Trunk, Tail, Ears or Wings?

Carnival creates itself from all sorts of things!

This is "Carnival of the Animals" but not as we know it. Dissected for body part potential to create the "ultimate animal" we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Charles Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility.

Inspiration and delight for everyone from 4 to 104.

“That was the most creative show I

have ever seen. Really inspiring!”


Having performed involved stories with lots of text over the last few years, we have been looking to produce a show that puts the real magic of puppetry at the forefront. After all, puppetry is a very visual form of theatre.

Puppetry movement and invention supported by a fantastic musical score, an exploration of the material of cardboard and a Lempen-Style framework are the ingredients of the show. We hope to leave our audiences inspired by both the animal theatricality of the carnival music and the creative potential of the simple cardboard box.


Saint-Saëns' “Carnival of the Animals” - Lempen-Style!

Touring since 2016

“Lempen Puppet Theatre Company always makes things magic - a very special quality!”

Rachel Feldberg, Ilkley Literature Festival

“Very clever animals and variety.  I loved the swan and the  underwater scene particularly!”

Story:       Liz and Daniel Lempen

Puppets:   Liz Lempen

Direction:    Mark Whitaker

Music:      "The Carnival of the Animals"

                by Camille Saint-Saëns

Duration:      45 minutes.

Suitability:   4+/Family  

Special thanks to:

Loz Kaye (musical advisor)

The Boo (rehearsal space)

Clare Danek (photography)

Apart from touring all over the UK, 'Cardboard Carnival' has also been performed internationally in:

HUNGARY:           2022  18. Bekescsaba Puppet Festival

SWITZERLAND:   2022  2 week tour in Swiss Romande

GERMANY:          2022  Puppentheater Museum, Bad Kreuznach

SWITZERLAND:   2021  Bern Puppet Theatre (3 week run)

SWITZERLAND:   2020  Various Theatre and School venues

GERMANY:          2019  Puppentheater Festival, Bottrop

IRELAND:            2019  Festival of Curiosity, Dublin

GERMANY:          2019  Stuttgart + Bad Kreuznach

SWITZERLAND:   2019  Various Theatre and School venues

AUSTRIA:            2019  Puppille, 4. Figurentheater Festival, Gleisdorf

CHINA:                2018  Taihu International Puppet Festival, Beijing

GERMANY:           2018  20. Elbe-Elster Festival, Brandenburg

GERMANY:           2018  35. Pole Poppenspäler Festival, Husum

ITALY:                 2018  I Teatri del Mondo Children’s Festival, Porto Sant’Elpidio

GERMANY:           2018  Blickfang Figurenfestival, Morschen

SWITZERLAND:   2017  Theater im Waaghaus, Winterthur

FOR BOOKERS (Interview Trailer - the making of  the show) Info for Schools Publicity Photos Technical Info Tour Pack Publicity/e Cardboard Carnival (Tech. Sheet) web.doc Cardboard Carnival Tour Pack 2019.pdf

Cardboard Carnival

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