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What learning lurks in the shadows? Shadow puppetry in the PS classroom with Louise Clark

May 5, 2022

Multi Region Event: Asia & Europe / Americas & Europe

Booking Closed

Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

About the workshop

What learning lurks in the shadows? Shadow puppetry in the PS classroom

Workshop description
A one stop shop for using and creating shadow theatre in your classroom. We will cover simple, cheap but highly effective screen set-ups, the skills and considerations needed for puppet making and performance AND how shadow puppets can be applied to enhance curriculum learning.

Learning outcomes
Participants will

  • gain knowledge of a variety of screen sets up to adapt to their own learning environment
  • develop skills to make effective shadow puppets
  • gain knowledge of key performance techniques and skills
  • explore structures and processes for turning a story into a shadow performance
  • develop ideas and inspirations for linking shadow theatre into their teaching of several curriculum areas

Target audience
Designed for teachers of primary grades, however teachers from other divisions who wish to learn how to make and use shadow puppets are welcome.
Level: Introductory

About your workshop leader

Louise Clark

I have always loved and will forever be passionate about theatre. I have a BA in Theatre and Performance and a MA in Drama and Theatre Education. I’m a proud Yorkshire lass born and bred but my varied and exciting freelance life as an actor, director, writer and teacher allows me to travel the world.

I am excited by theatre as a tool. A tool to engage people in the world around them and particularly to engage learners of all ages, from nursery to retirement. A tool to explore people, places, histories, global issues and events, stories and – best of all – the land of our imaginations.

I am artistic director of Libellule Theatre which specialises in touring productions for three to five-year olds and have directed many styles of performance from one woman – indoors and intimate to outdoor – whole community and site specific. I am also a drama education consultant for schools and local authorities, inspiring and guiding teachers in the use of drama as part of everyday classroom practice.

Important information

Event coordinator
Sophie Galton

Workshop timings

Region 1: Asia & Europe
Thursday 5th May 2022
9:00 am – 10:30 am British Summer Time (BST)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Central European Summer Time (CEST)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Singapore Standard Time (SST)

Region 2 : Americas & Europe
Thursday 5th May 2022
7:00 am – 8:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm British Summer Time (BST)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Central European Summer Time (CEST)

The workshop will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Some familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs etc. would be helpful, but is not a requirement.

Places are limited to 25 participants


The cost of this/these sessions is GBP £35 per person for ISTA members and GBP £40 per person for non members.

Please note that once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Space requirements

If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Asia & Europe

Starts on Thursday 05 May at 16:00
Finishes on Thursday 05 May at 17:30
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)

Americas & Europe

Starts on Thursday 05 May at 16:00
Finishes on Thursday 05 May at 17:30
(CEST - Central European Summer Time)


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