Here at Dowtcha we believe in passing on skills and the empowering nature of making and performing. We started with a simple puppet making in the park about ten years ago and are now writing and presenting longer courses for specific groups.

We’ve developed a series of workshops and courses based around puppetry, carnival and community arts for a variety of clients and aim to expand that program as far as we possibly can. We hope in the not too distant future to set up a National Puppetry Centre in Cork to further that objective.

Davy Dummigan and Cliff Dolliver are both registered teachers and all our facilitators are Garda vetted and fully trained in our techniques and child protection policy.

Dowtcha Youth Ensemble: Street Performance Workshops

Dowtcha Puppets Youth Ensemble enrolling new members for 2017. The Dowtcha Puppets Youth Ensemble is a free initiative for young people between the ages of 12-23. The ensemble began in 2016 and produced a puppet show called ‘The Underwater Shoes’ that was performed at the Cork Puppetry festival and the Electric Picnic. In 2017 the Ensemble will perform alongside Dowtcha in the St Patrick’s Day parade! In preparation Dowtcha will be running Promenade Performance workshops, (every Saturday at 12noon) with the ensemble from the 4th of February to the 11th of March. During these workshops Dowtcha will be welcoming new members to the ensemble; so if you’ve ever wondered how…

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Finger puppets making workshop

This Saturday 23rd there will be a free finger puppets making workshop in Market Green Shopping Centre, Midleton from 2-4pm! If your in the area bring along some kids for some creative fun! Pictured: A little girl called Sophie’s amazing panda puppet from our last finger puppets workshop smile emoticon great work Sophie and thanks to all the boys and girls who sent us in photos of there amazing puppets they made

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Listen Janey Mac

This Saturday, Listen Janey Mac will be preformed in the Adare Library Limerick at 11am a charming, fun exploration of the history of Ireland Perfect to be part of the “Feile Na Maighe festival” which celebrates the unique culture, history and heritage of the area

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Rod-puppet making workshop

Mad Pride Ireland’s annual Free Family Fun Day takes place in on Sunday 24th! And as usual you’ll be able to find our free Rod-puppet making workshop! You shouldn’t have much trouble finding us as our giant Waiter and the Chef are making their Cork debuts and should be easy to spot! Lets hope for a sunny weekend filled with creative family fun!

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The X-Tractor will take place at Emmet Place on Friday 12 June Performances at 1pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm Puppets go head to head on-front of our judges to see which one of them has the X-Tractor factor for stardom!

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Bonfire Night 2015

In the spirit of celebrating all things fiery, Dowtcha will be producing a range of spectacular and flammable bonfire sculptures as well as doing willow sculpture workshops with local children to be displayed at some of the bonfire events. Dowtcha will work in five areas around Cork: Mahon, Togher, Farranree, Knocknaheeny and Mayfield. The bonfire night celebrations in parks in these communities are fun, free family events – well worth a visit! Looking forward to seeing you for Bonfire Night 2015.

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