Handspring Productions

Over the past 30 years Handspring Puppet Company has participated in the creation of over 16 theatre productions. Although the company has done some work for young audiences and for television, the majority of the work has been adult theatre. Outlined here is the company’s work for adult audiences, in chronological order of creation. Limited credits are mentioned for each production.

Or You Could Kiss Me

Or You Could Kiss Me In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men ...
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I Love You When You’re Breathing

I Love You When You’re Breathing I Love You When You’re Breathing audiences have the unique opportunity of seeing a ...
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War Horse

War Horse Set in Devon at the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert Narracott's beloved horse, is sold ...
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Tall Horse

Tall Horse Tall Horse is based on the life of a giraffe caught in the southern Sudan by the Viceroy ...
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The Chimp Project

The Chimp Project Trained in the art of sign language, Lisa, a sexually aware adolescent chimp, has outgrown her television ...
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Confessions of Zeno

Confessions of Zeno Confessions of Zeno explores the worlds of work and of erotic pleasure that sustain the life of ...
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Zeno at 4am

Zeno at 4am Zeno has perfect self-knowledge but is ineffective in applying this. This production is a shadow oratorio which ...
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Il Ritorno d’Ulisse

Il Ritorno d’Ulisse In Kentridge's version of Monteverdi’s work, Ulisse lies centre stage in a hospital bed in Johannesburg. His ...
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Ubu and the Truth Commission

Ubu and the Truth Commission Ubu and the Truth Commission combines puppetry, performance by live actors, music, animation and documentary ...
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Faustus in Africa

Faustus in Africa The legend of Faust is based on the story of the sixteenth-century learned scholar who squandered his ...
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Woyzeck on the Highveld

Woyzeck on the Highveld An adaptation of German writer Georg Buchner's famous play of jealousy, murder and the struggle of ...
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Starbrites!

Starbrites! A down-and-out musician, living in a Soweto shack, has his spirit rekindled by the infectious optimism of his adoring ...
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Tooth and Nail

Tooth and Nail An apocalyptic prediction of the chaos about to envelop pre-election South Africa. A life-size news photographer whose ...
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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of love triangles, fairies and kings is re-visioned with the Bambara and Bozo traditions ...
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Episodes of An Easter Rising

Episodes of an Easter Rising This was a string puppet version of a radio play by David Lytton. The play ...
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Our upcoming performances

War Horse – UK Tour – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

September 17 @ 8:00 pm - October 14 @ 11:00 pm

War Horse – UK Tour – Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

October 18 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm

War Horse – UK Tour – Liverpool Empire Theatre

November 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm