Marcus and Filfy Puppet on the StreetJoker Sock Puppet
Puppetry Arts Education
Workshops and Talks for Schools and Events.
We work with Schools, Carers and Teachers to develop Workshops that suit them.
That can fit with individual, one off and whole School Topics.
Recent examples include. Tell Me a Dragon, Barnabus Project, Midnight Fair and Mini Beasts.


Schools Ancient Egypt Puppet Making Workshop
                                                        Egyptian Puppet
                                                        Making for

Puppetry LearningPuppetry for the Screen Masterclass made for the BAFTA website click pic right to watch.
As a Puppeteer Marcus Clarke has been involved in 5 BAFTA nominated Kids TV Shows. He's been individually nominated for his Script Editing work for Disney Playhouse. He's collected 2 BAFTA's for the numerous award winning Kids TV Series Bookaboo in which he is Bookaboo.

Puppetry Workshops for all, including Schools and Events.
We come to you with everything supplied for an all inclusive fee.
University Puppet Making
                                        Fun WorkshopWhole School day x4 classes x120 students.
A variety of Moving Mouth Creature Puppet Making Workshops available including Cavemen, Dragons, Dinosaurs, World Animals, Mini Beasts. Bespoke Puppet designs and workshops created for individual Schools and Schemes of Work. Nottingham based available UK wide. Workshops are delivered by Professional Puppet Maker, Puppeteer, Care Experienced,
Marcus Clarke FRSA DBS CTLLS CET Teaching Qualification.

University of Nottingham Lakeside
                                Puppet Making Workshop
Nottingham University Lakeside Puppet Making Workshop 2 hour Session 2023

In Schools

Puppet Making KS1

Barnabus Puppet
School Puppetry KS2
                                                Year 6School Puppet
                                                Making WorkshopTell Me a Dragon
Below and new Mini Beasts Puppet Making - Bugs and Insects Puppet Making Workshop - Whole School day 4 classes x120 students. Can be linked to Ecology, Science, Design and Technology, Art and Design and combined with other Puppet Making Workshops in the same Scheme of Work or Single Day Workshop Activities. Marcus can also have a PP Group for an hour for discussion on aspiration and or for targeted work.   

Insects and Mini
                                                Beast Puppets
"Arts subjects and experiences have an evidenced role in contributing to improving outcomes for children and young people, providing them with skills for life and skills for work.
The arts are an essential tool in building a humane society. They are a building block for social cohesion; they are important for understanding our collective histories, and for promoting inclusion, and enabling agency within a diverse society. They underpin our cultures and the economy, and are important for personal development, health and wellbeing. They provide memorable experiences and a creative outlet which enables children to explore and express their emotions and their identities, and can help in supporting children who are struggling with their wellbeing. They can enable young people to collaborate and flourish as individuals in their schools, communities and the wider world, as well as in their future careers. Arts subjects have intellectual depth, breadth, and rigour. A rich arts education supports the development of many desirable skills and capacities which are valued by young people and by employers, including teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, experimentation, self-confidence, imagination, innovation, and creativity. We describe the arts as being ‘full spectrum’ subjects, supporting the development of critical thinking, oracy, self-expression, selfbelief, independence, initiative, focus, flexibility, collaboration, compassion, responsibility, resilience, achievement, and creative freedom".
From The Arts in Schools: Foundations for the Future report which was published by A New Direction on 30 March 2023 to mark four decades since the publication of The Arts in Schools: Principles, practice and provision by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1982.

At Events
Puppet Making at The Green Man Festival Wales.
Puppets that can be made in Tents 2018 and 2021.

Dreaming with Roo. Children's Theatre Show. Currently in development.
Dreaming with Roo
                                                  Theatre Show Cast
Puppetry and Art - Lectures and Talks.
Gallery Talks, Puppet Making Workshops and Show and Tell demonstrations linked to my latest art exhibition are available to book. I'm currently developing a Gallery Talk for my latest Art Exhibition, Fairy Stories for Lost Child Hoods at Mansfield Library Gallery on until the 25th Feb. This Talk will double, treble as a School Assembly Presentation and short HE Lecture focussing on the process, the development of just one of the Artworks, Aladdin. From initial idea through several sketches to completed Artwork. Comments or expressions of interest by contact e-mail message please.
See Art Exhibitions page

Marcus Clarke
                                                Puppetry for the Screen
                                                Masterclass DFFAt Film Festivals.
At the QUAD, Derby Film Festival  Delivering a Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass. Introducing Little Shop of Horrors.

Puppetry for the Screen HE Lectures
Universities, Colleges, Schools, Youth Groups and Festivals. Demonstrating various Puppets and configurations with TV and Film clips.
KS2 to MA in English, Animation, Performing Arts, Fashion, Art and Design. Film and Media Studies.
Duration's from 30 minutes to 1 hr 40 minutes. More

Advanced Puppeteering Training Workshops
For Practitioners using either our Puppets or their own.

Adult TV Puppetry Workshops since 1993

Our TV Puppetry Workshops and Talks advance the understanding of the Art of Puppetry.


Previously available Puppet Making Workshops include Ocean Life and other Art and Craft Workshops which have pages created for them with some useful info and resources.

Ocean Life go
Doghorse Coat go
RSM Sheringham go

Puppets4Learning go

Visiting Lecturer Script go
Myleene Klass worked with Marcus as a Guest on Series II of Citv's Bookaboo
"I have never actually seen how puppetry is carried out for 'on 
screen', its unreal. The puppeteer literally has to be a 
contortionist, a mind reader and have a good sense of timing (lying 
on the floor looking at a screen/monitor whilst reading scripts, 
improvising and coordinating himself and the puppet is no mean feat.) 
Really enjoyed it." Thank you Myleene Klass



2022 King Edward Primary Mansfield

'Our children have had the opportunity to work with Marcus twice over the last two years and have really enjoyed the experience both times. In 2021, they made dragon puppets as part of our whole school focus on the picture book ‘Tell Me a Dragon’ whilst, this year, they created their own ‘misfit’ creatures, combining the features of multiple animals to create animals in the style of this year’s picture book focus ‘The Barnabus Project’.  On both occasions, he has worked with classes from Y1 to Y6 and has been able to adapt his designs and teaching so well to support each of these year groups and enable them to produce the best final pieces possible. It’s always a joy to watch the children take part in one of Marcus’ workshops and to see their enthusiasm as they get to grips with the techniques and the materials. After this year’s session, my class in particular, were buzzing about the session and couldn’t stop talking about it. They were desperate to show their puppets off too and couldn’t wait to take them home’

you so much for everything - this week has been brilliant. I've had so many comments from teachers saying how much the children have enjoyed it. It was a fab way to kick off the new year and we really appreciate all of your hard work to put it together.
The Children were engrossed. Pitched well and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Great resources and materials. You've inspired the whole year and taught us so much. Thank you! Year 6 Teachers.

2021/2019 St. Mary's C Of E (VA) Primary School Kettering.
Our Children have never been so inspired or engaged by a workshop! Thanks Marcus for an incredible experience! The puppets made were awesome and the skills and facts they learned - amazing! Thanks Again! Steven Middleton. (Year 1 teacher).

2019 Upton House School, Windsor.
Thank you for inspiring all the Children. They have loved it, so lucky to have worked with you, Kate Newcombe, Deputy Head.
Thank you for an amazing and extraordinary few days. So much expertise, so much happy learning and so much fun! You have been wonderful with our children. Thank you. Honey Dearsley, Head of Art.

2018 HMP Springhill Comments from the men about the project: Courtesy of Kestrel Theatre
Having the puppet there put me at my ease, it bought comedy to the whole thing, and made it all feel very normal. I loved the way the puppet cuddled up to us all, it showed that we can all do with a cuddle. Stephen
You did a great job putting us at ease and getting the best out of us all. Marcus was brilliant, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the puppet world I found inspirational. Thank you for helping me give this fantastic gift to my 3 little monkeys at home. Martin
I thought working with puppets would be easy, you’d just stick your hand up them and away you’d go. But it was a lot more challenging than I thought. Faz

Haydn Primary School Nottingham.
Long term collaborator, Teacher Mary Chambers of Haydn Primary writes. 2018-2023
We (governors and staff) are committed to developing a learning environment where everyone can create, experiment, invent, perform, think, explore and investigate for themselves. We work hard to ensure children receive their entitlement to a range of high quality experiences in all arts subjects. We believe a rich, diverse and creative curriculum can help raise attainment and accelerate learning by boosting a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Our mission statement says that success is celebrated when children are encouraged to explore opportunities creatively.
Staff actively seek to work with professional artists and arts organisations through visits, workshops and performances in school. Working with professionals eg visual artists, film makers, actors, musicians and dancers, has further convinced us that there is no better way for the children and staff to achieve real learning experiences than alongside enthusiastic experts. Specialists inspire and motivate both the children and adults to learn and celebrate newly learned skills and discover talents; we embrace both the process and the outcome. The arts therefore permeate everything we do; the use of visual literacy and digital media has further developed our provision. 
The school has established really positive links with artists and organisations including Puppet Maker, Puppeteer and film maker, Marcus Clarke.

Dappledown Farm Puppeteer and Brian

Marcus Clarke Puppeteer Dappledown Farm to Bookaboo