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Underwater Creatures

Armchair Puppet Theatre is very experienced in providing entertainment and activities for pre-school and nursery children. You can choose from performances of Burglar Bill or Small Wonder, or an interactive shadow puppet workshop. Enquire

Burglar Bill

What's that noise coming from “the big brown box with little holes in it” ???

To find out, the children can enjoy having the book of “Burglar Bill” by Janet and Alan Ahlberg read to them, before we arrive with our puppet show. An all time favourite that’s guaranteed to hold young children’s attention. See our Burglar Bill page. Enquire

Small Wonder

It’s little Maggie’s birthday and Mr Merryweather makes toys for all the children on their birthdays. So Maggie knows Mr Merryweather is the only person capable of making a “never been seen before” wonder for the Queen.

An action packed show full of calamities. See our Small Wonder page. Enquire

Shadow Puppet Workshops

Our shadow puppet workshops for groups of pre-school children, supported by their parents and adult helpers, are all about creating a group shadow puppet performance of a favourite short story or nursery rhyme. See our shadow puppets page. Enquire

In our shadow puppet skills workshop for groups of teachers and child carers we demonstrate practical ways that young children can be facilitated to play with shadows and explore the wonders of light. Enquire

The Cow jumped over the Moon


"Underwater Creatures" from the West African story of Water, Moon and Sun.
Shadow puppets made by children at The Harry Robert's Nusery in Whitechapel, London.



"Thank you very much for the most entertaining puppet show, 'Burglar Bill'. It was a most enjoyable morning for everyone."
Triss Cummings, Home-Start Teignbridge

"We were all enchanted. You have found exactly the perfect level of communication with the children."
Jane Tuson, Little Orchard Montessorri School


Some of our recent Pre-School Group Bookings:-

Burglar Bill puppet show:
Exeter Early Years Launch
Salcombe Beehive Nursery
Surestart Buckfastleigh Launch
Sandford Playgroup
Sherwell Parent & Toddler Group
Okehampton Open Door Family Group

Small Wonder puppet show:
Salcombe Beehive Nursery

Shadow puppet workshops
Torbay Early Years Annual Celebration












"The Cow Jumped Over the Moon"
Shadow puppets made by Post Graduate students at Rolle College, Exmouth