Jabberwocky by The Oldet Workshop Trout Pupp

Jabberwocky by The Oldet Workshop Trout Pupp

by The Oldet Workshop Trout Pupp

A piece of theatre inspired by Lewis Carroll that is, indeed, inspired. - Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail
Jabberwocky by The Oldet Workshop Trout Pupp


Created by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Beware the Jabberwock!

Such is the frantic warning inscribed to us in the strange and ancient poem known as Jabberwocky… but what monster does it actually mean?  Is it fanged or flapping, furry or finned, ferocious or formless? Is it outside our bedroom door even now, drooling?  Or is it already amongst us? Do not fear: in this, their brand new puppet extravaganza for adults, the Old Trouts clutch their vorpal swords in hand, and valiantly promise to save us all from the things that haunt us in the night.

Not recommended for young children.
Suggested age: 13+
Contains Mature Content

Featuring: Nicolas Di Gaetano, Teddy Ivanova, Pityu Kenderes, Sebastian Kroon

Collectively Written, Directed & Set Designed
by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

The Old Trouts: Judd Palmer, Peter Balkwill & Pityu Kenderes

Costume Designer: Jen Gareau
Lighting Designer: Terry Middleton
Sound Designer: Jonathan Lewis
Stage Manager: Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

Photography by Jason Stang Photography







Judd Palmer is one of the founding co-artistic directors of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and so thinking up puppet shows is his main bag, God help him.  In recent years his focus has been on the Old Trout Film Division, directing the award-winning Old Trout/NFB Christmas special From Naughty to Nice.  Judd is also a writer and illustrator – three of his books have been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for Children’s Literature – and long ago he was the singer and slide banjo player in the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir.  He lives with the woman of his dreams and their son Max, who is planning on turning one in January and will grow up to be a great conqueror.  Except the good kind of conqueror.  A conqueror for goodness.



Peter Balkwill is one of the founding co-artistic directors of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle (2000), as well as a BFA in Theatre from University of Victoria (1997). He has served as the head of movement at the University of Victoria (2001/2002) and has led workshops extensively in Canada and the U.S. Peter has worked nine summers and four full seasons at the Rocky Mountain YMCA, Outdoor Centre, instructing groups through environmental education.



Pityu Kenderes is one of the founding co-artistic directors of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop. Pityu is a sculptor and painter and puppeteer, in live theater and for film. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design, and a Graduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary.



Nick Di Gaetano is a Toronto-based comedian and musician whose performance/creation career includes clown shows, puppet shows, improv shows, shows for children, punk/hardcore bands, performance art, voice over and a ton of original music for stage, film and recorded mediums. He lives in the uncomfortable place where weird, sad and irreverent collide and is a self-described professional collaborator and renaissance (hu)man. He is an Associate Artist with the Old Trouts whose credits include: The Tooth Fairy, Ignorance, Famous Puppet Death Scenes, Trunk Puppet and The Unlikely Birth of Istvan. He recently premiered UNBRIDLED FUTURISM – a Sci-Fi/Music show with his company makesndoes, is the Co-Artistic Director of Mi Casa Theatre in Ottawa and a Resident Artist at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in Toronto.



Teddy Ivanova is a Toronto-based actor, writer, improviser, and puppeteer who has toured across Canada collaborating on theatre, sketch comedy, improv, dance, and interdisciplinary projects. She is an Associate Artist with the Old Trouts whose credits include: The Unlikely Birth of Istvan, Trunk Puppet  and The Tooth Fairy. Other credits include UNBRIDLED FUTURISM (makesndoes), Inclement Weather (Mi Casa Theatre), Snapshot (Gruppo Rubato) and Radioheaded 1+2 (One Yellow Rabbit). She is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BFA in Theatre. She met her best friend and husband Nick while working for the Old Trouts and they have been a weird and wonderful presence in her life ever since.



Sebastian Kroon is a theatre artist based in Vancouver, where he has appeared for most theatre companies in town. In 2014 he received a Jessie Richardson Award nomination for his portrayal of Lennie in Of Mice and Men. That same year Sebastian was a writer-in-residence for Delinquent Theatre where he developed a one-woman-show Wolf.  As a writer he has been published in English and Polish. He has played bass for China Repair, Hell of a Girl, the punk-rock disaster, Ribby McFly as well as guitar for the hodgepodge that would become Mediocre at Best. Sebastian was born and raised in southern Alberta. He never sleeps.