A fun filled day centred around the Old Stone Age (Paeleolithic) and all things Prehistoric!

Andy Lawrence (workshop leader) is the Artistic Director of Children’s Theatre Company – Theatre of Widdershins – and has been performing shows and running puppet making and storytelling workshops in schools for over 25 years.  But before all the “arty stuff” he was going to be an archaeologist and has always maintained a passion for pre-history.  He is a fully qualified teacher with DBS certification and is a Culture Provider for Bedford’s Culture challenge initiative.

Art, Creative Writing, or Science
The day will start with a storytelling show – “Ug, Bug & Dug” – a self written tale of three cave dwelling brothers who go in search of fire, meeting prehistoric beasts ( a mammoth, woolly rhino and a giant elk) en route.  This could be for up to 90 children (3 classes).

The rest of the day will be dedicated to delivering one long workshop (to just one class size) or three short workshops (3 classes) on either Art, Creative Writing or Science.


Watching, Playing, Making:  An Introduction to Puppetry

This workshop is an hour and a half long and starts with a demonstration of a variety of puppets - some from our shows and some specifically made to demonstrate movement and design.  The children learn how to hold rod puppets and communicate with them.  The last part of the workshop is spent making a simplified version of the Widdershins rod puppet.  Using a kit provided by us the children will end up with their own easy-to-use puppet which only improves with age.  The puppet will be ready to take home at the end of the session.