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), Royal Shakespeare Company, Belfast International Children’s Festival, Lincoln Center (New York), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Arts Festival, amongst many others.
In 2018 Terrapin will perform to over 18,000 Tasmanian school students, touring our premiere production of A Not So Traditional Story by Palawa writer Nathan Maynard around the state. You and Me and The Space Between tours China, presented by premier presenter Art Space for Kids, followed by a Japan tour presented as part of the Australian Government’s Australia Now program. The Spider and The Fly premieres in June, in a work made especially for Tasmania’s Dark Mofo festival. Red Racing Hood hits the road in New South Wales and Victoria, followed by a tour to Hong Kong. In addition, we return to Amman, Jordan, for a co-production with The Haya Cultural Centre, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Council for Arab Australian Relations.