January 20, 2018

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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World’s Fair, Dublin June 1894

On this day…

Costumes of Chester and Lee Marionette Troupe held by BMTG.An entry in the entertainment trade newspaper, The Era, dated 23rd June 1894, describes the arrival at Dublin’s World Fair of the marionette company, Chester and Lee’s Imperial French Marionettes: “Worlds Fair, Dublin. Chester and Lee’s Imperial French marionettes commenced their season’s engagement on Monday last and are drawing large crowds, the marionettes being well manipulated.”

This puppet troupe were originally part of one of Bullock’s Marionettes, acquired by H. Chester and Clarence Lee at Hampstead Heath in 1864. They were reconditioned by Chester and Lee and opened again at Cremorne Gardens, London in 1869. They visited Dublin at various points from 1876 to 1905, playing at The Rotundo’s Concert Rooms and The People’s Music Hall.

Further infomation on this puppet company can be found in John McCormick’s Victorian Marionettes and in the archives of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild:

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PBS History of Making Marionettes

The History of Making Marionettes – from PBS:

The History of Making Marionettes

Gary Busk, puppet historian, collector, and restorer is the proud owner of over 1,000 marionettes.
In this ANTIQUES ROADSHOW bonus footage, Gary invites us into his workshop to discuss puppet construction and history.
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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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