Presented by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company

An inspirational, visual treat of Camille Saint-Saëns classic with puppetry and a whole lot of cardboard for everyone from 4 – 104.

DATE: Saturday 11th February

TIME: 11:30 am / 2 pm (SOLD OUT)

PRICE: £8/6

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Trunk, Tail, Ears or Wings?
Carnival creates itself from all sorts of things!

This is “Carnival of the Animals” but not as we know it. Dissected for body part potential to create the “ultimate animal”, we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Charles Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility.

Inspiration and delight for everyone from 4 to 104.
With their own inimitable style Lempen have taken the fantastic music by Camille Saint-Saëns, and an exploration of the material of cardboard, to make a fun, visual production with no text, refreshingly focused on the simple magic of puppetry to leave audiences inspired by both the animal theatricality of the music and the creative potential of the simple cardboard box.


“Thank you for today’s show Cardboard Carnival. What a charming, funny and inventive show enhanced by a beautiful atmospheric soundtrack. The enthralled children were inspired to dive into a stock of cardboard boxes and tubes that we put out for them as they left, no doubt planning to create their own animals!” Janet Farmer, Pocklington Arts Centre

“Lempen always makes things magic – a very special quality!” Rachel Feldberg, Ilkley Literature Festival

“I can honestly say that was the most creative thing I have ever seen. And we see a lot. Really inspiring!” Abbey Denny, Cropthorne Primary School
Thank YOU for the performances of Cardboard Carnival this weekend – we had such fantastic feedback from visitors about you, you were a massive hit!” Anna Smalley, Head of Engagement, Carlisle Tully House Arts Trust

“You can spend a fortune on multi-media but it’s amazing what you can do with cardboard and paper – Superb!”

“That was the most creative show I have ever seen. Really inspiring!”


RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes


Please note that latecomers may be refused entry and readmittance may not be possible.
In the event of a show having an interval The Edge may not allow access to latecomers until the second half of the performance, this is due to the seating area being accessed across the performance area.

*Concessions by Conscience: you pay what you can afford depending on your circumstances. We don’t ask for any proof, we just leave it to your discretion. Please remember we are a charity and rely on ticket income and other limited funding.

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