Terrapin Puppet Theatre in association with Dead Puppet Society

The Riddle of Washpool Gully

Written and Directed by David Morton

The Riddle of Washpool Gully is a reimagined tale of Australian mythology about incredible creatures that might still live in the uncharted corners of our vast country. Combining old-fashioned storytelling with contemporary puppetry and miniature sets, this entrancing new work is the result of an exciting collaboration between two celebrated Australian makers – Terrapin and Dead Puppet Society.

A sophisticated production, vividly imagined and meticulously realised with beauty, wit and immense heart.

Do you believe in myths about incredible creatures living in the Australian outback? The story might be true, it might be false…. or maybe it’s both. This is an epic adventure tale demonstrating the power of imagination for escape and healing.

Combining old-fashioned storytelling with contemporary puppetry and miniature sets, The Riddle of Washpool Gully weaves together themes such as fear and courage, caring for the environment, and parent/child relationships. A boy and his mother move to a remote town while she undertakes research looking for fossils in advance of a mining operation moving into the area. Left to his own devices, the boy discovers a fantastic creature in the bush - the relationship goes from one of terror to a beautiful friendship and adventure. 

Featuring a beautifully realised minature set, and an evocative sound design, this piece of classic storytelling is an experience for families to share.


Myths and stories about the vast Australian landscape have always fascinated me, particularly those about mysterious creatures. With Washpool Gully we set out to look at the expanse of the Outback from a young boy’s point of view, and through his wild-running imagination to examine the wonder of our incredible natural resources and what their responsible guardianship might look like. I hope audiences enjoy the story we’ve created, and all the fun, curiosity, and frights that come along with it.
David Morton


Terrapin makes contemporary puppetry for young audiences, touring nationally and internationally.  It creates work for theatres, and interactive installations for public spaces, telling sophisticated stories of humour and pathos and embracing new technologies inspired by the age-old craft of puppetry. The company’s work has been presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Taipei Children's Art Festival, Festival De Betovering (The Netherlands), Belfast International Children’s Festival, Lincoln Centre (New York), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne International Arts Festival, amongst many others.

The Dead Puppet Society is a production house and design company creating puppet-based, visual theatre in Australia and the United States. Uniting an old world aesthetic with cutting edge technical elements the company conjure immersive worlds where the mythic sits alongside the macabre, and the old school meets the technological. Working in an eclectic form of theatre that ignores the boundaries between defined artistic practices they balance artistic collaborations with training and workshops to strengthen the form of puppetry on the international stage.


"'The story is rich, compelling and multi layered"
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 "'A delicate, poetic, entrancing, yet bold and grounded narrative that sweeps you up from its first to its final words"
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Writer and Director: David Morton
Design: Dead Puppet Society
Composer: Heath Brown
Lighting Designer: Jason James 

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