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Puppetry Masterclass

with Erth & Dead Puppet Society

Bringing together the expertise of two of Australia’s leading visual theatre making companies, we are offering a rare Puppetry Masterclass co-led by Erth Visual & Physical Inc. and Dead Puppet Society.

The masterclass is a weeklong intensive that will dive into theoretical and practical approaches to the visual theatre making process, with a focus on story development, puppet making and performance.

We are offering up to 15 places for theatre and performance makers wishing to expand their skills and knowledge in puppetry and devised theatre making processes.

Selection into the masterclass is through an application process. Express your interest online by Friday 13 July. 

The masterclass will be held at Erth's Venue in Marrickville.

Presented by Sydney Opera House. 

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Applications now open

Applications for the masterclass are now open and will close at midnight on Friday 13 July 2018 AEST. 

Express your interest online here

Successful applicants will be notified on Friday 20 July 2018. 

The Puppetry Masterclass will take place from Monday 6 August - Saturday 11 August 2018.

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