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Our grunting, howling prehistoric ancestors help us find our lost bliss in this wildly inventive show from the creators of Famous Puppet Death Scenes


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Nov 27 - Dec 15, 2012
Berkeley Street Theatre
75 mins
The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with anonymous contributors
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“Mind-blowing originality... boldly reshaping puppet theatre into sophisticated adult entertainment.” – Fast-Forward Weekly

an old trout puppet workshop production presented by canadian stage

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Cavemen, beastly primates, and various sabre-toothed rodents lock wits and horns in this completely adult puppet show from Calgary’s world-renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop. A documentary about the evolution of happiness, Ignorance is about searching for our lost bliss – trying to find out where joy came from and where it’s gone. Sure, we’ve got microwaves, airplanes, and a nagging sense of dissatisfaction – but our grunting, howling prehistoric ancestors might just have felt more at home in the world.

Wildly inventive, visually stunning and by turns poignant and hilarious, Ignorance explains where we went wrong, and how we might find our way once again.

Nicolas di Gaetano
Viktor Lukawski
Trevor Leigh

Playwright - The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with
Puppets and Props Built - Peter Balkwill, Erin Baskerville, Juanita Dawn, Nicolas Di Gaetano, Jen Gareau, Pityu Kenderes, Deneen McArthur, Judd Palmer and Clunk Puppet Lab: Jonathan Davis, Kyla Read, & Shawna Reiter
Animation - Paul Dutton with Sitji Chou, Jessi Schroeyers-Frederick and Tyler Lemermeyer
Costumes - Jen Gareau with the assistance of Laurana Rayne
Lighting Design and Production Stage Management -  Cimmeron Meyer
Projection Design - Jamie Nesbitt
Sound Design - Trevor Leigh
Set Design - The Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Set Construction - The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with the help of Donna Mark, Techart Custom Creations and Beyond Foam Insulation


  • National Post: "String theory: Prehistoric puppetry is bliss in Canadian Stage’s Ignorance"
  • NOW Magazine: “clever” "a delight to watch"
  • Toronto Life: "gruesomely hilarious"
  • Torontoist: “a visually dazzling, deep-thinking puppet show”
  • The Grid
  • Mooney on Theatre: “morbidly comedic”
  • Calgary SUN: “Old Trout Puppet's Workshop's Ignorance ... is bliss" "the Cloud Atlas of puppet shows.”
  • FAB Magazine: “a modern prehistoric masterpiece” “Shows this unique and entertaining come along rarely”
  • Theatromania: ★★★★ (out of 5) “an arftul and entertaining examination of mankind’s ignorance”

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