The Recipe Book

Puppet Tree can cook up the perfect activity to suit your programme and needs. We have a range of adaptable tried and tested activities for all ages; and we are always willing to provide you with a bespoke activity based on your ideas and interests.

Storytelling- Ian's mixture of physical and verbal inventiveness is a treat for all audiences. Are you exploring traditional stories? Different cultures from India to Africa, Travellers to Aborigines? Ancient civilisations from Egypt to Rome, Vikings and Tudors? Whatever your theme, Ian will develop a varied and engaging programme that leaves the audience begging for more.

Workshops- Put the Fizz in your Fun Day, the 'Cor!' in your classroom and some 'Yippee!' into your youth group with a Puppet Tree workshop. Choose from scrap music making, storytelling, folk dance, Cooperative Games, puppet making, mask making, Kite making (and flying too!), crazy hats & drama improvisation. Looking for ideas to freshen up your group programme? Ian specialises in staff & volunteer workshops.

Special packages available:

African stories (including Handa's Surprise); Dinosaurs; Cinderella; Under the Sea; Chinese New Year; Greek Gods & legends; Egyptian Gods and legends; Pirates; Down On the Farm; Indian myths and legends; Aborigine and Maori tales and culture; Space Invasion; English Civil War; Medieval Mayhem; The Three Choirs Festival; 'When I was a lad', landmarks of the 20th Century; anti-bullying workshops.

The Word Cook: rustling up a tasty menu of Rhyming Cakes, Poetry Pizza plus a mouthwatering selection from the Tales Trolley. The Word Cook serves anything from a light sentence to a meataphor, catering for every taste, from Verbivores to the Adjectivorous. His recipe book will tickle the tastebuds of all ages from Nursery to Year 11 and beyond; anywhere that language needs livening up!

Community Celebrations: From planning to delivery Puppet Tree can help you create a special event that will celebrate your local community, give people a sense of pride in their own skills and ideas and a wonderful shared memory of a happy and successful activity. Community Centres, churches, youth groups & schools are all past clients - please get in touch to find out how Ian can help you.

Puppets & Masks: Using scrap and recycled materials Ian can help you bring any theme to life, from Ancient Egypt to traditional tales, myths and legends to the Here And Now! Ian specialises in working with 'hard to reach' groups in school and community settings, using the power of creativity and imagination to break down barriers to learning and communication.

Theatre of Shadows: The ancient art of shadow puppets is endlessly adaptable and accessible to all ages. Ian offers performances, workshops and projets that allow children and adults to create puppets and atmospheric projections to bring a multitude of stories to life. Ideal for nativity, myths, farytales, musicals, animating poetry - or as a part of a larger theatrical event. Ian uses many different techniques from tablecloths to parachutes - and of course the giant Theatre Of The Shadows!

Street Theatre: dynamic and unusual, Puppet Tree's street theatre grabs the attention and massages the funny bone. A one-man mummers play? Christmas shadow puppets? The History of Coffee? No problem! Characters and situations to suit all tastes and events.

Folk arts: are you discovering the wonderful world of traditional British music, song and dance? Ally and Ian can bring it to life for any group from 20 to 200. Playing multiple folk instruments, bringing tunes, stories and dances to life, they use their wealth of experience as barn dance leaders and performers to give children and adults an educational and enthralling (not forgetting exhausting) experience.

Comments from Warndon pupils:

"I am writing to thank you for the Morris day, I loved it. My favourite bit was when I snapped my partner's stick; only because I'm so strong!"

"I really liked the mummers play where you taught us to act with expression and feeling."

"You showed us the proper traditional Morris dancing and we had to get it right because you taught us the right way so we worked the right way."