HAND IN GLOVE

Growing up, Miriam Lambert never questioned the notion that she would spend her entire life working with puppets.

How could she? Sure, wasn’t dad heading up one of RTE’s most-loved shows, Wanderly Wagon, with his array of fine little friends, Mr Crow, Foxy and Judge – puppets that would become as familiar to Irish kids as Big Bird, Kermit and Oscar The Grouch.

“I grew up in a three-bed semi in Finglas, and puppets and props were very much part of the family home. My father built a workshop at the bottom of the garden, and there he created and stored the puppets. It was all we knew…”

And it’s a lifelong love that shows up on stage, Miriam having gone out on her own in the early 1990s – and she’s never looked back since. Mainly because the puppets are out front.

“I had a few years where I dared think about a different life, but, puppetry is in my blood. And it thrills me, to this day. It’s a tradition as old as time, and yet, right in the moment, there’s nothing more alive, more magical, than getting a bunch of kids to believe in a little character you have just created for them…

“And creating such magic in a place like The Whale is going to be pure joy…”

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