Established in 1981, Terrapin is the centre of excellence for contemporary puppetry in Australia, creating puppetry-based performances for all ages.
Terrapin makes contemporary puppetry for young audiences, touring nationally and internationally. It creates work for theatres, and interactive installations for public spaces, telling sophisticated stories of humour and pathos and embracing new technologies inspired by the age-old craft of puppetry.
Terrapin designs its productions to tour and aims to have its work presented to diverse audiences globally. Many of its works are designed so they can be presented in languages other than English through the engagement of local artists wherever the work is presented.
The company’s work has been presented by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Taipei Children’s Art Festival, Festival De Betovering (The Netherlands), Belfast International Children’s Festival, Lincoln Centre (New York), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Arts Festival, amongst many others. In 2017, the company presented a bespoke version of its interactive installation I Think I Can at the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon.
2018 will see Terrapin visit over 17,000 Tasmanian school students with “A Not So Traditional Story” by Palawa writer Nathan Maynard. “You and Me and The Space Between” will tour China for 8 weeks, “The Spider and The Fly” will be presented in conjunction with Dark Mofo here in Tasmania, “Red Racing Hood” will be on the road in New South Wales and Victoria, and then “You and Me and The Space Between” will once again take off, this time to Japan. We’ll then be returning to Jordan after a successful 2017 visit, and finally, ‘Red Racing Hood” will head to Hong Kong. We look forward to seeing you somewhere in the world in the next 12 months!