Puppet Shows

Dowtcha’s  puppet shows have become the heart of the company. They work in Cork for the same reason that puppetry has worked for humans for millennia, it’s fun, it’s a reflection of ourselves and our endeavours, and is a great way to share skills , stories and knowledge.

Eachtraí o Oileán Aráin (Bread Island)

  FÁILTE GO hOILEÁN ARÁIN, ATÁ SUITE AMUIGH Ó CHÓSTA IARTHAR NA hÉIREANN.  OILEÁN AR LEITH IS EA É INA bhFUIL NA DAOINE AGUS AN NÁDÚR I gCOMHCHEOL LE CHÉILE.  LE MUIR GLAN, AER ÚR AGUS TALAMH MAITH, NÍ hAON IONADH GUR FOLLÁIN AGUS LÁIDIR MUINTIR AN OILEÁIN.  ÁIT DHRAÍOCHTA IS EA Í AGUS Í LÁN LE SCÉALTA AGUS STAIR AGUS SAIBHREAS TRADAISIÚIN.  TÁ MEAS MÓR AG MUINTIR OILEÁN ARÁIN AR AN MÉID A CHUAIGH ROMPU ACH TÁ SIAD SÁSTA AGHAIDH A THABHAIRT AR NÓSANNA NUA CHOMH MAITH. ACH NÍ MARASHÍLTEAR ABHÍTEAR.  TÁ AN t-OILEAN I mBAOL! TÁ SPIORAD,MARFACH-AN CEO CODLATA-AG TEACHT!  TÁ AN BÁD FARANTÓIREACHTA CURTHA FAOI GHEASA AGUS…

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Listen Janey Mac

See the history of Cork and Ireland with Janey Mac! Janey Mac and her puppy ‘Pepper’ make a wish in the magical stone circle in Aunty Megan’s back yard and find themselves transported back in time, trying to find each other and their way home. Janey meets a boy who lives in a ring fort who has trouble concentrating on his chores; helps Finbar and Dunbar pick a spot to build their church  and has to rescue Pepper from the clutches of Gobnet, queen of the medieval slums; and still gets home in time for tea. “Listen Janey Mac” is a charming, fun exploration of the history of Cork City…

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Punch and Judy

After ten years of being asked “Do you do Punch and Judy shows?”  What could we say? “That’s the way to do it!!” “Kissy, kissy, kissy!!” And “Judy, Judy, Judy!!” of course…… This is the only non-original piece in the DOWTCHA puppets repertoire but it is Mr Punch’s 350th birthday, it is a right of passage for all puppeteers, everyone wants to see it, and heck, we kind of like him even if he is bold! That scoundrel Mr Punch is still up to his wicked lazy ways, dodging his share of baby minding and chores, mistreating his family and tricking every one who comes to try and sort him out. He’s…

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Lovebirds

Lovebirds is a comic outdoor piece about the mating rituals of Cork seagulls. Featuring romance, classic tunes and hilarious dance moves it will delight kids and adults alike. The piece is presented by three performers; two seagulls and an ‘expert’ in natural history. A booking for Lovebirds involves two ten minute shows with a roaming promenade performance between.

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Past Shows

Grandmas Garden Grandma’s Garden is a delightful puppet show for younger audiences. 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. “Grandma’s Garden”  is full of…

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