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Puppetry workshops for children & families.

Puppetry Lab is a puppetry workshop designed for children & families. In this edition - The World of Emotions - children, parents & carers explore all kinds of puppets & emotions while creating together.

Aimed at children aged 5 - 11 years old & families.

Puppetry Lab is a FUN & FREE Family Activity proudly supported by Arts Council England.

Saturdays, the 18th, the 25th of March & 1st of April 2023, from 2 pm to 3.30 pm.

At the CreatorSpace - St Albans Library

How Does It Work


At every workshop, you and your child will:

  • Get creative and learn how to make a different type of puppet.

  • Explore different kinds of feelings through beautiful children’s books. 

  • Have the opportunity to create your own stories.

  • Expand your child's understanding of feelings.

  • Build emotional awareness together. 


These are the themes and books we are going to explore together:

The World of Feelings

Saturday, 18th of March, from 2pm to 3.30pm

In this workshop, children will explore the world of feelings: their different qualities, why we have them and what to do about them. We will also read two beautiful children’s books, Feelings, inside my heart and in my head by Libby Walden  & The River by Tom Percival, and learn how to create different shadow puppets. A fun activity for all the family. 

It’s Monster Time! Fear & Other Tricky Emotions

Saturday, 25th of March from 2pm to 3.30pm

Explore two funny stories: The Problem With Problems by Rachel Rooney & Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes, and what to do when we find a sticky problem and feel fear. Children will create their own monster puppets and discover that they are usually way more scared of us than we are of them. 

The Hugging Tree & Building Resilience Together

Saturday, 1st of April from 2pm to 3.30pm

In this workshop, children explore how to deal with difficult emotions and the magical ingredients that can make us stronger, even in the middle of a storm. Children will be invited to make different kinds of hand puppets and to create their own stories inspired by the books The Worrying Worries by Rachel Rooney and The Hugging Tree by Jill Neimark.

.FREE Puppetry Workshop for Children Aged 5 - 11 years & Families


Saturdays, 18th and 25th of March & 1st of April

From 2 pm to 3.30 pm
Venue: CreatorSpace at St Albans Library
The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3JQ

Limited Spaces. Book Your Tickets Now.

Meet the Facilitators

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Puppetry Lab Facilitator & Artistic Director

Raquel is a theatre-maker, applied theatre practitioner and the founder of Imaginari Theatre. Her work is based on collaborative creation, physical theatre, and storytelling. She also hosts the Art Impact Podcast, sharing tools for thriving as a socially-engaged creator. She dreams of a world where everyone is encouraged to be curious and creative from day one and believes that every child has the right to be the hero of her story. She graduated in Art Education (UNESP, Brazil) and post-graduated in Devising Theatre (LISPA, London). She’s honoured to have been mentored by the late actor/storyteller Sotigui Kouyaté, awarded Silver Bear for Best Actor, and to follow his teaching practice closely. She devised and performed theatre shows in Brazil, Spain and the UK.

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Puppetry Lab Facilitator & Dramatherapist

Tania has worked with children across many settings, including Children’s Services - complex trauma and attachment disorders, Looked After, Fostered and Adopted Children, Primary and Secondary Schools, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), and privately. She is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist and a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) with qualifications in MA Dramatherapy (Distinction) and BA Drama (Hons). She’s passionate about supporting children and working with families and is the Whale Therapy Project founder.

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