Handspring Puppet Company

Handspring Puppet Company was founded by Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa, and has grown under their leadership for 40 years.

Handspring’s work has been presented in more than 30 countries around the world. The company is widely recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent puppet theatre company with work spanning four decades of creating theatre for adults and children.

The run-away hit play War Horse, produced by the National Theatre in London, established Handspring as one of the most important puppet companies in the world. This success has afforded the company the opportunity to further develop the art form they are so passionate about.

Little Amal is Handspring’s latest inspired creation – a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl at the heart of The Walk.

It took dozens of talented craftspeople and makers to create Little Amal. Instrumental in bringing her to life, their vision meant that she was able to begin her 8,000km journey across borders, cultures and languages.

Handspring are represented by Quaternaire worldwide.

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