October 23, 2018

Eve Molony Award

Many congratulations to Eve Molony on her Children’s Books Ireland award for her inspiring service as volunteer Librarian at Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles.

The Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre is one of many who have benefited from Eve’s encouragement and enthusiasm for books, music theatre and the arts.

Thank you, Eve!

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Visit to St Oliver Plunkett NS

“Both children and teachers were thoroughly enchanted by your magical performance. The characters were hilarious and the intricacy of the movement of the marionettes really captivated the audience. We are already thinking about when we can book you next.”

– a wonderful response from St Oliver Plunkett National School, following our recent visit.

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New Brochures!

Delighted with our new brochures – winging their way to Primary Schools across the country.

Many thanks to JayCee Print for their speedy turnaround and excellent finish.

Moon & Sixpence brochure


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Macnas Dublin Parade

Macnas combine puppetry, theatre and pageant to create a unique Irish experience…

The company will perform in Dublin’s Henry Street at 5:30pm on Monday, 31st October 2106 as part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Why not watch the parade when going home from Moon & Sixpence’s marionette performances at the Phoenix Park at 2pm and 3:30pm?



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Jacqueline & the Beanstalk at Phoenix Park

Jacqueline & the Beanstalk imageIreland’s travelling marionette theatre, The Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre, present “Jacqueline & the Beanstalk” at the Phoenix Park visitors Centre.

Marionette performances are at 2pm & 3:30pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st October 2016.

Each performance lasts 45 minutes and admission is free.

“Jacqueline and the Beanstalk” is a re-telling of the classic story that upturns the gender-stereotyping of traditional fairy tales! This marionette production also tackles the issue of bullying, showing how it can be overcome with the help of friends, and how bullies can change their ways when they realise the pain they cause. As with every Moon & Sixpence marionette production, this live show, performed live with music and sound effects, is filled with humour and audience interaction.

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Summer 2015


Ireland’s travelling marionette theatre, The Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre, had a busy summer with performances at festivals, events and libraries across the country. Included in our journey were performances at the Irish Open Golf Championships, the Ennis Street Festival, the Harvest Festival in Waterford, the Promenade Festival in Tramore, and Terryglas Arts Festival. We also provided a series of library performances in Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshauglin, Kells, Oldcastle, Navan and Trim.

After a busy summer season, we look forward to visiting Primary Schools around the country in the coming months…

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Bullock’s Royal Marionettes: Dublin 1878

Bullocks Royal Marionettes ProgrammeOn this month…
September 1878 saw a visit to Dublin by Bullock’s Royal Marionettes, who performed, at 3pm and 8pm daily, in the Rotunda’s Concert Rooms (now the Ambassador Cinema) in Dublin.
An Irish Times review, 24th September 1878, reads:
“The Royal Marionettes, or Puppets, are wonderful things in their way. Many of them are life-sized and so well formed as that at first sight they appear to the uninitiated as almost animated. The Ballet Dance is a cleaver arrangement and as for the various pantomimic tricks, they are really marvels.”

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Promenade Festival

Promenade FestivalWe’re off to the Promenade Festival in Tramore this weekend, where we will perform at 2:30pm on Sunday. The festival takes place along the prom of one of Ireland’s best known seaside towns. A packed weekend includes a spectacular air show and themed entertainment areas, including a “Puppet Street” on Strand Street, where the Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre will join other Irish puppet companies to entertain the families of the 25,000 people who attend this arts and entertainment event.


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Ennis Street Festival

final logo ennis street festival.aiWe’re at the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis today, as part of the Ennis Street Festival. The town is alive with all sorts of music and theatre and we’re delighted to be part of it.

We’re performing our quirky version of Red Riding Hood at 4pm and 6pm – a performance for the young and old!

More details at:


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Returning to The Source

IMG_0015 croppedIreland’s travelling marionette theatre are returning to their roots – or to “The Source” – when we will be part of the Family Fun Day at The Source Arts Centre and Library in Thurles on Saturday, 20th June 2015.

We hope to bring a traditional fairytale to life when the Moon & Sixpence Puppet Theatre will perform our version of Red Riding Hood at 1:30pm and 3pm.

The production is a cheeky version of Red Riding Hood, which features the classic fairy-tale characters and a talking dustbin, who encourages children to pick up litter. This string puppet production includes a moral in the tale, showing the importance of patience and friendship. The show, lasting fifty minutes, is performed live with music and sound effects and draws plenty of audience participation, as much from adults as from children.

The origins of the Moon and Sixpence Puppet Theatre go back to the early 1980s and was the brainchild of two young men from Tipperary, Pat Lanigan-Ryan and Martin Molony. Originally based in Thurles, the two friends set up Ireland’s only travelling marionette theatre, visiting schools and festivals in the four corners of Ireland.

We’re delighted to be going “home” on Saturday. If you’re in the area, do drop by!


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