Workshops and meetings

The FMTM, by its territorial anchoring and proud of its influence, wishes to allow the inhabitants to appropriate or reappropriate the living heritage that the puppet represents.
Throughout the year, the public relations team proposes meetings between artists and spectators in the form of residency outings, workshops for children, courses for adults, and participatory shows for amateurs.
These moments of sharing allow people to discover puppetry or to improve their skills in the construction and manipulation of puppets of all kinds with contemporary puppeteers from the Ardennes or from other countries.

Adult workshops

Workshop on object theatre

Workshop from 16 years old / amateur public
led by Myriam Gautier from compagnie Les Becs verseurs
Thursday 15 December 2022
from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
5 euros / person

Come and tell stories with objects and discover all their narrative potential, enjoy their evocative, poetic and/or humorous capacities and make the object a partner and not an accessory. We explore all this through different games and short stories, more or less improvised!

Manipulation workshop: the representation of movement

Workshop from 16 years old / amateur public
led by Eduardo Félix
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2022
From 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm, both days

Puppeteer Eduardo Félix from Brazil has often come to Charleville-Mézières. In 2015 he performed La philosophie dans le boudoir, Portrait de famille and Bira & Bédé; and in 2019 Macunaïma Gourmet.
With his collective Pigmalião Escultura Que Mexe, he constantly seeks to give the audience the illusion that his puppets are alive. In this workshop, Eduardo Félix shares his secrets and techniques of manipulation to give the illusion, through movement, that inanimate objects have a soul!

Children workshop

Build and manipulate your puppet

Workshop for children from 7 years old
animated by Coraline Charnet
Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 February 2023
From 9h30 to 12h
OR from 2pm to 4:30pm
Price: 25 € per child for 4 half-days
Location: 25 rue du Petit Bois – 08000 Charleville-Mézières
Registration: 03 24 59 90 91 ou

During the winter vacations, make the animal or creature of your choice (realistic or fantastic) from simple materials (paper, scotch tape), then learn to manipulate it in a setting.


Workshop for children from 7 years old
led by Raquel Mützenberg-Andrade
Wednesday 2, Thursday 3, Friday 4 November 2022
From 9.30 am to 12 pm
OR from 2pm to 4.30pm
Fee: 20 € per child for 3 half-days
Location: 25 rue du Petit Bois – 08000 Charleville-Mézières
Registration: 03 24 59 90 91 or

During the holidays, make puppets on the theme of animals! The puppeteer Raquel Mützenberg-Andrade leads a workshop for 3 half-days to build muppets, masks and shadows.

Temps d’M workshops

Past event

Workshop for children from 7 years old

From 7 years old

  • La Passerelle (CSC A. Dhôtel)

14 september 2022

Duration: 2h

Past event

Workshop children-parents from 7 years old

From 7 years old

  • Micro-folie

17 september 2022

Duration: 2h

Past event

Workshop children-parents 0 to 3 years old

6 months to 3 years

  • Médiathèque Voyelles

15 september 2022

Duration: 1h

Conferences on shadow theatre

Shadow theatre is mostly known in its most basic form. Yet it is rich and abundant, as shown by its incredible development over the last 40 years.
To shed light on this issue, the International Puppet Institute and the World Puppet Theatre Festival are opening a series of four conferences on contemporary shadow theatre.

Wednesday 14th December
6pm to 7pm: On the theatrical vocation of shadow.
Dialogue with Julien Gaillard and Fabrizio Montecchi.

Thursday 15th December
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Journey in shadow theatre between tradition and innovation. Dialogue with Jean Pierre Lescot and Fabrizio Montecchi.

Thursday 15th December
7pm to 8.30pm: The journey continues… in the folds of shadow theatre.  Video clips (from the archives of the International Puppet Institute) of some shows from the last 40 years that have made the history of contemporary shadow theatre, proposed and commented by Fabrizio Montecchi.

Friday 16th December
6 to 7 pm: Contemporary pedagogies and poetics of shadow theatre. Dialogue with Fabrizio Montecchi and the Théâtre de Nuit.

At the ESNAM Theatre
16 avenue Jean Jaurès, Charleville-Mézières

In French.

All audiences, curious and passionate

Free admission

These conferences are organised within the framework of PREAC #5, training for trainers.

Fabrizio Montecchi is a director, set designer and teacher. Since 1978, he has been involved with Teatro Gioco Vita in an important artistic experience in which he has worked on the development of shadow theatre. Since 1985, he has directed more than fifty shows and has established himself as one of the greatest directors of contemporary shadow theatre.

Jean-Pierre Lescot, a French artist and actor, founded the company Jean-Pierre Lescot Les Phosphènes in 1968. A pioneer in the revival of shadow theatre in France, he directed the Roublot theatre in Fontenay-sous-Bois from 1988 to 2003. He founded the biennial Voyages en marionnettes festival, which became the “Pôle de la marionnette en Val-de-Marne” in 2003, with an annual programme and a mission to support young artists. He was also a lecturer at the École nationale supérieure des arts de la marionnette (ESNAM) in Charleville-Mézières and president of the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes from 2019 to 2022.

Julien Gaillard is an author. After a brief period at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he became an actor and worked, among others, under the direction of Christian Boltanski, Éloi Recoing and the composer Franck Krawczyk. In 2010, he decided to devote himself exclusively to writing. His texts are situated at the crossroads of theatre and poetry, in that indeterminate zone where narrative, prose and verse never cease to be in search of a possible dialogue with the temporality of theatre itself.


The festival regularly hosts companies in residence on its premises. The final presentation is open to the public. See residencies in the “With the audience” section.

Puppet Carolo Club

This club for puppet lovers organises outings to shows at reduced prices throughout the region.
To register, please contact Claire Pellerier