Featuring works from Australia, Italy, Thailand and Singapore
9-11 November 2018, Goodman Arts Centre Block B #01-03

no strings attached

No Strings Attached is a puppet festival organised by Paper Monkey Theatre, which gathers reputable puppetry groups across the world for exchange and interaction, and to perform for audiences in Singapore. Third year in the running, the festival will be held from 9 to 11 November 2018 at the Goodman Arts Centre, set in a cosy and intimate space in Block B, #01-03 which allows for a close encounter and experience of the puppetry acts.

This year the festival will feature four performing groups; namely, Sydney Puppet Theatre (Australia), Di Filippo Marionette (Italy/Australia), A CREATURE (Thailand), and Singapore’s very own Paper Monkey Theatre. This is the first time the festival is featuring puppetry performances from Australia and Italy. Audience will get to enjoy a variety of puppetry styles namely Hand Puppets, Rod Puppets, Bib Puppets, String Puppets and even Teochew Metal Rod Puppets!

The Performance Line-up

The Sydney Puppet Theatre will present Oh Rats!, a dynamic performance which will take the audience on a whirlwind of comical events, through Hand Puppets, Rod Puppets, and Bib Puppets. The company is known for creating “Theatre of Delight” that thrills family audiences through puppetry, acting, music and dance in their shows.

no strings attached hanging by a thread

Hanging by a Thread by the Di Filippo Marionette is a String Puppet show that is full of simplicity and poetry with marionettes that come alive as each of them tells a story, without words. At times moving and at times funny, their show has won awards at various arts festivals in Europe recently such as the Festival In Fonte Veritas in Florence, Italy 2018.

nostringsattached i am ewe

A warm-hearted piece with reflective moments is I’m Ewe and the Two Crane Birds by A CREATURE. Through the interaction between the specially designed crane bird puppets and the leading actress, the performance deals with the topic of “death” but told in a light-hearted approach that will be suitable for families with children.

Last but not least, Singapore’s very own Paper Monkey Theatre presents Journey West: Web of Deceit, a fascinating tale from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.

no strings attached web of deceit

The audience will see exciting battle sequences in this show which is performed with traditional Teochew metal rod puppets but set in a contemporary theatrical style.

Deepens the Appreciation of Puppetry Art

Through bringing in an international and varied form of puppetry to the audiences in Singapore, Paper Monkey Theatre hopes to encourage more interest and deepen the appreciation of the art of puppetry. There will be post-show sharing at the end of each performance so the audience can interact with the puppeteers and their puppets.

The Paper Monkey Theatre also believes in the importance of introducing our children the art of puppetry and theatre from a young age; thus, as part of No Strings Attached 2018, two shows have been specially created for school audiences on 9 November 2018, during which the young audience will get to watch two types of puppetry performance. This will be a meaningful and educational experience for the students/children, as they learn to appreciate the beauty of puppetry art and be inspired by the creativity of the artists.

no strings attached oh rats

Other than presenting performances, the artists will also be participating in a closed-door Dialogue and Sharing Session for exchange and sharing on their experience and expertise in their forms of puppetry and also on the development of the puppetry scene in their countries. This platform is to encourage in-depth exchange and network among Singapore’s puppetry practitioners with those who are based in Australia, Italy and Thailand so as to further the growth and development of puppetry as an art form. This will also strengthen Paper Monkey Theatre’s vision of being a puppetry hub in Asia. This session is accessed strictly by invitation only.

Perfect for Family Bonding

Paper Monkey Theatre advocates for bonding of families through their programmes and performances. This year, the festival invites audiences not just to watch but to also be hands-on to make puppets together via a DIY puppetry booth that will be set up at the performance venue. Parents are encouraged to participate in the activity, thus developing greater bonds through a new experience with their children.

paper monkey web of deceit

Members of the public are invited to join us at No Strings Attached 2018 to watch a performance, chat with the artists and DIY their very own puppet. We hope that they can be inspired and touched by the magical world of puppets!

Schedule of Performances at a glance

Date/Time Sat, 10 Nov 2018 Sun, 11 Nov 2018
1pm – 1.45pm Journey West: Web of Deceit Oh Rats!
2.30pm – 3.15pm Hanging by a Thread I’m Ewe and the Two Crane Birds
4pm – 4.45pm I’m Ewe and the Two Crane Birds Hanging by a Thread
5.30pm – 6.15pm Oh Rats! Journey West: Web of Deceit

Ticket Price: $15 (excluding booking fee)
Group booking discount: 10% for purchase of 4 or more tickets

Book your tickets now!

  • Online booking via www.apactix.com
  • Phone booking at Tel: 3158 8588
  • Box Office at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Scotts Square Concierge, The STAR Performing Arts Centre Box Office, and all SingPost Outlets

All shows are held at:
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block B #01-03
Singapore 439053

How to get there:
By MRT: a short 5-min walk from Mountbatten MRT Exit B (Circle Line)
By Bus: 12, 14, 30, 30E, 158, 196, 401, alight outside Goodman Arts Centre


  • All shows are performed in English.
  • All shows are recommended for children aged 4 and above.
  • Admission is strictly by ticket. Each ticket admits one person only.
  • Audience will be sitting on the floor. Limited chairs will be provided.
  • Duration of each show is 45 minutes, including a post-show sharing.
  • DIY puppetry activity will be available on 10 and 11 Nov from 12.30pm to 5.30pm.

For more information, visit www.papermonkey.com.sg

No Strings Attached 2018 is supported by Arts Fund and Santa Grand

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