Creative Kids Workshops Using Puppets


Image Copyright 2016 Puppets with GUTS- Ivan Thorley

Youngsters in the borough are being encouraged to join a creative theatre workshop which explores the ‘hoodie’.

Called ‘Superhoodies’, the workshops focus on the ubiquitous item of clothing to be seen as a positive presence,  where children can take part in beatboxing, breakdancing and textile design.

The project, which is funded by Wandsworth Council, Enable Leisure & Culture and Battersea Power Station, is a new outdoor beatbox project by London-based big puppet theatre company Puppets with Guts, with the aim to animate the hoodie as a ‘force for good in the world’. Puppets with Guts created after-school club Kids Create on Battersea’s Patmore Estate, which inspires the young members who live on the three housing estates Patmore, Carey Gardens and Savona around Nine Elms to develop their individual Superhoodie hero powers, design bespoke Superhoodies, and learn to beatbox and break dance.

The Superhoodies project has been running after school workshops on Wednesdays throughout the term, specifically for young people aged 8-13 in the Patmore, Savona and Carey Gardens area of Wandsworth.  Please join us to celebrate the young people’s achievements and for a showcase of their new skills during a performance on Thursday 15 December at 5.45pm at the Rose Community Centre, Ascalon Road Battersea.

Further creative theatre workshops will take place during term time next year (2017) at the centre every Wednesday 4-5.30pm.

The project enables Puppets with Guts to develop their research into new puppetry and performance approaches. Working with a professional beatboxer, youngsters will learn new performance skills and will perform with a prototype hoodie puppet.

The aim of the Superhoodies engagement project is to connect young people in Wandsworth around Patmore Estate with a creative network called Kids Create Club, established earlier in 2016 through the Citizen Squid engagement project and funded through Wandsworth Grant Fund, in partnership with the Pump House Gallery, which is the main partner organisation in the project.

To find out more about how to get involved, contact Ivan Thorley: 07942459451, or Visit





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