Course Leaders

Ian Allen

Ian Allen is a puppeteer, writer, director and actor. He runs Playboard Puppets which he set up with the late John Thirtle. Ian created the classic children’s tv series Button Moon and The Spooks of Bottle Bay.

He has written and directed numerous theatre shows, as well as working with The Muppets and on advertising campaigns such as the Nat West Pigs. Ian has recently lectured at the BFI (British Film Institute). His vast – and unique – collection of advertising memorabilia has featured in many books, magazines and programmes.

“One of the best weekend puppet courses I have ever attended.” 

Peter Charlton, Chairman of The Puppet Guild

Chris Connaughton

Chris Connaughton is an actor, writer and director with 28 years of professional experience in all forms of theatre. For the last 15 years he has run Intext Performance, creating plays, workshops, stories and INSET sessions for schools throughout the UK. He has been commissioned as a playwright by The Berry Theatre in Southampton, CTC Theatre and Theatre Hullabaloo. His plays for young audiences have toured to festivals and children’s theatre events all over the world.

“Chris Connaughton’s stories and novels are exciting and inspire children and teachers all over the country. His workshops are amazing!”
Jean Evans, educational writer for Scholastic and Harper Collins