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… unquestionable skill …
and the depth of characterisation

Lowdown Magazine

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About us

At Last! ~ Dennis Murphy unmasked ~


Here is the rarely-seen face behind Sydney’s international award-winning puppet company, Murphys Puppets.


Through extensive touring and close observation of people in many lands Dennis has developed a whole stable of weird and wonderful characters plus countless puppet acts.


His alter egos have entertained audiences on four continents with an extensive repertoire of puppetry styles. Whether he is partnering a pelican in a ventriloquist act or adapting 16th century Italian puppetry to Australian audiences, Dennis can be counted on to present a unique blend of humour and puppetry.


As Guest Artist at The Rocks Puppet Cottage, he has delighted tens of thousands of Sydneysiders and overseas tourists. Add to this his exhaustive interstate tours, and the number of spectators runs to the hundreds of thousands.


Dennis had the unique distinction of taking his Italian-style puppet shows back to the land of its origin when he was invited to perform at Europe’s largest International Children's Theatre Festival, The TEATRI DEL MONDO, in Italy. Commuting regularly to Europe to perform at puppet festivals gives Dennis the chance to further his research into the “fairground tradition” of Puppetry.

◊ Performances in
Australia include:

• The Festival of Cultures, Sydney Opera House
• The Art Gallery of NSW
• Powerhouse Museums
• The Rocks Puppet Cottage (over 900 performances)
• The National Folk Festival, Canberra
• 20th UNIMA International Puppet Festival, Perth
• Festival of Circus & Street Theatre, Darling Harbour

• 241 Libraries in four states

◊ International Performances include:

• The Ural Festival of Puppet Theatre (Russia)
• Teatri del Mondo Festival (Italy)
• Ravenna’s Bella di Sera (Italy)
• Singapore International Festival for Children
• Pupi e Pini Festival (Italy).
• MURAVIGLIA, Treviso (Italy)

• Kaunas Puppet Theatre, Lithuania

• International Kite Festival, Singapore

“Dennis Murphy is one of the world’s finest glove-puppeteers”
L’Unità Newspaper, Rome, Italy

“You’re the bestest and the funniest!”
Ben, age 4

“Dennis Murphy is a Master Puppeteer.”
NSW Department of Education Gazette

“The strength of the show is Dennis’s rapport with the children.”
Queensland Arts Council

“Murphy’s greatest strength as a performer is his unquestionable skill as a puppeteer and depth of characterisation.”
Lowdown Magazine

The wit, the timing, the handling, and the immediacy of his responses to the audience reflect a machinery well-honed.”
The Australian Puppeteer Magazine

“ Murphys Puppets were a major attraction and added significantly [to the event].”
Historic Houses Trust

“Very talented, highly entertaining and interested in the children.”
St Patrick's, Griffith

“It was always a great day for us when you performed at the Gallery.”
Art Gallery of NSW

“Looking out into the audience all you could see were delighted children and families enjoying the performance.”
Marguerite Pepper Productions

“A cast of traditional Italian carnival characters will take you into a world of mystery and mischief. Puppeteer Dennis Murphy's show is perfect for all ages.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“It was fantastic amd the crowd absolutely loved the puppet show”
Surry Hills Festival

“Glove puppeteer Dennis Murphy brings a cast of mischievous carnival characters from 16th century Italy out to play in his Commedia dell'Arte show.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“This magical circus comes alive.”
Time Out, Singapore

“Dennis Murphy is a very skilled and talented puppeteer. The children were captivated. A great show enjoyed by both adults and children alike.”
Kogarah Library

“Everyone absolutely (including the adults) enjoyed his talented humour and were amazed at his cleverness in handling the puppets.”
Sacred Heart Primary School, Pearce, ACT

how to contact Murphys Puppets

For Bookings or Enquiries

call 02 9631 0613


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