Wanderly Wagon, Fur City, Lambert Puppet Theatre and so much more at Monkstown Puppet Festival

Wanderly Wagon

Fur City

Lambert Puppet Theatre

Master Puppeteers Louise Gold

& Nigel Plaskitt

Plus so much more

See them all at the inaugural

Monkstown International Puppet Festival 2019

Tickets on sale 10am Thursday 18th June 2019

from https://www.mipf.ie/

You would be a muppet to miss out on the first Monkstown International Puppet Festival! Taking place in the Dublin suburb of Monkstown on 21st September, in the spiritual home of Irish puppetry,  Monkstown International Puppet Festival (MIPF) is filled to the brim with Irish and international puppet legends, the next generation of Irish puppeteers and the masters of it all.

  • Many adults in Ireland will have fond memories of growing up with the famous Lambert Puppet Theatre being a very huge part of Irish childhood life.
  • What’s more, having scoured the country MIPF organisers have tracked down the original Wanderly Wagon, an icon of Irish childhoods –  rumour has it Judge will even make an appearance!
  • Master puppeteers Louise Gold and Nigel Plaskitt have between them transformed the face of puppetry worldwide. Louise started her career at the Jim Henson studio as none other than one of The Muppets puppeteers. She was one of the core performers on The Netflix prequel series to the film The Dark Crystal, ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
  • Louise also worked on Spitting Image with fellow master puppeteer Nigel Plaskitt. Nigel’s credits include puppet coach for Anglo The Musical, Avenue Q and He was animation director for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and on the musical Doctor Dolittle with Phillip Schofield.
  • Hailing from Dublin, new puppet improvisation group “Fur City” is sure to have them rolling in the aisles at their improvised soap opera.
  • Kettle Fish Productions will perform “Power Embodied”, a 30-minute street spectacular at dusk in the village square which will be closed off to traffic.
  • Animism, in association with IADT, present “Bronagh agus and Bean Sidhe”, a tale of the Irish legend of the banshee told through different perspectives.
  • Karromato and their Wooden Circus travel all the way from the Czech Republic to MIPF. Acrobats! Exotic animals! Clowns! A circus full of imagination, energy, perfect timing, and surprises.
  • Hot Water Bottle Theatre Company, in association with IADT transport you into another world with “Good Morning Mr Moon,” a tale of desperation, transformation and unwitting power told through tricks, illusions, light, music and puppets.  
  • And no puppet festival would be complete without a traditional Punch and Judy show!
  • Lots more to be announced over the coming months.

Speaking at the launch, Festival Director Roger Duggan said “Puppetry offers all ages and families opportunities to engage, from formal talks to workshops, family

shows and late evening acts. Monkstown, has a heritage of puppetry, and is synonymous in people’s minds with puppetry. There is strong community buy in for the project, with venues, community groups and the public offering strong support from the outset.”

For tickets and further details of free events go to https://www.mipf.ie/

Tickets on sale 10am Thursday 18th June 2019

from https://www.mipf.ie/


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