Performers & Schedule



MIPF are delighted to welcome Karromato and their Wooden Circus from the Czech Republic.

Acrobats! Exotic animals! Clowns! A circus full of imagination, energy, perfect timing, and surprises. The show dazzles with secret special effects from classic 19th century European marionette theatre. Beautiful wooden marionettes and traditional music will take you back in time to the golden age of puppetry.

Karromato are presented in conjunction with the Czech Embassy.

15:30 - Monkstown Parish Church



Animism, in association with IADT, present “Bronagh agus and Bean Sidhe”

A tale of the Irish legend of the banshee told through different perspectives. Using bunraku puppeteering and staged in the amazing setting of Monkstown Church of Ireland.

Animism will premier this production at MIPF 2019.

17:00 - Monkstown Parish Church




Kettle Fish

Kettle Fish will perform “Power Embodied”, a 30-minute street spectacular at dusk in the village square which we will close off to traffic.

Power Embodied will bring to life the ultimate symbols of power – the Yin and the Yang, the masculine and the feminine, light and dark – and the balance between them.

The production, supported by IADT, aims to creates a larger than life visualization of these primeval Gods we hope that the movement of these pieces through the space will give rise to questions of how we use our power on a spiritual level as well as a social and civic level.

19:00 - village square


Hot Water Bottle Theatre Company

Make a wish and transport yourself into another world with “Good Morning Mr. Moon.” A tale of desperation, transformation and unwitting power told through tricks, illusions, light, music and puppets. Proudly brought to you by Hot Water Bottle Theatre Company, in association with IADT and Monkstown International Puppet Festival.

13:00 / 14:30 / 16:00 / 17:30 - knox hall




Wanderly Wagon

Icon of the Irish psyche, we’ve tracked down the original Wanderly Wagon which will be in the village for the day.

Rumour has it Judge may even make an appearance!

Mid-day - 22:00 - village square


Lambert Puppet Theatre

A puppet festival in Monkstown would not be complete without Lambert Puppet Theatre who will perform a one-off show in the village.

The Lambert Family are what make Monkstown the spiritual home of puppetry in Ireland. With the recent closing of the theatre, this will be an emotional and rare appearance by some of our favourite puppets.

14:00 - Monkstown Parish Church




Punch & Judy Show

A firm family favourite, we will be hosting 3 free traditional Punch & Judy shows and other entertainment; two in the village square at 1pm and 4.30pm and one in the Elephant & Castle venue at 3pm.

If you are thinking of going to the show in the Elephant & Castle, make sure you arrive early as places are limited!

13:00 / 16:30 - village square
15:00 - elephant & castle


Fur City

Fur City is an improvised soap opera... with puppets! Completely made up on the spot based on audience suggestions, this hilarious soap parody features some of Ireland’s most talented comedy performers and a cast of puppet pals.

When a group of unemployed puppets contacted Shaffey (Kelly Shatter and Dave Coffey) in search of work, Shaffey decided to cast them in an improvised soap opera. To round out the cast, Kelly and Dave called up some of the best comedy performers around: Luke Benson, Tony Cantwell and Pearl O’Rourke. Fur City was born!

21:00 - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen




Louise Gold

Louise is an English master puppeteer, actress and singer whose career has spanned more than four decades. She is best known for her work as a puppeteer on television and for roles in musical theatre in the West End.

Louise trained as an actor at Arts Educational School but very early in her career she got a job with Jim Henson as one of the Muppet Performers on The Muppet Show (filmed at Elstree Studios) From then on she has combined both  acting and puppeteering. Most recently she played Yente in Trevor Nunns acclaimed production of "Fiddler on the Roof' at The Playhouse Theatre London. Directly before that she was one of the core performers on The Netflix prequel series to the filmThe Dark Crystal, 'Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance'. She was one of the original team that started Spitting Image, doing voices and puppeteering, worked on the recent Cbeebies show The Furchester Hotel playing Funella Furchester. She has appeared in many West End Shows including Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Assassins, The Cherry Orchard with the RSC.

15:00 Workshop - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen
Application Only - See “Festival Club” below

20:00 talk - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen

Nigel Plaskitt

Nigel is an English actor, puppeteer, producer, and both stage and television director. His voice and puppetry talents have appeared on television shows such as Pipkins, Spitting Image and Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet. He has also contributed to films such as Muppet Treasure Island, Labyrinth and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He has also been involved with the British Theatre, staging the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle, resident puppet consultant on the West End production of Avenue Q, and director of several shows, including Spitting Image colleague Louise Gold's cabaret act.

He assisted on the setting up of the international versions of Sesame Street, Spitting Image and The Muppet Show. He was animation director for Jim Henson's Creature Shop on the musical Doctor Dolittle with Phillip Schofield. He was Puppet Coach for Cameron Mackintosh’s West End Production and UK National Tours of ‘Avenue Q’ and for Verdant Productions Anglo - the Musical. He is producer and performer in the new pre-school children’s TV series Monty & Co.

15:00 Workshop - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen
Application Only - See “Festival Club” below

20:00 talk - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen



The Purty Kitchen will host our 2019 Festival Club.

Here we’ll host workshops in the afternoon by Nigel Plaskitt, Louise Gold and others.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop spaces are strictly limited, cost €15 per person and are available by application only to
If you are applying please tell us a little bit about your interest in puppets.

In the evening, the Festival Club is a ticketed event (LINK BELOW) - where there will be a talk with Nigel Plaskitt and Louise Gold, a performance by Fur City, and lots of other surprises on the night. OVER 18s event only.

15:00 Workshop - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen
Application only (See above)

20:00 talk - festival Club, The Purty Kitchen