Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre

Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre, has toured across Canada and the U.S. since 1978 with over 100 performances a year in schools, libraries, children's festivals and theatres. Kathy has also written for many children's TV shows, including Mr. Dressup, Under the Umbrella Tree, and Theodore Tugboat. John appeared as Jackson on the YTV show Crazy Quilt. Numerous awards include an ACTRA award and a Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA, the international puppetry association. 
We aim to present intimate and innovative theatre experiences for school and family audiences, with simple effects that encourage children to tell their own stories, use their imaginations, and see things from different points of view. We want to spark creativity, literacy, empathy and laughter!
 With our online programming, we hope to rekindle the connection that we have enjoyed with young audiences for so many years. We have carefully re-created some of our most popular programs in an intimate studio setting - including Felicity Falls, Snippets, Owl at Home, The Wind in the Willows, The Flying Canoe and drama workshops. Enjoy!
 • The company that's known for delightful and intelligent puppet shows for kids of all ages.- Ottawa Citizen
• Magical - London Free Press
• Marvellous effects created with minimal props…superb use of music  - Calgary Herald
• Stunningly imaginative - Winnipeg Free Press
• A definite 10 out of 10! - CBO Morning
• Rag & Bone has earned a reputation for creating fascinating children's entertainment with a minimum of props but an abundance of imagination - Ottawa Citizen
• Gets imaginations humming - Calgary Herald

Curriculum Links

Folktales from various cultures, introduction to Shakespeare; musical instruments; stylistic features of drama and theatre forms (mime, masks, puppets); literacy, problem solving; oral and visual communication.


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Indigenous
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Workshop
Senior
Seniors
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English
French
French Immersion

School Performance: Snippets

Residency Performance English

Staged readings of books, animated with “snippets” of puppetry, masks, drama and live music.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

Online:
Maximum 500 students
2 artists

One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$370 + HST
3 artists
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$470 + HST
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School Performance: Felicity Falls

Residency Performance English

Funny, family stories about pioneer animals somewhere in the Ottawa Valley

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, General Public
Maximum:
125
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$370 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$570 + HST


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School Performance: Owl at Home

Residency Performance English

Owl is a hoot – whether inviting winter to sit by the warm fire or finding strange bumps in his bed! From the much-loved book by Arnold Lobel. Full of fun facts about owls and sing-along songs

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST


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School Workshop: Drama Workshop 2 artists

Residency Workshop English

What is drama? It’s using your body, voice, imagination and co-operation to communicate with an audience. Our drama workshops for elementary students begin with engaging warm-up activities, move on to fun co-operative games that get people thinking on their feet and culminate in all-together stories or readers’ theatre activities that include everyone.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
25 students (Online: 15 students)
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One hour session: $265 + HST
Half day: one 2 hour session $365 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $515 + HST

Three Full Day Residency: includes performance $1,530 + HST
Each Additional Day: $515 + HST


*Sessions for Kindergarten are 30 minutes each, maximum of six Kindergarten classes in a day
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Seniors Performance: Owl at Home

Residency Performance English Seniors

Whether he's inviting Winter to sit by the fire or finding strange bumps in his bedroom, Owl is a hoot! These delightful stories about soft-hearted Owl are irresistible.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 45 mins (plus Q & A) $570+ HST


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School Performance: I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and We Found A Hat

New Program Residency Performance English

Three award winning, best-selling picture books inspire a hilarious, touching, and thought-provoking play about fairness, consequences and friendship.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
200
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Cow Show!

Residency Performance English

A light-hearted, fun “moosical” about cows through the ages, celebrating life, nature, Canada, the planet, and of course, cows.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Wind in the Willows

Residency Performance English

The adventures of Mole, Rat and Toad. Large puppets, videos, and live music inspire a love of nature and reading.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: Zoom at Sea

Residency Performance English

Journey to the sea, the Arctic, and mysterious ancient Egypt — with Zoom, the cat, and his friend Maria. Based on the books by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Flying Canoe

Residency Performance English

Legends, songs and stories from early French Canada with early film footage, masks, puppets and music played on mandolin, harmonica, accordion, spoons, and a musical saw.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Dolls’ House

Residency Performance English

The exciting story of a family of dolls in a gorgeous, detailed dolls' house with live music and a video camera that brings the audience in for close-ups.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Last Polar Bears

Residency Performance English

The funny, moving story of a Grandfather’s unlikely trip to the Arctic with his opinionated dog, Roo.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: A Promise is a Promise

Residency Performance English

When Allashua ignores her parents’ warning not to fish in the Arctic sea ice, she meets terrifying (and hilarious) Qallupilluit monsters. Will she find a way to keep her promise? From the book by Robert Munsch and Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person and online:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Tempest

Residency Performance English

A child-friendly version of Shakespeare’s magical masterpiece. Shipwrecked sailors discover an enchanted island, a wizard, his daughter, fairies and a monster—and learn about love and forgiveness. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

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School Performance: The Nightingale

Residency Performance English

In ancient China, a little bird teaches the Emperor the value of simple things and friendship. Gorgeous puppets, haunting music and unforgettable characters—like the Chief Counselor who only says “p”!

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
250
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl Q&A)
$570 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day:
$795 + HST
One performance + half day workshop:
$770 + HST

Request a Booking

School Workshop: Mask Making 2 artists

Residency Workshop English

Participants:
Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
25 students
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One hour session: $265 + HST
Half day: one 2 hour session $365 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $515 + HST

Three Full Day Residency: includes performance $1,530 + HST
Each Additional Day: $515 + HST


*Sessions for Kindergarten are 30 minutes each, maximum of six Kindergarten classes in a day
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School Workshop: Puppet Making 2 artists

Residency Workshop English

Make simple wooden rod puppets and use them to present a story.

Participants:
Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
25 students
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
In person:
One hour session: $265 + HST
Half day: one 2 hour session $365 + HST
Full day: two 2 hour sessions $515 + HST

Three Full Day Residency: includes performance $1,530 + HST
Each Additional Day: $515 + HST


*Sessions for Kindergarten are 30 minutes each, maximum of six Kindergarten classes in a day
Request a Booking

Seniors performance: Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre (2 artists)

Residency Performance English Seniors

Nationally and internationally acclaimed Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre offers an enthralling, integrated arts experience that combines puppetry, drama, storytelling, visual arts and music. Accompanied by live music, two visible storytellers work puppets in full view of the audience. Enjoy John and Kathy's charming puppets and Russell's live music, played on banjo, harmonica, accordion, zither and hornpipe.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Drama, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
In person only:
One performance: 45 mins (plus Q & A) $570+ HST
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Seniors Performance: The Flying Canoe

Residency Performance English Seniors

Myths, music and legends from the early French Canadian loggers, voyageurs, and habitants. A soupçon of French dialogue.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Music, Drama
Time and Price:
In person only:
One performance: 45 mins (plus Q & A) $570+ HST
Request a Booking