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.

Grandmas Garden

Grandmas Garden will be showing in knocknaheeny at 1 and 2pm on friday the 9th Seán is staying with his Grandmother for the first time while his mother is having a baby. He’s sad to be away from his games and his toys, and worried that he will have to share his parents with a new brother or sister. Things get worse when he finds out there are no computer games, DVD’s or even a television. Seán soon discovers his Grandma’s is a very special garden where he learns to play games and have fun without his toys; to make friends, and that sometimes, changing things can make them better.

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Dowtcha Puppet’s Youth Ensemble.

Dowtcha Puppet’s youth ensemble is a new Dowtcha initiative for young people between the age of 12-23. Members of the ensemble will have the opportunity to create productions under the tutelage of Dowtcha Puppet’s directors, (Cliff Dolliver & Davy Dummigan) and guest specialists in voice and puppetry performance. It will begin its existence in February 2016 with the aim of putting on a production of the The Underwater Shoes in The Cork Puppetry Festival 2016. The ensemble’s inaugural meeting will be on Sat the 30th of January 2016 at 2pm in the Mick Lynch Rehearsal Room at Dowtcha. All welcome. For more information please use the enquiry form below, or visit the Dowtcha Puppet’s Facebook page:

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Dublin St Patrick’s day 2016 ‘Coillte Nua’

Dowtcha’s presentation for this year’s Dublin Parade, is ‘Coillte Nua (New Forests)’ The idea came from a Dowtcha workshop where the young people participating expressed a desire to reforest Ireland – bringing back the ancient forests of times gone by. This inspired Dowtcha to imagine a future Ireland where we cherish and protect our natural resources.  An Ireland filled with green spaces, wild animals and beautiful oak trees, Coillte Nua.” Dowtcha will be looking for volunteers from Cork to be part of the parade, and assist with the build. If you’re are interested in getting involved please visit our volunteers page You can also keep up with all the latest new on our dedicated parade Facebook page.

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The Underwater Shoes in the Village Hall

The Underwater Shoes is a new show by the Dowtcha Youth Ensemble. Following debut performances at the Electric Picnic and the Cork Puppetry Festival, Dowtcha are bringing the show to the Village Hall in Cork. Based on a 16th century Irish folk tale, (adapted by renowned storyteller Clare Murphy) The Underwater Shoes features kings and castles, fairies, giant sea monsters and a spectacular underwater world. Tickets are €7 (€5 concessions) and the show is suitable for ages 5 years and up. To reserve tickets please call: 021 4322580, or email us at

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Dowtcha Puppets presents Cork’s First Puppet Pantomime SLEEPING BEAUTY Join Dowtcha for their wonderful new Christmas pantomime, performed with life size puppets! Winner of Cork’s ‘Miss Badness’ competition for 10 years running, fairy Beastlyboots puts a curse on Sleeping Beauty, sending her to sleep for 100 years. Only a kiss from a handsome prince can save the day; but the prince thinks kissing is soppy, and his noble horse is more interested in eating bags of crisps then rescuing people! Luckily the faeries at the bottom of the garden step in with their time travelling motor bike, but will it be enough to prevent Beastlyboots from ruining pantomimes for everyone?…

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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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