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Beware the Jabberwock my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch


Such is the frantic warning inscribed to us in the strange and ancient poem known as Jabberwocky

But what monster does it mean?  Is it fanged or flapping, furry or finned, ferocious or formless? Is it outside our bedroom door even now, drooling? Or is it already amongst us?

Do not fear: in this, their brand new puppet extravaganza for adults, the Old Trouts clutch their vorpal swords in hand, and valiantly promise to save us all from the things that haunt us in the night.


Created by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Friends:

: 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

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.

January 30 - February 24, 2018

Theatre Calgary Tickets to Twelfth Night on Sale Now



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 31 - August 31, 2018
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)



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







The York Theatre
Vancouver, BC
February 6 - 17, 2018
Presented by The Cultch

Vancouver Tickets


DJD Studio Theatre
Calgary, AB
February 21 - March 4, 2018
Presented by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Calgary Tickets On Sale Now




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

The Globe & Mail


“...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



Someday very soon there will be a style... that will come to be known as ‘Old Trout-like’– it’s just too good not to be imitated.”

Fast-Forward Weekly



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Many thanks to these gracious folks who agreed to "Be a Trout" in 2016:

Rainbow Trouts ($500+)

Grant Burns

Terry and Andrea Killackey

Johanne Daoust

James Palmer

Lara King


Bull Trouts ($250 - $499)

Greg Francis

James Gottsleig


Speckled Trouts ($100 - $249)

Jennifer Robbins

Dale Lee Kwong

Sylvia Ziemann

Adriana Van Der Heijden

Leanne Duke

Christina Hatton

Sandra Engstrom

Daniel Grassick

Tanya Gold





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Come and visit

If you live in Calgary, Alberta or nearby or heck - even if you're just passing through - drop by our studio - Fort Trout - anytime.

(We could probably use some help to put things away and give the place a sweep.)

Please call ahead to ensure that someone is actually there:


Find us here:

#106, 4632 1 Street S.E.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

T2G 2L3




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