Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s giant puppet shows are one of the most enduring traditions of Chapel Hill and the Triangle. The group uses communal storytelling, shadows, masks, and, of course, giant puppets, to create magic.
This summer the group is presenting their 21st giant puppet show, Unfolding Seeds: Invocation of Transformation.
The show is “rooted in gratitude, wonder, and thanksgiving. We are summoning our collective spirit to invoke care for the Earth, for its creatures, and for its future.” The story “honors the things that are lost, that adorns the Earth, and that offers forth avenues for regenerative repair. All flourishing is mutual, all liberation is collective, and all living things are welcome.”
Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s performance home is the Forest Theatre, on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill, at 123 S. Boundary Street. This unique and peaceful setting is the perfect setting for these performances. This hillside amphitheater in the woods is more than 100 years old, and is the gateway to the trails of Battle Park.
They will also perform a few shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
The show will be performed every weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) from August 27th to September 26th at Forest Theatre, and October 1st to 3rd at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
The shows start at 7 p.m., with pre-shows at 6:20 p.m. In addition, on Sundays, September 12th, 19th, and 26th, there will also be a 3 p.m. matinee at Forest Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 4-14.
There’s also a “pay what you can” option. When you purchase tickets, you’ll see that option. Just enter any amount.
Please know that Paperhand is funded by their art, not by grants or corporate sponsorships. This year they’re only selling half the Forest Theatre’s capacity, so please do pay the full price if you can.