Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Happy St. Paddy’s Day Edition

By March 16, 2014 March 8th, 2015 One Comment

Africa and the Middle East

The Little Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia performs in Bahrain later this month.


India’s Sri Ganesh Yakshagana Puppetry troupe is winning fans around the world.

Australia & New Zealand

Isabella Rossellini uses improvised puppetry to talk about sex at the Adelaide Festival.

An interview with puppeteer Noel MacNeal from his recent trip Down Under.

Australian puppeteer Marianne Metters was showing off her work during the Art Not Apart Festival near Canberra.

Red Leap Theatre blends puppetry, dance and physical theatre in their new production, Sea.

Puppet Fiction gets staged with puppets at the Dunedin Fringe Festival in New Zealand.


The Puppetry Centre in the UK is celebrating its 40th birthday.

Explore the extensive puppetry collection at London’s V&A Museum.

Sad news from Spain…puppeteer Rosa Navarro of Valencia’s Lluerna Teatre has passed away (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

Italian puppeteers Carlo Colla and Sons collaborated with renowned German instrumental ensemble Lautten Compagney  to create a new production of Handel’s Rinaldo in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Latin America and the Caribbean

There is outrage in the Chilean puppetry community over the horrific murder of Daniel Moraga, co-founder of Santiago’s La casa del Titere (link goes to a Spanish language web site).

North America

More puppet slams are on the way in America…Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Cabaret hits Chicago March 24th, Game Show – Nite at the Puppet Asylum arrives in Fulerton, California March 27th, and Puppets After Dark brings puppet comedy to Kansas City on March 29th.

The Frisch Marionettes are continuing to tour the United States.

Celebrate World Puppetry Day with the Center for Puppetry Arts either in person in Atlanta or live online from across the world on March 21st.

Madcap Puppets has received a $500,000 US grant to renovate its facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As March Madness grips American basketball fans, Patricia Becker is busy making her popular puppets for fans of Wichita State.

New Orleans’ International Puppet Festival makes its return in April.

Also set to return next month is L.A. Puppetfest.

Good news from Florida…the Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches will be able to remain its home for several more months.

An early review of Muppets Most Wanted, which opens this week across much of the world.

Learn the story of how the Muppets got their mojo back.

Meanwhile, the Henson Company is busier than ever with a wide-ranging slate of projects.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

Looking for an introduction to puppetry in the UK? Check out the Brighton Puppetry Weekender March 22-23rd.

Renowned Russian Puppet Director Maria Litvinova leads a two day masterclass in Russian shadow puppetry in London, England later this month.

Children and young adults can learn on-camera puppetry techniques at PuppetOOdle School in Canaberra, Australia beginning in May.

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