ROD PUPPET CONSTRUCTION MASTERCLASS

ABOUT THE COURSE

In this five-day masterclass, participants will construct a rod puppet from scratch based on the theme “Another Self” – an invitation for a conversation with the self, or the building of a relationship with the self.

Participants will be working in The Finger Players Workshop, going through the process of technical drawing, crafting and shaping of the head and body, fashioning of major and fine joints, and dressing the puppet. This masterclass is led by The Finger Players Co-Founder and Core Team Member Ong Kian Sin, who has twenty years of experience in puppet building and manipulation.

*Limited slots are available.

ABOUT THE LECTURER

Kian Sin is co-founder of The Finger Players. He often designs and constructs puppets. His puppet creations were seen in Furthest North, Deepest South, First Family, Wong Kar Wai Dreams, Twisted, Flare and suitCASES. In 2007, he staged 0501, a site-specific production that won two technical awards (Set and Sound Design) at the 8th Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, as well as a President’s Design Award. His subsequent directorial works include Let Dreams Fly, Twisted, Whispers (Huayi Festival) and The Musical Canvas (Ding Yi/Esplanade FYI). Some performing credits include: The Book of Living and Dying, Turn by Turn We Turn, Senang (Drama Box) and One Metre Square: Voices from Sungei Road (Wild Rice).

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR

This thematic masterclass is opened to all who are passionate about puppetry, and experience in making is ideal but not necessary. However due to the machinery and tools that will be used for this masterclass, we recommend this to be for participants ages 15 years and above.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Day 1

  • Introduction to Rod Puppet
  • Workshop Tour: Safety and Regulations
  • Technical Drawing
  • Puppet Head Sculpting

Day 2

  • Introduction to machinery
  • Fashioning of joints

Day 3

  • Wire sculpting: limbs
  • Foam sculpting: body volume

Day 4

  • Control mechanism: puppet movement
  • Puppet dressing

Day 5

  • Putting it all together

HOW TO APPLY

Download the application form here.

Complete the form and send it to admin@fingerplayers.com with the subject title: “Application: The Finger Players Rod-Puppet Construction Masterclass_Your Name”, by 30 September 2020, 11.59pm.

NOTE

  • A certificate will be issued upon completion of the masterclass.
  • Lunch will not be provided, and the nearest food option is a 10-minute walk away.
  • Please attend the masterclass in comfortable clothing or clothes that you don’t mind being dirtied.

DATE & TIME

17 Dec – 22 Dec 2020, 9am – 5pm & 23 Dec 2020, 9am – 6pm

VENUE

The Finger Players Rehearsal Studio and Workshop

COURSE FEE

  • $600 nett per person
  • $500 nett per student

Available course subsidies include: