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Masks, puppets and performing objects are one of the most ancient and popular forms of theatre. They are vibrant, living, breathing and subversive; playing a major role in modern theatre, film, television and the media.  This exhibition chronicles the history of the world’s oldest theatrical tradition, in the context of its contemporary relevance.  Capturing the magic of masks and puppets, we have created an exhibition to excite and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds.​

The Magic of Masks & Puppets

This Touring Exhibition includes:

  • Shadow puppets from Java, Indonesia, Greece and Turkey

  • Giant ‘Russian doll’ puppets

  • Commedia dell’arte leather masks

  • Contemporary puppets from Scotland's leading companies

  • Puppet and Animatronics from film & television

  • Punch & Judy

  • Nepalese Masks

  • Rajasthani Marionettes

  • Interactive glove and shadow stages

  • An extensive collection  exhibits, prints and engravings

Video footage of puppet and mask performances and information on professional training are included within this exhibition.  Education workshops are also available by arrangement.

The minimum space required for this exhibition is 40 square meters.

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Fee Details






Now booking for 2019 onwards

Please contact Dr Malcolm Knight for more information and to check availability.

0141 339 6185 /

There is an additional charge for exhibition installation, accommodation expenses and subsistence.  Onward transport and insurance is the responsibility of the hirer.

This exhibition has been touring to major museums and galleries in the UK and Ireland since 2000.

“The most colourful and vibrant exhibition ever seen in Cork” (Stella Cherry, Curator, Cork Public Museum, 2005).  It was also voted “best touring exhibition” by the people of Portsmouth in the Portsmouth News 2008 while showing at Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery.

This exhibition has been hired by:


Highland Arts;  Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre;  Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch;  Kingston Museum & Art Gallery;  Warrington Museum;  Stockport Story Museum;  Salford Museum & Art Gallery;  Banbury Museum, Lancaster City Museum; Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery;  The Russell Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth; and Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight.

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