Isle of Man Steam Packet Company helps bring educational puppet show to island schools


An imaginative, explorative and educational live theatre experience will return to island schools later this month, with support from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Lempen Puppet Theatre Company will make its annual visit to perform at six local primary schools from Wednesday 30th January to Thursday 7th February. The husband and wife duo will perform Carboard Carnival, a wordless show using the music from ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ by French composer Camille Saint Saens.

The Steam Packet Company is offering its support by assisting with the cost of travel.

Liz Lempen from Lempen Puppet Theatre Company, said: ‘The continued support from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is what makes our shows accessible to Manx primary schools and offers local children from all backgrounds the captivating experience of live theatre.

‘We’re also very grateful to the Isle of Man Arts Council for its support this year which will be a huge help with tour overheads when we’re on the island.

‘Cardboard Carnival is a playful production carefully designed to inspire children to be more creative and explorative, and encourage play using simple materials. We’re delighted to bring the show back for those who missed out on the 2018 tour and are looking forward to spending some more time on the beautiful Isle of Man.’ 

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘We’re pleased to welcome Lempen Puppet Theatre back to the island once again and hope the local schools learn from and enjoy the imaginative performance.’

Cardboard Carnival will be performed at Foxdale School, Jurby School, Braddan School, Manor Park School, St Johns School and Bunscoill Ghaelgagh.


Photograph of Liz Lempen from Lempen Puppet Theatre Company performing Cardboard Carnival.

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