Workshop Giving Life to Puppets: Manipulation and Direction

Funicular Project: Workshop


Directed by: Jimmy Grimes (UK)

12 to 15 de July 2018

Thursday to Sunday

São Luiz Teatro Municipal - Sala de Ensaios



A training project on Puppetry by CAMa - Centro de Artes da Marioneta | A Tarumba

With the support of São Luiz Teatro Municipal


The puppetry director and designer Jimmy Grimes has been developing an interesting work in puppetry. He was Associate Puppetry Director on The National Theatre’s War Horse (London, West End) and Handspring Puppet Company.


For: Puppeteers, actors, dancers, directors, visual artists, performing arts students

Number of participants: 10

Workshop schedule: Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm
Working language: English

Fee: 50 €

Deadline for applications: 8 July 2018
Atendance confirmation: 9 July 2018



The registration in the workshop (subject to selection) is made by the dully filled application form and by enclosing a short bio and a motivation letter. You can send all the documentation by e-mail to: or



This workshop will introduce participants to some of the key puppetry principles and performance approaches used widely in contemporary British theatre.


Jimmy Grimes will start with techniques inspired by Bunraku and applying them in a range of contexts from table top human-form puppets to life size creatures.

The course will focus on developing practical skills within a disciplined focus on telling clear stories, focusing on a puppet movement as the primary story aspect rather than dialogue.


Like all great art, puppets can take your imagination on an exciting journey and they excel in an ability to tell stories visually.

-Jimmy Grimes



-Foundation principles;
-Introductory exercises which will be continued as practice through the course;
-Basic paper puppets, simple physical actions;
-Introduction to animal exploration and it’s impact on design and puppeteer communication;
-More complex puppetry sequences and stories;
-Focus on dynamic movement;
-Puppets and gesture, how we read puppets thoughts.



Jimmy Grimes is a Puppetry Director, Designer and Maker. He was Associate Puppetry Director on The National Theatre’s War Horse (London, West End) and as well as working on a range of productions across the UK he also creates his own work as part of creative duo Brunskill & Grimes. As a puppeteer he has also worked on numerous tv commercials and regularly teaches puppetry at a range of drama schools, universities and with community groups.
He studied directing at LAMDA and was a trainee director at the Orange Tree Theatre. In 2012 he was the recipient of the inaugural ‘Les Enfants Terribles’.


Materials needed
-The participants should bring movement-clothes and if possible knee pads;


-A variety of balls (tennis ball, rubber bouncy ball, light football);

-Pencils, felt tip pens.


Acnowledgments: São Luiz Teatro Municipal and Joseph Richardson.


Interviews with Jimmy Grimes: