Touring Tasmanian schools in 2019

King Ubu

Mona Foma 2020

Writing for Puppetry

Hobart Hobart

Writing for Puppetry Program    Terrapin works with puppetry because it uses empathy to destroy reason.   So we can believe that something is alive that is not.   So we can be reminded of our collective humanity by something that doesn't have it, but seems to deserve it.   Terrapin works with writers, theatre-makers […]

How We Found What We Had Lost

  How We Found What We Had Lost engages with extinction and the decline of humans from the planet through the creation of a world that is very much alive, but has none of us in it. Using hacked kitchen appliances, puppetry and simple robotics, a mysterious automated environment comes to life as we listen to a story about the last […]

Loft Hire

LOFT HIRETerrapin welcomes Tasmanian artists to hire our charming heritage loft, and also welcomes hires for non-public events such as organisational meetings and planning days.LocationOur loft is located on the top floor of the Salamanca Arts Centre in Battery Point, Hobart.SizeDimensions of the space are approximately 9m x 12m.SuitabilityThe Loft is suitable for rehearsals and […]

Now and Tomorrow

EVERYTHING MUST BE PINK! Kimo is a collector. A collector of pink. EVERYTHING MUST BE PINK! But when Hanin arrives, she is not pink. And she’s not going anywhere. Created by Terrapin (Australia) and the Haya Cultural Centre (Jordan), Now and Tomorrow tells the story of two very different people who must work together […]

Red Racing Hood

    WINNER!2016 TASMANIAN THEATRE AWARDS:BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BEST DESIGN   Playwright Sean Munro reimagines everyone’s favourite characters from the famous fairytale into the small town of Grinalong. When the new mayor announces the return of the local motor race, the Grinalong Classic, the whole town is excited. But the race will go through Tangled Woods, where […]

I Think I Can

What would you like to BE today?   I Think I Can is an interactive installation that places miniature model railway layouts in public spaces, railway stations and arts centres, inviting the public to engage and play by becoming temporary residents via a tiny puppet.   Through puppetry, live video, and active audience interaction, this […]

The Riddle of Washpool Gully Photo by Peter Mathew based on an image by Sean Dowling........................................................ Far beyond the outskirts of the big city, near a tiny town that nearly everyone forgot, lay a dry creek bed of no special significance.Once upon a time it was called Washpool Gully. But the world had moved on from insignificant things, and no one had […]

You and Me and the Space Between

// Part play, part picture book and all wondrous fun. A magical story of an adventurous girl unfolds as an illustrator draws the pictures live in front of our eyes!   The island is sinking. Its adults are useless. Time for the kids to save the day. The island of Proud Circle springs a leak […]

The Spider & The Fly

// A puppet show of Mary Howitt’s creepy little fable of flattery, charm and hunger... ........................................................Presented at Dark Mofo, 2018.Director: Sam RoutledgeComposer: Dylan SheridanPuppet Design & Construction: Gabbee StolpWith Jesse Dugan, Rosie Grace + Bella Young  Friday 15–Sunday 17 June, 5–10pmThursday 21–Saturday 23 June, 5–10pmDark Park, Macquarie Point Free........................................................

Storm Chasers

// Storm Chasers is a unique performance for children, inspired by Prospero’s Library. Storm Chasers is an adaptable performance that unlocks stories from objects collected by museums, libraries and cultural institutions. First developed in residence at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and performed as part of their award-winning Tempest exhibition, Storm Chasers brought the precious objects in […]

Shadow Photo Booth

// Shadow Photo Booth is a fun and inventive take on the family portrait!Get dressed up, step behind the screen and strike a pose as you and your family are photographed in silhouette, creating a memorable image for you to take home.Shadow Photo Booth can be seen at conferences, festivals and events.  Shadow Photo Booth was […]


//  Boats is a story about a man called Jof, told by his friend Nic. The two of them are life-long friends and sailors. They met through bizarre circumstances involving a chicken, a deserted island and a sombrero. It is a story of two mariners fleeing their past and embracing adventure.WINNER! 2012 HELPMANN AWARD: BEST […]

Big Baby

// <![CDATA[ _// Once upon a time there was a baby. Only this was no ordinary baby.This was a GIANT baby who would save the world! Some days you feel really big and some days you feel really small.Big Baby tells the funny and moving story of a Baby that is too big. Raised by her […]

Sleeping Horses Lie

// Sleeping Horses Lie .... is a visual action-packed delight.Told in classic story -book fashion, but with generous lashings of pantomime, clown, slapstick, character puppetry and digital animation, the performers Bryony Geeves and Kai Raisbeck, as brother and sister Wilbur and Wilma, tell this complex but rollicking tale with great vigor. Punctuated by moments of […]


// Oslo Rogers has a very fun mum called Ruthy, and lives in a very fun town called Mellingong. But now a very unfun problem (called a big approaching storm) is forcing everyone to head for The Clondike, the big town hall on the hill.And they can only take a few important things each – […]

Pip & Pooch

A heartwarming tale of friendship, family and flying dogs!When a dog arrives out of nowhere on her birthday, Pip isn’t sure how to react. But the wisecracking Pooch wins her over with common sense that could only have come from stretches at the local pound. But when Snooty, leader of a girl gang, sees a […]

Shadow Dreams

A unique and inspiring performance by Tasmania’s two leading arts companies that takes place simultaneously in two cities, linked by high-speed broadband. Dale, a Tasmanian Aboriginal boy, has one life, living on a hill in the bush. Pete has another, living on a hill in the city. Two boys, in two different parts of Tassie, […]

Helena and the Journey of the Hello

    The beautiful and awkward moment where a child crosses over and begins the journey to adulthood. For Helena Bugosi that moment happens in an instant and in this instant Helena makes a powerful choice. While this is the journey of Helena Bugosi, an eleven year old girl who possesses a magical voice, it […]

Tell us your story!

// What’s your favourite Terrapin memory?  What shows do you remember seeing at your school?  What does Terrapin mean to you?       For 35 years, Terrapin Puppet Theatre has been telling stories to Tasmanian School Children and now Terrapin wants YOU to tell US a story.It has been said that if you went to primary school in […]

Australian Contemporary Puppetry Residency

 The Australian Contemporary Puppetry Residency was established by Terrapin in 2017 to support the development of new contemporary puppetry projects in Australia. This annual residency is open to Australian individual artists and independent organisations and ensembles working in theatre, dance, live art or contemporary performance. As its central aim is art-form development, proposed projects can […]

Professional Development Program

Puppet Design and Construction Professional Development Program In 2018/2019 Terrapin welcomes three Tasmanian artists and makers to undertake a funded program of professional development in puppet design and construction. Working with experienced puppet makers, participants will develop their skills with the aim of increasing the capacity for puppet design and construction in Tasmania. Terrapin is […]


// I Think I CanJuly 25 - August 5 | Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-AvonWhat would you like to be today?The Riddle of Washpool GullyJuly-September | Tasmanian schoolsSomething long asleep has decided to wake up!All this Coming and GoingAugust 30 - September 2  | Aarhus, DenmarkA unique international collaboration.You and Me and the Space BetweenWatch this space!Part play, part picture book, and […]

Shadow Play

Tasmanian schools Tasmanian schools

Shadow Play with Terrapin   A new creative workshop for Grades 3 and 4 Terrapin’s workshop series opens a world of storytelling potential to teachers and students through the medium of shadow puppetry, a form that can easily be explored further at home or in the classroom. Students will experience a taster of all the […]

Ubu Studio @ Mona Foma

a pre-war costume-making workshop     In preparation for King Ubu at MONA FOMA 2020, Terrapin mustered festival-goers to assist in creating preposterous armour from recycled and salvaged objects. Participants' creations featured in King Ubu, performed over three summer nights in Cataract Gorge, Launceston. PAST WORKSHOP 2020: 18 – 20 January School of Creative Arts, Launceston Created by: Bryony […]

Infinite Monster

Scribble and scrawl a section of our gigantic monster, projected high up above the crowds as it rots away before your very eyes.   Three tents. Three participants. Two minutes to draw, scribble or scrawl your contribution to an ever-changing monster projected in real time on a gigantic tower of LCD screens. In this extra-special […]

Tip Duck

Junction Arts Festival

THE WORLD'S FIRST RUBBISH-COLLECTING IBIS This is Jeremy’s big moment. He finally has an idea that will make him rich. I.B.I.S (International Bin Integration Services) will train birds commonly known as Tip Ducks to keep our world clean and tidy. Enter Ibsen, the world’s first rubbish-collecting Ibis. But on launch day everything goes […]

The Right Amount of Worry

Terrapin Loft, Salamanca Arts Centre

WE NEED YOU(TH)   Terrapin is inviting 8-to-12-year-olds to a week of big thinking. What fills the hearts and minds of young people? We’re interested in that vital space that exists after awareness and before anxiety - the space of fierce passion and action. Over three days of theatre games, workshops and discussion, we will […]

Forever Young: Exploring Puppetry in Aged Care Settings

Tasmania Tasmania

PUPPETRY IS NOT JUST CHILD'S PLAY.     Tasmania’s population is ageing. It is the oldest state or territory in Australia and its population structure is ageing faster than anywhere else: almost 20% of Tasmania’s population is over 65. There are many opportunities and challenges that come with an ageing population and there we see […]

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