Due to the ever-evolving Covid-19 pandemic Puppets and Masks of Italy will no longer run at this year’s Melbourne Festival of Puppetry. Please contact La Mama to organise your refund, or consider donating the price of the ticket to the artists. If you would like to move your tickets to another show within the festival please get in touch via info@lamama.com.au or (03) 9347 6948. And you can checkout the rest of the program here.

Puppeteer Dennis Murphy has taken Commedia dell’Arte Puppetry, the West’s oldest living theatre tradition and adapted it for modern Australian audiences. 

He will be performing three of his comedies during the Melbourne Festival of Puppetry, Friday to Sunday at the Museo Italiano, Carlton. 

Murphy was invited to take his Italian-style Puppetry back to Italy for TEATRI DEL MONDO, Europe’s largest International Children’s Theatre Festival. 

The drama critic of the national newspaper, L’Unita, called Murphy  “one of the world’s finest glove-puppeteers.”  

The great crowd of wildly enthusiastic kids were totally involved in his spirited show – The Hobart Mercury

Mr Murphy leaves behind a wonderful sense of the Italian Culture and what Commedia dell’ Arte was all about – Sacred Heart Primary School

Directed by Dennis Murphy

Designed by Ross Brown and Janice Edwards

Performed by Dennis Murphy

Suitable for all ages.