Puppet chat show at Seaview Centre

The puppet theatre workshop at the Seaview Centre as a success for all concerned
The puppet theatre workshop at the Seaview Centre as a success for all concerned

A PUPPET theatre company teamed up with regulars at a day centre for the homeless and vulnerable at a recent workshop.

People at the Seaview Centre in St Leonards were shown how to make rod puppets by staff from local firm IDOLRICH.

And having done so they held performances of their own poems, music and anecdotes.

The day was the latest leg of the theatre company’s lottery funded Puppetsense project and each person made their own puppets and developed their characters through a series of improvisations and mini performances.

The result, according to the theatre firm, was a ‘hilarious puppet chat show’.

Julia McLean, who helped lead the workshop, said: “We felt that we brought something very different to the people there, many of them found it very satisfying and want to take it further in the future.

“I was especially pleased that many individuals who don’t usually join in took part and really got a lot out of the sessions”

And her colleague Christopher Leith said: “I really enjoyed working with the people, there was a really nice feeling of commitment whereby everyone pitch-in in a really nice way. “Participants came out of themselves while working with their puppets.”

he next part of the Puppetsense project will see IDOLRICH working with members from Hastings and Bexhill Mencap Active Arts.

The local puppet theatre company is also looking to work with other community groups in the area. Anyone interested should call 01424 203944.