Orla O Connor Laurie has been a puppeteer since 2009 and has performed shows in various theatres in Sheffield and Barnsley as well as in many schools.  She provides workshops to meet curriculum needs especially in the science of light and shadow while also bringing in literacy, performance, maths and social action activities.  She has also been commissioned by Edward Jarvis in a piece on The making and history of Lace as well as BBC World News where her work showed the story of The Lost Children.

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Workshops for KSI/KS2

Inspire your students in Science and literacy with a shadow and light workshop using puppetry.  Orla has provided workshops for schools across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and in various Festivals around the UK.

“Thank you very much for the shadow puppet workshop.  The children and staff had a great day, a brilliant way of bringing their work on light and shadows to life and the little ones really enjoyed the performance as well. it was good that they were able to take the puppets home at the end of the day.”

Julie Dunbar Headteacher,  Stretton Handley Primary Schoo


“Thank you for a fabulous day the children loved it as did I! I wish we could have you in more often.”

Jo Marshall, Teacher, William Levick Primary School, Dronfield



Dark Star Puppets are based in
Hope Valley in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Close to Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield, Doncaster Barnsley, Chesterfield, Derby, Macclesfield, Leek, Buxton, Manchester, Cheshire East, Stockport and many other areas.
Telephone:      01433 659925
Mobile:             07880 704209
Please contact us by phone or email for more information about storytelling, shadow puppetry, sustainability,  song poem and cranky shows, working with adults and children with learning disabilities, working with dementia through Understanding Arts and conflict resolution.
Previously Dark Star Puppets was called Earth Shadow Theatre please have a look at the work carried out under our previous name through the link below and also the video link that shows one of our shows and detailed testimonial from Mrs Diane Smales, Headteacher, High Green Primary School, Sheffield.  Earth Shadow Theatre.