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17th -18th April 2019 at Newman University Birmingham

17th April 12pm-5pm

18th April 9am-5pm

CALL for Proposals & Booking Details

Deadline: 15th February 2019

The Community & Applied Drama Laboratory (CADLab) at Newman University Birmingham in collaboration with the UNIMA Research Commission and the UNIMA Commission for Education, Development and Therapy are delighted to announce a 2-day symposium exploring ways of training professional performers and health practitioners in approaches, techniques and embodied empathic relationships between performers, puppets, healthcare professionals and audiences.

Keynote Speakers

17th April              Raven Kaliana, Director Puppet (R)Evolution Theatre Company. Speaking on: 'Changing the Narrative.'

18th April              Professor Ross W. Prior, BEd, MEd, PhD, PgCertRD Supervision, MACE, FRSPH, PFHEA, Research Professor of Learning and Teaching in the Arts in Higher Education at University of Wolverhampton. Speaking on: Training the animator anew: Developing cross-disciplinary opportunities for puppetry in arts, health and education


  • Puppetry, Community, Health, Disability
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • The Puppetry performer/facilitator in community contexts of wellbeing and health
  • ‘Participatory’ puppets in performance: the practitioner’s skills
  • Puppetry and audience participation in healthcare such as in hospitals, hospices and care homes.
  • Puppetry and languages of pain
  • Education on Puppetry and cultural change in training institutions
  • In which ways do the intersections of theatre, puppetry and therapy challenge the ways we understand each?
  • The accreditation of the puppeteer/ facilitator in contexts of health and wellbeing
  • Ways forward for a more coherent and widespread provision of professional training opportunities on Puppetry in health, wellness, disability and community contexts and professions

We welcome proposals on these or any other relevant topics within the area of puppetry, community performance, health and wellbeing.

Proposal instructions

Title of Proposal, Type (Paper or Narrative, Workshop, Artistic Sharing), Abstract (250 words maximum describing your session), Relevance (200 words maximum describing how your proposal addresses the themes of the conference),Biographical Statement (50 word maximum per presenter).

Proposals will be peer reviewed. Authors/applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 28, 2019. For submissions, please email them to Dr Persephone Sextou at p.sextou@newman.ac.uk  and COPY IN Cariad Astles at cariadastles@gmail.com ,  Emma Fisher at beyondthebarktheatre@gmail.com and Jane Allcroft at ALLC300@newman.ac.uk

*Conference Booking is now open*

Conference costs:

Standard ticket - £50

Concession ticket (Student/Unwaged) - £25

Paper presentation via Skype connection - £50, concession - £25

The fee includes a 2-day attendance, coffee/tea and a buffet of light snacks on both days. Accommodation is NOT included in the fee. Accommodation is available on campus at a cost of £30 per night (room only basis with use of kitchen facilities). This can be booked with your conference ticket and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. We have 30 rooms available. Alternative accommodation can be found in Birmingham city centre or nearby Harborne town, both accessible by public transport.  Delegates will need to book this type of accommodation independently.

A dinner/social evening is being arranged for 17th April. The cost is not included in ticket price and will be payable on the night. Please indicate when booking your conference ticket whether you would like us to reserve you a place at the dinner.

Booking links

Book your Broken Puppet 3 International Symposium Standard Ticket - £50 

Book your Broken Puppet 3 International Symposium Concession Ticket - £25

Book your Broken Puppet 3 International Symposium Accommodation - £30 per night

Image credit: Dr Emma Fisher's Practice based research "Pupa" photo taken by Emma Mac ceramic puppet made in collaboration with Sheila Stone.