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Cariad Ann Astles

University of Exeter and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Puppetry in the development of emotional articulacy in relation to sensitive topics

90 minutes


Puppetry is a valuable force for the understanding and discussing of emotions within childhood development and can be an excellent tool for enabling conversations about sensitive topics such as those related to family and friendship, bodies, sexual awareness and activity, and emotions themselves. This workshop will explore how puppetry can enable these conversations and provide a valuable tool for educators and drama practitioners.

I have been working within puppet theatre for 30 years and am the President of the Research Commission of UNIMA, the interntional puppetry association. I am a Lecturer in Applied Theatre at the University of Exeter, specialising in puppetry, theatre and education, health and theatre for and with young people; also in cross-cultural performance. I am puppetry tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and have led training workshops across the world. You can find a list of some of my publiatications here:

Sharing Global Drama Education Experience and practice
Early Childhood, Primary/Elementary, Secondary,
Enabling cross-cultural communication and understanding
Exploring emerging possibilities and scenarios for drama education
Formal education, applied theatre, non-formal and community education,
Widening drama education conversations

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