About Terrapin

Before we walk, crawl, speak, read or write, we are puppeteers. As soon as we can hold objects, we bring them to life, making the impossible possible using just our hands.

Inspired by a deep connection to the most imaginative and fantastic of artforms, an experience with Terrapin reminds us all that our ability to create something extraordinary is always with us, wherever we are.


From our island home in Tasmania, we create worlds of creative adventure. Our in-theatre productions transport children and families to incredible places with narratives of adventure, humour and beauty. Our interactive installations use simple technologies in dazzling ways to make audiences of all ages essential creators in transforming public space.


We engage the best people from a wide range of artistic backgrounds and practices in performance, design, construction, music composition and systems design.The energy and dynamic processes we use to craft our work are clearly reflected in the work itself; its providence and inventiveness woven throughout.


As unique as the remote place in which it is made, our creations are universally resonant in their themes, sense of humour and popularity. We present to diverse audiences far and wide; from Hobart’s Dark Mofo to The Lincoln Centre in New York, the Taipei Children’s Art Festival to the Sydney Opera House and from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to Flinders Island in the Bass Strait.


Alongside our touring work, we are committed to supporting local and national artists; welcoming resident, associate, and trainee artists to join us in exploring our art form and the world.

A Milestone Birthday

Terrapin celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021. Read more about the history of the company and its directors.


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