Soup Nights!



Thursday SOUP nights are a time of enrichment for body and soul, a chance to eat, relax, network and share. The evenings provide a nourishing opportunity to hear more about the life and work of leading practitioners in and around the puppetry community. Each week a talk, slideshow, film or demonstration is presented, followed by an informal gathering.


The Curious community collectively host the evening. Together we make soup, under the careful direction of Daisy Beattie, working on a wholesome and mindful task, blending an array of ingredients, mixing and balancing a variety of flavours, with which to warmly welcome our visitors.


These open evenings, attended by puppeteers, directors, makers, designers, students, historians and enthusiasts, are a chance for the wider puppetry community to share and contribute to the progress of the School. They are an opportunity for introductions and contacts to be made and for deeper discussion about the direction and aspirations of the industry.


Next Venue:

Curious School of Puppetry

The Poly, 24 Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG

Thursdays: 30th January-12th March 2020

6.30pm Start, 7pm Soup, 7.30pm Guest speaker (approx. 45mins)


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Entrance: Please donate to our Development Fund at the event (recommended £5)




Thursday 28th Feb 2019

Joy Haynes

‘Puppetry, a personal approach’

theatre maker, director, puppeteer, puppet maker


Thursday 7th March 2019

Howard Gayton

‘Why Commedia Dell’ Arte is so freakin’ awesome!’


Thursday 14th March 2019

Wendy and Brian Froud

‘Designing Worlds’ (Labyrinth, Dark Crystal)


Thursday 21st March 2019

Tim Smit

Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan


Thursday 28th March 2019



Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April 2019

Sharing of student work



2018 SOUP night speakers included:

Thursday 11th January 2018

Ronnie LeDrew – Zippy and other friends

Thursday 18th January 2018

Raven Kaliana – ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ – Puppets on social themes

Thursday 25th January 2018

Eric Bass – Terrain; The Ground On Which A Puppet Lives

Thursday 1st February 2018

Thursday 8th February 2018

Thursday 15th February 2018

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Stefan Fichert – Music and Puppetry

Thursday 1st March 2018

Mike Shepherd – Kneehigh Theatre Low Down

Thursday 8th March 2018


Thursday 15th March 2018

John and Hannah Fox – Dead Good Guides, Welfare State International

Wednesday 21st March and Thursday 22nd March 2018

Sharing of student work


2017 SOUP night speakers included:

Thursday 9th January 2017

Brian Herring – ‘Puppets in a Galaxy far, far away…’

Thursday 19th January 2017

Simon Hart – ‘Puppetry Festivals, Audiences and Careers’

Thursday 26th January 2017

Cheryl Henson – ‘Jim Henson: Celebrating the Art of Puppetry’

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Phelim McDermott – ‘What the puppets told me – The conversational nature of puppetry’

Thursday 9th February 2017

Penny Francis – ‘Puppetry: Behind the Iron Curtain’

Thursday 2nd March
Emma Rice – Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe ‘The Power of Idiocy’

Thursday 9th March

Anoushka Shankar – Sitarist, Composer, Activist
‘Listening and Responding: the joy of being in the moment’

Thursday 16th March

Joe Wright – Film Director ‘The Participation of the Imagination’

Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March

Sharing of students work


2016 SOUP night speakers included:

7th January 2016

Penny Francis – Founder of the Puppet Centre Trust ‘Puppetry – the social climber’

14th January 2016

Charles Hazelwood – Conductor/Composer Paraorchestra, Kneehigh, TED talks, Radio 6)

21st January 2016

Tim Hunkin – Engineer, Cartoonist, Secret Life of Machines (Channel4), The Under the Pier Show

28th January 2016

John Fox – Dead Good Guides, Welfare State International

4th February 2016

Mike Shepherd – Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre ‘The Kneehigh Lowdown’