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.