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Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Let us cure your fear of death; no more anxiety about difficult choices, no more dreading birthdays, no more desperate pleas for immortality through fame, art, or progeny.

Through a collection of famous scenes culled from the absolute best puppet shows in history, including Edward’s Last Prance, from The Ballad of Edward Grue by Samuel Groanswallow, The Feverish Heart by Nordo Frot, Why I Am So Sad by Sally, and the unforgettable Bipsy’s Mistake, from Bipsy and Mumu Go to the Zoo by Fun Freddy, the Old Trouts will deconstruct your traumatized psyche and reconstruct you so that death means nothing to you anymore.

In a way, we promise ever-lasting life. Through a puppet show. That’s right.

2014-15 North American Tour on now:

November 22 - 23 Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff Centre, Banff, AB - SOLD OUT

December 9 - January 4, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington, DC

* Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding Visiting Production


February 3 - 22, Majestic Theatre, Eastglen High School, Theatre Network, Edmonton, AB

March 13 - 28, Flanagan Theatre, Theatre Junction GRAND, Calgary, AB

March 31 - April 19, York Theatre, The Cultch, Vancouver, BC


Check out the Nathanial Tweak interview in the Washington Post.




Trunk Puppet

Did you hear an odd thump?

What’s inside that trunk? What’s that strange scratching sound? Oh no! It… it’s opening!
A show for all ages about what happens when you dare to unlatch the Big Box of Life. What wonders, what mysteries, what hilarity – what havoc – might be unleashed? Once opened, can it ever be closed again?

This new show, first conceived and workshopped in 2014, is ready for its Eastern Canadian Premiere at Montreal’s Festival de Casteliers March 4 – 8, then a Western Canadian Premiere at the International Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary March 14 @ 7:00 pm and March 15 @ 2:00 pm at the Downtown Legion Hall.

Co-produced with the support of the Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS), Old Trout Pete Balkwill is teaming up with Trout performing alumnae Anne Lalancette and Teddy Ivanova to face the hideous truth within.



Interested in helping us?

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop is a peculiar and wondrous and fragile thing that struggles to exist against great odds -- like, say, a very small flower in a nasty place full of rocks and cruel wind.  Except that a very small flower needs sun and a little water now and then whereas the Old Trout Puppet Workshop needs, well, money.

If you would like to help us, "Become a Trout", we'd be glad to have you join us.

The Old Trout Workshop is a registered non profit organization (BN:867021529RR0001). Old Trout Puppet Workshop donations are processed through Canada Helps, a public charitable foundation providing a donation portal to 80,000 Canadian charities. To make a safe, secure on-line donation, please click on the Canada Helps link below:

Canada Helps


If you have any questions or would care to donate with cash or cheque, please send us an email or give us a call: 403-508-4929


Curious about what we do?

If you live in Calgary, Alberta or nearby or heck - even if you're just passing through - drop by the studio anytime for a visit.

Please call ahead to ensure that someone is actually there: 403-508-4929
Find us here: #102, 4632 1 Street S.E. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada



Famous Puppet Death Scenes

"one of the best shows of the year… not to be missed."
The Globe & Mail

"visually stunning and endlessly entertaining."
The L.A. Times

"dramatically engaging and visually stunning."
The Boston Globe





Thank you to the following "Trouts" for their support of our 2013-14 Fundraising Campaign:


Rainbow Trouts ($500+)

Grant Burns

Johanne Daoust

Andrea Killackey

Bob Davis

Lara King

Paul Beique

Len Kraemer and CKAID

Hugh and Karen Balkwill


Bull Trouts ($250 - $499)

Greg Francis

Doug McKeag

Christina Marta

Chris Manderson

James Gottselig


Speckled Trouts ($100 - $249)

Cimmeron Meyer

Duval Lang

James Davidge

Roisin Hutchinson

Hugh Thomas

Andrea Shalanski

Paul Tanguay


Brook Trouts ($50 - $99)

Jennifer Robbins


Up to $49

Allison Yauk

Amadine Rajon

Geoffrey Berner


$1,800 - Dolly Wiggler Cabaret



Special thanks to:




Trout Sponsors