1. Work Placements

We have occasional and limited opportunities for work experience placements within our organisation. We will endeavour to tailor these placements to meet the individual interests of the student to enable them to get the most out of the experience. This means that availability of placement opportunities will always depend on our current programme.

2. Theatre for One* Artist Development Residency

 This summer we are offering an exciting opportunity to 5 artists to take part in a unique training residency here at The Boo.

World class puppet and mask specialist Horse + Bamboo Theatre are partnering up with the internationally acclaimed Lempen Puppet Theatre and one of the UK’s leading festival consortiums Without Walls to run an intense 3 week theatre for one residency.

During the residency participants will develop a short, theatre for one* performance which will be showcased at our annual Puppet Festival on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of July 2017.

Over the initial 2 day introduction period participants will have a chance to watch Lempen Puppet Theatre in action, discuss the concept of theatre for one and experiment with various techniques and elements such as music, shadows, puppets in Horse + Bamboo’s large workshop space.

During the rest of the residency, each artist will have access to our workshops, rehearsal space, some tech support and advice from experienced trainers. Artists will retain ownership of the work they create. We can provide basic materials, but specialist equipment or materials may have to be paid for by the artist.
This residency will be particularly suited to artists interested in both performing and making.

Our training has been hugely successful over the last few years and many of the artists we’ve worked with have gone on to develop ideas further, perform their work at leading festivals throughout the UK and work alongside other visual arts organisations as performers and makers.

We’re looking for artists who are particularly interested in small scale theatre and who have some background and a desire to develop their skills further in both performing and making.


Mon 1st May: Closing date for applications.  (This date has been revised from Tue 18th April.)

8th May: notification of participating artists

26th Jun – 14th July (Monday to Friday)

15th-16th July – Puppet Festival performances

Participants will need to be able to attend the whole residency and be able to perform on at least one of the Puppet Festival days.

To apply please send a CV to Esther Ferry-Kennington esther@horseandbamboo.org.

* A theatre for one is a short, small-scale performance using one performer and performed to one audience member at a time. It should be visually exciting to both the audience member encountering the performance, and intriguing to passers-by who are watching the performance from the outside. It should only last around 2-3 minutes to ensure around 20 people can view it per hour. A theatre for one aims to surprise; to give people a unique experience of puppetry at close quarters.