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Updated: December 5th, 2016

Beyond The Bark presents


The freakish metamorphic tale of us.

Free post show discussion with the maker, Emma Fisher, facilitated by Dr. Michael Finneran (Mary Immaculate College Drama Department).

Friday, 24 March, 21.30 in Belltable foyer. All are welcome.


Belltable | Thu 23rd – Sat 25th March | 4pm, 6pm & 8pm each day | €12/€10

Capacity: 20 for each performance.


Pupa is inspired by the fairy-tale Pinocchio. Transforming and metamorphosing from abled to disabled, such as when he burns he’s legs of at the fire, along the way Pinocchio is helped by many characters who share their stories with him and make him who he is. In our story, a puppet girl struggling with her disabled part, casts it off and splits herself in two. Banishing her disabled half to the room of forgotten limbs. A puppet boy falls from normality, breaking and reforming. They both go on separate quests to find a sense of wholeness. As they navigates a dark world they encounters many characters on their way-a wise bug, fragmented and broken bodies, singing mouths in jars and silence. 

Pupa derives from the Latin for puppet meaning girl or doll, is also used to describe the middle stage of an insect’s metamorphosis before it re-emergence as a new creature. This is a metaphor for the transition from able to disabled within the play.

By Mixing puppetry, mask, ceramics, song and film, we will tell the freakish metamorphic tale of us. Audiences will be lead through a multi-sensory, interactive, Kafkaesque, telling of Pinocchio as never seen before. 

In a land where we are all different, we question what normal even means. Looking at how people with disabilities think society sees them. We are telling stories of coming out/identifying as disabled and navigating the grey area between disabled and abled.



All ticket prices include €1 per ticket booking charge.

No exchanges or refunds.

For all performances at Belltable, wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.

No late comers admitted to the theatre after the show commences.

On street parking only.

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