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.

Simple Rod Puppet

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST This is our most popular and enduring workshop. It’s the one we’ve been hosting regularly at festivals, parties and events for generations of children. We’ve taken it as far as Glastonbury Festival and as close as our local park. It’s a very simple workshop that works with individuals or groups, in a public or private context, and most importantly, every participant finishes the workshop with a character of their own unique creation, and that can be very special for all sorts of reasons. It’s also just the beginning of the fun! This versatile workshop designed for participants 5 years to adult, is suitable for parties, class rooms…

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AVAILABLE ON REQUEST Marionettes can be made with varying levels of complexity. This workshop is suitable for a secondary school project. It can be completed in a standard art room with minimal woodworking equipment, or in a woodwork room. Marionettes are often carved from wood, and although this is a highly specialised skill requiring particular equipment it is also possible to manufacture the more complex parts in alternative materials and carve some or all of the body and limbs to have a basic experience of wood carving and successful articulation. Further simplifications are also possible to make strung puppets from found objects. We can offer a number of versions of…

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The Dowtcha Youth Ensemble

                The Dowtcha Youth Ensemble was established in 2015 and is a group for young theatre makers (between the age of 12 and 23 ) who have an interest in puppetry. The ensemble meet on a weekly basis to create puppetry productions under the tutelage of Dowtcha puppeteers and with support from industry professionals. The ensemble runs from March to September and welcomes new members every year. For further details and to apply to join the ensemble, please contact: Tel: 021 432 2580 Email: Production History In 2016 the ensemble produced ‘The Underwater Shoes’ which was performed to great acclaim at the Cork Puppetry…

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Lightweight Head and Hand Puppet

Available on Request This workshop is developed for the leaving certificate puppetry project to be completed in a standard art room. It’s an innovative Dowtcha design that makes a large lightweight head with a direct control on moving jaw from inexpensive materials. It can be integrated into a variety of puppet styles; a head with hands controlled by rods (muppet style), a head on a shirt with human or gloved hands (like the Dolmio ads) giant or parade puppets. This workshop is designed for leaving certificate students, but can be adapted for slightly younger students or adult groups. A head is built from clay built around a corriboard jaw, the…

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Introduction to Puppetry and Puppet Play

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST This is a show and tell from the Dowtcha archives where we bring a range of puppets to your venue. It’s a great way to start a puppetry project and can be pitched at a variety of levels. We’ll come to you and demonstrate the basic types of puppets and how they work; rod puppets, glove puppets, hand and rod puppets, marionettes, shadows and parade puppets. While this is all very informative, the best part is we’ll let you play with them too! It can be varied to suit any audience and backed up with relevant support material; from power point presentations, to study notes or activity…

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Inter-Generational Puppetry Course

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST Dowtcha have developed a 10 to 12 week workshop programme for inter-generational participants. This creative arts project facilitates inter-generational communication via the medium of story  telling and puppetry. It explores and encourages aural history, helps to develop a sense of place and of history, and promotes feelings of dignity, pride respect and purpose. Timely reminder of the enormous contribution the older person has makes to Irish society and highlights the potential for further initiatives in this regard. The project can cater for 16 participants at a time and costs €k2.5 to deliver per programme. The sequence of the sessions is: Intro and stories / story sharing Story sharing…

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