Workshop: Karagöz & Hacivat Puppet Making



Karagöz & Hacivat Puppet Making Workshop 

Date:  Saturday, 02 November 2024
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Duration: 2 hours
Cost (includes all materials): £35 for one child and one accompanying adult 
Class Size: Min. 5 – Max.20 Students
Instructor: Mengü Türk
Location: 10 Maple Street W1T 5HA (Nearest tube stations: Warren Street and Goodge Street)

Entry Requirements

Children must be between 7-12 years old to attend the course. 

This workshop is designed for children (ages 7–12) and adults to participate in together. 

Course Overview

In this workshop, conducted by our specially trained Karagöz & Hacivat performer Ada Burke, students will be introduced to a brief history of the traditional Turkish shadow play.    

During the 2-hour workshop, each participant will build their own Karagöz & Hacivat puppets. They will first draw and paint the figures with acetate films before assembling the pieces with fishlines and rods to create the puppets from scratch. Once they finish assembling the puppets, participants will have the opportunity to test and use them on the shadow play stage.  

This workshop assists young learners in developing their confidence as well as their creativity, dexterity, oracy, and decision-making abilities. It allows families to spend quality time together, bonding and getting to know one another better by participating in a hands-on, creative and enjoyable session. 

Assessment / Outcome

By participating in our Karagöz & Hacivat Puppet-Making Workshop, each participant will receive a deeper understanding of Turkish culture and the traditional art of shadow puppetry. You will have the opportunity to unleash your creativity by crafting and taking home your personalized Karagöz & Hacivat puppet As a result, you’ll leave with lasting memories of a unique cultural experience and a cherished handmade keepsake, all while allowing families to spend quality time together. 


Methods of Teaching

Our Karagöz & Hacivat performer Ada Burke will focus on the century’s old performance conventions from Turkish shadow play tradition. In the first half of the workshop, students will be introduced to a brief history of Turkish shadow play and observe some puppets from Karagöz & Hacivat plays. The students will be given acetate films to draw and paint their own Karagöz & Hacivat figures. Then, by the help of fishlines and rods, they will create their own puppets.


Required Equipment & Materials

All materials will be provided by the Institute.



The workshop is taught in English, but some terminology used may be in Turkish.  

As this is a craft workshop, the children will be using scissors to make their own puppets, and it is the responsibility of the accompanying adults to ensure that the scissors are being used safely. All crafts and activities should be supervised by an adult.

We recommend you wear comfortable clothes. 

It is recommended to always take safety precautions when performing crafts and activities.

Due to the risk of allergens, we will not be providing any food or snacks during the workshop. We advise that parents bring their own food for their kids. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please note filming and photography will be taking place throughout this event, and may be used for promotional and archival purposes. By registering for this event, attendees consent to this.

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