Leading Puppeteer and Storyteller to hold workshops at Jersey Heritage

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Ever wondered how stories come to life? Keen to learn new techniques used in the movies to make puppets, whilst also reimagining the Island’s folklore? Jersey Heritage have workshops for all ages this Easter with leading Artists to do just that!

In partnership with Jersey Arts Trust, Jersey Heritage are bringing two expert Artists back to the island to devise a unique performance using puppets that takes inspiration from local myths that have been passed down by generations of islanders, hoping to add to the legacy of story telling that keeps our cultural heritage alive.

Jersey-born comedian John-Henry Falle, otherwise known as The Story Beast, was in the running for one of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s most prestigious awards. With years of professional experience working as a performer as part of the well-known comedy group The Beta Males and most recently as the Maze Master for the new, hugely anticipated London Crystal-Maze experience, John-Henry will be sure to entertain and inspire islanders as part of the workshop.

Emma Reid is a specialist in prop, model, puppet and costume making. Originally hailing from Jersey, she has worked on several Hollywood film sets, including and the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens, The Avengers and Beauty and the Beast, which is due to be released in cinemas in 2017.

Between Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th April, Emma and John-Henry will weave a fantastical tale; The Story of the 13th Fish based on the Jersey legend the ‘Witches of Rocqueberg’ using expertly hand made puppets, but they’ll need the assistance of the Jersey public to tell the story.

The pieces produced, as part of the workshops, will hopefully become part of an exhibit at the Maritime Museum around the Jersey Legend of the ‘Witches of Rocqueberg’. The folk story tells the tale of how a young fisherman fooled the witches that were supposed to inhabit a rock in St Clement called Rocqueberg. The legend goes that the witches would demand the thirteenth fish in every sailor’s catch, or else they would cast a storm to sink their ship. The fisherman outsmarted the witches by cutting an arm off a starfish – his thirteenth catch – so that it would resemble a Christian cross, and throwing this to the witches’ rock he caused them to flee, allowing him to return safely home with his catch.

There will be a variety of workshops for different age groups running in the mornings and afternoons between Wednesday and Friday.

To book places on the workshops please contact Alice Bravery on alice@arts.je or call 617521.

Workshop times

Under 8s – Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April – 10.30 to 11.15am at Maritime Museum 

Conjure up a potion with the puppet witches, make some basic props and watch the puppet and John Henry’s (not too scary) performance of the 13th fish. Suitable for under-8s.

8-12 year olds – Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th April – 1pm to 3pm and Friday 8th 10.30 to 11.15 am at Maritime Museum

A performance of the Story of the 13th Fish, immersion of the story, conjuring up a potion, creating a ‘spell’ or chant’, prop-making of potion ingredients. For children aged 8 to 12 years old.

Teens to Adults – Friday 8th April – 1pm to 3pm at Maritime Museum

Making mackerel and sardine puppets. These puppets are simple enough that anyone can learn to make them, but complex enough to make it a challenging, fun and engaging activity, plus there’ll be a scarier performance of the 13th Fish. For ages 13+.