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 St Patrick’s Day parade workshops 2014

      We’re very excited about our plans for Paddy’s Day 2014! For the Cork St Patrick’s day Parade we’ve responded to the theme of “Legends” with “The Tractor Factor”, a pageant celebrating the work and workers of the early days of the legendary Cork plant – the Fordson Tractor factory. This iconic building is where our parade workshops will actually be taking place. Thirty years after the closure of the Ford factory, the old building will be all bustle once again as artists, costume designers and float builders prepare to celebrate a proud part of Cork’s heritage. Dublin won’t lose out either, with our take on the theme…

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Cork St Patrick’s Day 2016 ‘Happy Out’

Dowtcha’s presentation for this year’s Cork Parade, is ‘Happy Out’ a light-hearted piece celebrating ‘liberty’ as the legacy of the 1916 rising. It’s about our love for our country, having the craic, chatting about the weather, and having the right to be ourselves however silly it might be. It’s also promises to be our biggest and most spectacular Cork pageant yet! Dowtcha will be looking for volunteers to be part of the parade, and assist with the build. If you’re are interested in getting involved please contact our production team: 0214322580 You can also keep up with all the latest new on our dedicated parade Facebook page.

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Dragon of Shandon Parade

Carnival Arts, Dragon of Shandon, Babs and Banshees Dowtcha Puppets are proud to be involved with Cork Community Art Link and the Dragon of Shandon project again. As our contribution, we plan to remake last year’s ‘Barrack Street Banshees’ and are developing a new design for ‘South-side Soul Traps’. We’ll be recruiting a Dowtcha team to rebuild the big Banshees and develop new routines for them. In addition, we hope to work with Art Link to find a school or community group to build and perform a set of smaller, lighter banshees. The Soul Traps are a fresh design that involves some new technology, so we’d hope to prototype them…

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Preview of Lapse

Dowtcha Puppets first show for an adult audience will be shown to the public for the first time.

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Preview of Murroch An Currach

Our first show as Gaeilge is previewed to a selected audience for consultation If you are an Irish language educator or arts facilitator and would like to come and see this production in development, contact us for an invite.

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Teacher Training Workshops

In each four-hour session two facilitators will cover Marionettes, Glove Puppets, and Hand & Rod Puppets in an intensive workshop designed for teachers but open to the public.

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