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.

2015 St Patrick’s Day Launch

        Dowtcha’s St Patrick’s Day parade plans for Cork and Dublin will be launched in the Cork Civic Trust House on the 3rd of February at 7pm. The event is free and open to all! Take a look at Dowtcha’s beautiful 2015 pageant designs, sign up to participate, meet the team and meet other participants too. There will also be information about the 2015 Mas camps: Mas camps (masquerade camps) are a carnival tradition; a temporary community access workshop for people to make their own costumes, build floats, rehearse music and develop performances. Looking forward to seeing you there

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Cash Culture

Dowtcha presents: €A$H €ULTUR€ This pageant represents another stage in the evolution of DOWTCHA as Cork’s street theatre company. Our new storage facility allows us to make use of existing costumes, floats and puppets for the 2015 parade. This way we are able to put more effort into people on the street, better prepared and, with less pressure on construction, we can put more resources into community contacts, recruitment, skill development and rehearsals. Which all means this should be our most exciting pageant yet! Dowtcha’s response to the theme ‘Cultures’ is ‘€A$H €ULTUR€’… €A$H €ULTUR€ This is the story of the Celtic Tiger…. The tiger cast an enchantment over the people,…

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Culture Night

Puppets from this years St Patrick’s Day Parade will be on display and dancing outside City Hall. Get up close and personal with some of the infamous parade characters from Dowtcha’s stable.

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The designs for floats puppets and costumes will be unveiled, along with examples from last year. There will be information on how individuals or school groups can get involved in the parades or the preparation. The making and preparation happens at the DOWTCHA mas camps, on Saturday afternoons from February the 2nd until St Patricks Day in the Marina Commercial Park.

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Bonfire Night Lanterns

Cork City Council has commissioned DOWTCHA to hold lantern making workshops in five local communities and parade the results at their BONFIRE NIGHT events. The lucky communities are; Farranree, Knocknaheeny, Mahon, Mayfield and Togher

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Eachtraí ó Oileán Aráin

We would like to invite you all to come and see the preview of our exciting new irish language puppet show as part of Culture Night, Friday 20th Sept at Cork City Hall, 7pm. Bá mhaith linn fáilte a chuir roimh gach duine chuig réamhthaispeántas seó corraitheach nua puipéid, trí mhéan na gaeilge, ag Halla Cathrach chorcaí, 20ú Meán Fómhair, 7 o chlog.

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