What's Goin On


Watch the Video Trailer

Created by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Friends:

Featuring: Nicolas Di Gaetano, Teddy Ivanov, Pityu Kenderes, Sebastian Kroon
Stage Manager:
Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie
Costume Designer
: Jen Gareau
Lighting Designer
: Terry Middleton
Sound Designer:
Jonathan Lewis

“...inspired ... timely ... a fantastical visual world ... as bleak as it is funny."

The Globe & Mail


“... truly masterful ... mind-boggling ... entertaining on so many levels."

Louis B. Hobson, The Calgary Herald


"... a darkly comic pastiche of the primeval ..."

Lori Montgomery, the YYScene


"... a wild, imaginary world ... fresh, wholly original."

The Gerogia Straight, Vancouver


" ... the show is a marvel ... truly enchanting ..."

Vancouver Arts Review


“...unimaginable creativity and talent ... downright beautiful."

Vue Magazine, Edmonton


“...a marvellous theatrical adventure, fantastical and ingenious and somehow close to home, that leaves us breathless at every turn ..."

Liz Nicholls, 12th Night.ca


“...a wonderfully entertaining evening of theatre"

Colin MacLean, Gigcity.ca

More about Jabberwocky ...


The Old Trout Designing Things Division

Imagine if Shakespeare asked the Old Trouts to design one of his shows.

Well, we did. Perhaps you remember a couple years ago that we designed Twelfth Night at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa?  This is that very same production, come west for people who live in Calgary to see it, thanks to our friends at Theatre Calgary are presenting Twelfth Night, "as imagined by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop" as part of their 50th Anniversary Season - which, by the way, is is also a pretty big deal.

Based on a miraculously preserved Baroque ‘Wonder Theatre’ we saw in a castle in the Czech Republic, the design features all the flabbergasting technological marvels of cutting edge theatre from the 18th century.  And only a couple puppets.  Mostly it’s actual flesh and blood human beings on stage, so if you fear puppets, now is your chance to take in a Trout show, finally. We can't say for sure if the Bard would approve. We'll leave that up to you.



Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (CAMP)

With all this pupptery-goodness going on, are you feeling motivated to embark on your own puppeteering lifestyle? If so, check out what our Old Trout brethren have to offer in the ways of learning, training and exploring the art of mask and puppetry.

Start by visiting the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry website. Headed up by Old Trout Pete Balkwill, CAMP has workshops and events happening throughout the year.

Here's a video link to their recent summer intensive: Iinisikimm - an AFA 25th Commemorative Art Project and Canada Council New Chapter initiative.

The 2018 Banff Puppet Intensive is already full, but you can see their Public Showing on January 17, 2018 in Banff.

And if you prefer the East Coast in August, then we suggest joining Old Trout Pete and former Trout Dave Lane at the:

New England Puppet Intensive
July 24 - August 10, 2018
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)



Special thanks to all the folks listed below for their on-going support::





BUY tickets now for Jabberwocky

February 21 - March 4, 2018


DJD Dance Centre: Studio Theatre

Presented by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop



Special Offer

2 for 1 tickets for Jabberwocky:

Valid for:

Tuesday Feb 27 & Wednesday Feb 28 only

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Our Trout Family

We smashed our 2017 goal of $10,000 to smithereens, raising $11,336!


Many thanks to the following "Trouts" for their support in 2017-18.

Rainbow Trouts ($500+)

Grant Burns


Johanne Daoust

Greg Francis & Jennifer Koshan

Lara King

Doug McKeag

Marilyn Palmer



Bull Trouts ($250 - $499)

James Gottselig

Duval Lang

Chris Manderson


Speckled Trouts ($100 - $249)

Leanne Duke

Robert Ohlson

Ruth Kroon

Alli Marshall

Kelly Swart-Davis & Loran Davis

Anne Underwood



Brook Trouts ($50 - $99)

Davo Brawn

Gerry Burger-Martindale

Sean Carter

Andea deJong

Michi Galvin

Nikki Loach

Leroy Parker

Steve Pearce

Ewa Piorko

Becky Scott

Adriana Van Der Heijden

Brigitte Von Rothemburg



Little Trouts (up to $49)

Amber Anderson

Allison Bernardin

James Bradbury

Marilyn Field

Amanda Froehler

Barb Geiger

Tyler Goudie

Elizabeth Hodgkins

Paul Kent

Chelsea King

Elvyra Krausas

Kye Kocher

Maria Meijer

Judi Meyer

Jesse Meyers

Jiehan Qu

Irene Rasetti

Pat Rozitis

Joshua Stretch

Heinz K. Unger

Teague Urquhart

Lynn Wilton

Iris Wong

Shelley Youngblut

James Zaback


We welcome anyone who would like to help us in 2018.


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