Esplanade Presents


Famous Puppet Death Scenes

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Canada)

2 Jun 2023, Fri, 8pm

3 Jun 2023, Sat, 4.30pm & 8pm

4 Jun 2023, Sun, 4.30pm

1hr 10mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre Studio

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Photo credit: Jason Stang
Photo credit: AD Zyne
Photo credit: AD Zyne
Photo credit: AD Zyne
Photo credit: Jason Stang

“Visually stunning and endlessly entertaining.”   

The L.A. Times   


“Brilliant, sublime and often hilarious… sheer visual poetry... engages an audience like few productions I’ve ever seen….”  

Monday Magazine, Victoria  


Behold—the eternal masterwork of puppetry for adults finally comes to Singapore! Now’s your chance to willingly witness a heart-wrenching parade of theatrical demises by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop that will severely exacerbate your fear of death. 


Shot through with humour and pathos, Famous Puppet Death Scenes forces us to confront our own thoughts and fears on mortality. Come immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind performance that delves deep into the human psyche through theatrical puppetry for adults. 


Warning: The show contains stage fog, strobe lighting, abrupt noises, unnecessary cruelty to inanimate objects, and hot, hot puppet nudity. Not recommended for the emotionally fragile. Please weep uncontrollably only into the buckets provided. Only darkness awaits


Post-show Talk
Get up-close and personal with the puppets and puppeteers from The Old Trout Puppet Workshop during this 15-mins post-show interaction session. 


Advisory 16: Mature content, including depictions of puppet nudity, suicide and violence

Admission Age:
14 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop


The Old Trout Puppet Workshop was founded back in the blustery winter of 1999 by a gang of old buddies in a coal-heated shack on a ranch in southern Alberta. Since those distant and savage days, the Old Trouts have grown to become one of Canada’s best-known artistic exports: now based in Calgary, they’ve made puppet shows for both children and adults that tour the world, written and illustrated several books, crafted immense sculptures, and made films (including a Juno Award winning video for Feist, and a Christmas special with the National Film Board). Not to mention running a puppet festival, teaching extensively and creating large scale shows with companies like the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, and Vancouver Opera. Most recently, they teamed up with Calgary Opera to create a brand-new puppet opera based on an ancient Greek ghost story, Ghost Opera. Next up: who knows? They’re working on a video game and an augmented reality app, inventing a robot, working on adaptations of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and Dr. Faustus, and touring Famous Puppet Death Scenes to anywhere that will invite them, because they are desperate to be wanted. 

Date & Time

2 Jun 2023, Fri


Esplanade Theatre Studio

3 Jun 2023, Sat


Esplanade Theatre Studio


Esplanade Theatre Studio

4 Jun 2023, Sun


Esplanade Theatre Studio
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs, Seniors & PWDs

Cat 1 $38 $30

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