Puppetry festival returns this August

Puppetry festival returns this August
Beth O'Riordan and Beth Harte-Barry with Anna Amy Daveri pictured in the sun at the launch of the 5th Cork Puppetry Festival, which is organised by Dowtcha Puppets and will take place from August 3rd to August 6th.

THIS year’s Cork Puppetry Festival will take to the streets of Cork with outdoor puppet shows taking place all over the city in locations such as Bishop Lucey Park, St Peter’s on North Main Street and Fitzgerald Park.

Now in its fifth year, the festival will take place from August 3 to August 6 and will present a fantastic programme of puppet shows, workshops and performances for children and for adults.

For the first time ever, a Puppets Parade of large and small puppets will take place at the Puppets Picnic in Fitzgerald Park on Monday, August 6.

Interactive puppet booths will also be on display throughout the city where members of the public can stage their own puppet shows.

Organised by Dowtcha Puppets, the Cork Puppetry Festival is a showcase of Irish and international puppet companies and this year, puppeteers from Ireland, Bulgaria, South America, Spain, France and Northern Ireland will perform at the festival.

Giant Puppet and Finger Puppet Workshops will also take place throughout the festival.

Young children will be mesmerized by the Cork Puppetry Festival as fairy stories and folklore are brought to life by puppets.

Banyan Theatre Company from Northern Ireland will perform the much-loved story of Red Riding Hood.

Meanwhile, ‘Are You Sleeping’ which will be performed by French Puppeteer Nina la Gaine, tells the story of a young puppet who just wants a nap. Older children will enjoy Murroch an Currach, by Dowtcha Puppets which is set in the West of Ireland and tells the story of a young islander Páid who tries to save the lives of stranded ferry boat passengers.

Friendly giant puppets will roam through Bishop Lucey Park, from August 3 to 5, and children will have the opportunity to make their own finger puppets, create a story and film it in special Puppet Booths in the Park.

Meanwhile, Dowtcha Youth Ensemble will create and perform a series of wonderful three-minute vignettes.

The festival will finish with its popular Puppets Picnic in Fitzgerald Park on Monday, August 6.

For tickets see www.corkpuppetryfestival.com.

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