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.

Tír na Nollag, Bishop Lucey Park, Cork.

Step into a Celtic Christmas fairytale as we invite you to experience a mystical land where the spirit of Christmas lives amongst a fairy woodland. Watch as children look on in wonder, sneaking past larger than life toy solider’s guarding a fort which hides this enchanted fairy village. Greeted by the magical inhabitants of this fantasy land filled with music, visitors will experience a spectacle like none other, faery houses and the charm of childhood imagination brought to life. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 29th of November 2013 until Sunday 22nd December 4p.m – 8p.m.

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Bonfire Night 2014

Dowtcha are delighted to announce their plans for the bonfire night 2014 celebrations. Following positive responses to last year’s lantern-making workshops and parades, Cork City Council have asked Dowtcha back for an extended programme at this year’s festivities.  In the spirit of celebrating all things fiery, Dowtcha will be producing a range of  spectacular fire drawings and flammable bonfire sculptures as well as doing lantern-making workshops with local children. 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! To ensure the safety of our bonfire sculptures,…

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Cork Mad Pride Family Free Fun Day 2014

Dowtcha will once again participate in Cork’s Mad Pride Family Free Fun Day.  This event is held each year, “to engage the community through fun and laughter and thereby break down stigma and increase awareness and understanding of the normality of madness.”  The event will take place in the newly-renovated Fitzgerald’s Park, a fantastic opportunity to come down and admire the new gardens and pavilion. Dowtcha will hold a free puppet-making workshop for children. This is a fun, imaginative and inspiring workshop, where each child will make a simple rod puppet to take away with them.  Ever heard the expression “Laughter is the best medicine”?  Well, Dowtcha’s Gigglers will be…

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Fastnet Film Festival 2014

Dowtcha are delighted to have been invited back to Fastnet Film Festival in Schull this year.  Dowtcha will perform two Puppet shows – “Listen Janey Mac” and “Punch and Judy”, conduct rod-puppet making workshops and will also produce a claymation with children for screening at the closing ceremony.  This fantastic growing film festival is full of activities and screenings for children and adults alike, as well as industry events for film-makers and animators.  The theme of this years’ festival is “collaboration”, which is certainly reflected in our collaborative claymation workshop. Download the festival programme here for details of the times and locations of Dowtcha’s shows and workshops.  There’s plenty to…

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How the Mice Saved Christmas

Dowtcha Puppets are reviving the Mice!! Mick Lynch’s modern classic is back in the booth this Christmas, starting at the Blue Haven Hotel in Kinsale on Sunday the 14th of December (contact the Hotel for tickets) and ending up somewhere in Cork City!! Watch this space.

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