E17 Puppet Project

E17 Puppet Project harnesses the magic and power of puppetry to tackle complex subjects and make them accessible to children and adults for whom socioeconomic or personal circumstances might act as barriers to engaging in arts and community activity. The Waltham Forest arts and educational charity was established in 2010. Through puppetry, the charity develops children’s and adult’s confidence, creativity and improves overall health and wellbeing.

E17PP focuses on three, overlapping, activities: productions; local authority commissions to deliver masterclasses for young people; and targeted projects. Its hospital work, enable the children to better understand their own illnesses, and to establish support networks for their families.

For adults, programmes like ‘What I’d Tell Myself’ (where participants make puppets of themselves and discuss life lessons) and ‘My Streets, My Story’ (groups create street scenes and share favourite places/memories) help to develop skills and connect participants with others and their local community.

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