Do you believe in myths about incredible creatures living in the Australian outback? One of them is going to inhabit theatres in Hobart and Launceston these school holidays, in Terrapin’s newest play, The Riddle of Washpool Gully.

Terrapin Puppet Theatre, in association with the Dead Puppet Society, will present a reimagined tale of Australian mythology at the Theatre Royal Backspace Theatre and the Earl Arts Centre in April. The story might be true, it might be false…. or maybe it’s both.

Far beyond the outskirts of the big city, near a tiny town that nearly everyone forgot, lay a dry creek bed of no special significance. Once upon a time it was called Washpool Gully. But the world had moved on from insignificant things, and no one had time for dry creek beds. Except in Washpool Gully something was stirring. Shaken by the rumble of engines and the darkening of the sky, something long asleep had decided to wake up.

Writer and Director, David Morton, said: “Myths and stories about the vast Australian landscape have always fascinated me, particularly those about mysterious creatures. With Washpool Gully we set out to look at the expanse of the Outback from a young boy’s point of view, and through his wild-running imagination to examine the wonder of our incredible natural resources and what their responsible guardianship might look like. I hope audiences enjoy the story we’ve created, and all the fun, curiosity, and frights that come along with it.”

Combining old-fashioned storytelling with contemporary puppetry and miniature sets, The Riddle of Washpool Gully is a reimagined tale of Australian mythology about incredible creatures that might still live in the uncharted corners of our vast country.

The Riddle of Washpool Gully will be performed at the Backspace Theatre, Theatre Royal in Hobart, from April 13 to 21, and at the Earl Arts Centre in Launceston on April 27. More details at


Writer and Director: David Morton
Design: Dead Puppet Society
Composer: Heath Brown

Lighting Designer: Jason James
Starring: Guy Hooper, Melissa King and Drew Wilson

Terrapin makes contemporary puppetry for young audiences, touring nationally and internationally. It creates work for theatres, and interactive installations for public spaces, telling sophisticated stories of humour and pathos and embracing new technologies inspired by the age-old craft of puppetry. The company’s work has been presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Taipei Children’s Art Festival, Festival De Betovering (The Netherlands), Belfast International Children’s Festival, Lincoln Centre (New York), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Arts Festival, amongst many others.

Dead Puppet Society is a production house and design company creating puppet-based, visual theatre in Australia and the United States. Uniting an old world aesthetic with cutting edge technical elements the company conjures immersive worlds where the mythic sits alongside the macabre, and the old school meets the technological. Working in an eclectic form of theatre that ignores the boundaries between defined artistic practices they balance artistic collaborations with training and workshops to strengthen the form of puppetry on the international stage.

The Hobart performances of The Riddle of Washpool Gully are presented in association with the Theatre Royal, and the Launceston performances in association with Theatre North at the Princess. Terrapin Puppet Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
Kevin O’Loghlin Terrapin Puppet Theatre