2017.1.9 - 13  10am-2pm
Luting Theatre
Full Workshop Enrolment: $2500, $2300 (Alumni of Theatre Horizon)


"New Directors' Movement" is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This workshop is part of the New Directors' Movement.

The content of these activities does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Elements Involved
puppetry  theatre writing directing

Who is it for?
Theatre professionals and people who have some training in theatre



New Directors' Movement

Puppetry & Object Theatre Workshop

With Marek Bečka

Course Contents:

  • Animation rules

  • Traditional puppetry and the modern forms

  • Object Theatre and how to use it

  • Design, making a simple puppet

  • Short sketches- practising

  • A short Puppet-Show

The puppetry workshop places emphasis on specific interdisciplinary components of the puppetry and object-theatre, including their overlaps with and throwbacks to dramatic arts. The workshop is primarily focused on working with objects, material (paper, plastic / foil, textiles etc.) and puppets. The participants will have the opportunity to examine the objects, material and puppets, their characteristics and technological potential. All of this, naturally is in close relation to space, light, sound and in tension with live persons. This concept will lead the participants of the workshop to think metaphorically and elaborate given topics in this manner. The topics may stem from the participants themselves. Active involvement can often bring a short production to life. The workshop thus opens an opportunity to experience non-verbal expression on stage for both actors and directors, where work with particular materials creates various situations and constellations in space.

The outcome of workshop is a short public presentation. There will be 5 sessions with a total of 20 hours in this workshop which will be  conducted in English.

This workshop is an extension of Theatre Horizon's production of FAUSTUS.


Marek Bečka received his education at the Puppet Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU.) He was a visiting actor with the Drak Theatre in Hradec Králové during his studies. After graduating, Marek did some street performance and was involved in independent puppet productions for young children. He founded Buchty a Loutky theatre together with some of his colleagues in 1991. Since then Buchty a Loutky created more than fifty performances in twenty years. With his own hands, he created “Story of ??? Man,” one of the most successful puppet shows for adults. At Buchty a Loutky, he is Actor, Director and Manager. The Svandovo Divadlo is now home of Buchty a Loutky ( ). Marek also works as director with other groups or theatres. He is also an internal pedagogue of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) and he creates workshops for professionals and amateurs all around the world from the Czech Republic to Hong Kong.

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