How We Found What We Had Lost


Exploring beyond the borders of contemporary puppetry and engaging with urgent conversations. From our island home in Tasmania, we create worlds of creative adventure for intergenerational audiences which we then share with the world.

Our in-theatre productions transport children and families to incredible places with narratives of adventure, humour and beauty. Our interactive installations use simple technologies in dazzling ways to make audiences of all ages essential creators in transforming public space.

We engage the best people from a wide range of artistic backgrounds and practices in performance, design, construction, music composition and systems design. The energy and dynamic processes we use to craft our work are reflected in the work itself; its providence and inventiveness woven throughout.

As unique as the remote place in which it is made, our creations are universally resonant in their themes, sense of humour and popularity. We present to diverse audiences far and wide; from Hobart’s Dark Mofo to The Lincoln Centre in New York, the Taipei Children’s Art Festival to the Sydney Opera House and from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to Flinders Island in the Bass Strait.

Alongside our touring work, we are committed to supporting local and national artists; welcoming resident, associate, and trainee artists to join us in exploring our art form and the world.


Terrapin and The Aichi Arts Centre (Japan) will partner on the creation of this new work as having successfully worked together on the Japanese premiere of Terrapin’s production of You and Me and The Space Between by Finegan Kruckemeyer. The project will be developed across 2020/21, including as part of a residency at The Kinosaki Arts Centre in Northern Japan. Terrapin is seeking co-comissioning support for a premiere season in 2021 or 2022.


Based in Tasmania, Terrapin explores beyond the borders of contemporary puppetry; contributing to the most urgent conversations of our time. Making work for intergenerational audiences, the company creates work for theatres and interactive installations for public spaces.

The company collaborates and tours nationally and internationally, reaching diverse audiences all over the world at festivals and venues such as The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Aichi Arts Centre, A.S.K, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Dark Mofo, Art Centre Melbourne, The Lincoln Center, and the Taipei Children’s Art Festival.

Celebrated playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, has had 89 commissioned plays performed on five continents, translated into eight languages. He has received 35 awards including the 2017 Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award (for services to international theatre for young audiences).

The last collaboration between the two, You and Me and the Space Between, has toured to China, Japan, the UK and the USA.

“There’s a simple beauty to the tragically contemporary reference points. . . Yet none of it feels heavy-handed, with a story filled with fantasy and wonder delicately freighting the message” – The List on ‘You and Me and the Space Between

“Terrapin makes theatre quite unlike any other company” – Daily Review