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Scaredy Cat flying through the clouds wearing a red cape

Hidden House Puppets

With Terrapin Puppet Theatre

School Holidays Puppetry Workshop  

Led by the artists from our Summer performance Scaredy Cat, you're invited to bring an object from home and transform this everyday household item into a superstar secret celebrity of the domestic world!

In the Centre for Creativity | Sydney Opera House Presents | Kids & Families

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
Maya Angelou

Did you know puppets are hiding in your home?

Tasmanian contemporary puppet theatre company Terrapin welcome you to this fun, surprising and inventive object theatre workshop. This two-hour object-theatre workshop focuses on creative play, in particular, re-imagining and bringing to life common everyday items found around the house.

Inspired by the creativity shown by many parents, guardians and carers during lockdown, this workshop reflects many peoples experience of repurposing and finding a new life in the most familiar of household items.

The workshop will begin with an introduction to the techniques of object theatre where participants learn to bring an object to life, which is then followed by simple storytelling and character activities. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants are invited to perform a 2-minute sequence of their story for the other participants, describing the personality and adventures of your new and improved household character!

While the kids are adding whiskers and imagining the stirring life of domestic divas, we encourage parents and guardians to enjoy a tea, coffee or cocktail within the Opera House precinct

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the Artist...


More about Sam Routledge...

This workshop is designed by Sam Routledge, Terrapin’s Artistic Director and Bryony Anderson, Resident Puppet Maker and will be led by the cast of Scaredy Cat, all expert object manipulators.

Inspired by a deep connection to the most imaginative and fantastic of art forms, an experience with Terrapin reminds us all that our ability to create something extraordinary is always with us, wherever we are. From their island home in Tasmania, Terrapin create worlds of creative adventure. Terrapin's in-theatre productions transport children and families to incredible places with narratives of adventure, humour and beauty. The company's interactive installations use simple technologies in dazzling ways to make audiences of all ages essential creators in transforming public space.

Terrapin engage the best people from a wide range of artistic backgrounds and practices in performance, design, construction, music composition and systems design. The energy and dynamic processes they use to craft our work are clearly reflected in the work itself; its providence and inventiveness woven throughout.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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