great fun, with many previous team members coming back for a second or third year and the friendships made during Puppet Academy last long after the week has finished.
“This was my second year at Academy and a whole new level of puppetry! (Sshhh, it’s all top secret for now!) Academy is physically tiring, but the long days are rewarded with a healthy dose of Skittles and other sugary delights! I have laughed until I cried, created some pretty epic props, learned a whole host of new choreography, but most importantly feel spiritually refreshed. To anyone reading this who is unsure about whether to apply for Academy 2017, go for it! It is honestly the highlight of my year. I have made some wonderful friends and developed as a puppeteer - what more could you ask for? I am so excited about the EPMF in October, it’s going to be EPIC! For now, keep calm and puppet on!” Charlotte Taylor, Puppet Academy Team Member 2015/2016
“I've never been so inclined to randomly fall asleep all over the place but I was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. It was my first year at Puppet Academy and I really didn't know what to expect... I was extremely nervous. Especially about meeting a bunch of people I didn't know, but I instantly felt welcomed and accepted and it was brilliant to meet fellow young Christians who are as passionate about puppets as I am. I really feel that I have made friends for life. The week was quite intense, but I have learned so many different skills and things that I didn't know before, which I know will help me grow and also help my own puppet team. Thanks for the support from fantastic teachers and fellow puppet people.” Rebecca Chappell, Puppet Academy Team Member 2016
To read more about what the 2016 Puppet Academy Team thought of the experience click here!
WHERE IS THE ACADEMY?
It will take place at The Viking Centre, Claxby, Lincolnshire, LN8 3YR, just 30 minutes South West of our Head Office in Grimsby. If traveling by train/bus to Grimsby, we can help with lifts to the Viking Centre.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
There is a nominal cost to you of £100, this will go towards the cost of your accommodation, food for the week and the teaching you will receive. The European Puppet & Creative Arts Festival will be free to all Puppet Academy team members.
HOW DO I QUALIFY?
To apply, you will need to be over the age of sixteen (we require parental consent for those aged under 18 years) and be a competent rod-arm puppeteer.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Download the application form, complete it and return it, along with a CD or DVD with a video of you demonstrating and performing your skills with your puppet (including lip synchronisation to either live voice or pre-recorded material). A video audition may also be uploaded to YouTube and the link emailed. The demonstration/performance should last from 3½ minutes to 6 minutes max. The performance must be in an un-curtained stage so that your technique can be observed clearly by the judging panel.
The CD/DVD and application form (with every section completed) must be sent together by Monday 17th April 2017 to:
One Way UK (Academy)
Ice House Christian Centre
WHAT WOULD INVALIDATE MY APPLICATION?
- Failure to complete the form or obtain parental consent if under 18 years of age.
- Failure to agree with the conditions set out in the form.
- Failure to submit a CD/DVD with your form.
- Failing to perform behind an un-curtained stage.
WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULT?
We will notify all applicants by Friday 21st April 2017. Please note, unfortunately we will not be able to return the CD/DVD.
If you have any further questions please ring David Jones on: 01472 241068.
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