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March 12 2024 @ 7pm
March 13 2024 @ 10am


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About Epidermis Circus

Watch a Jim Henson Company puppeteer make a live puppet film before your very eyes, using only household objects, a camera, and her bare hands. Ingrid Hansen animates cheeky vignettes in the palm of her hand and projects them onto a huge screen. This spicy puppetry cabaret features mind-bending illusions. Get your comedy fix and stretch your brain into surreal worlds.

Epidermis Circus is created Canada’s top inventive minds including Ingrid Hansen of Emmy-award winning series Sesame and Fraggle Rock and JIMBO the Drag Clown winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars. 

“Utterly magical, insanely inventive, wickedly funny, and beautifully twisted.  Imagine Lambchops Puppeteer Shari Lewis’s soul possessed by David Lynch. With dark, deadpan humour, Hansen employs video projection to provocative, cinematic effect.  ★★★★★ ” – Winnipeg Free Press. 

Show Content: Epidermis Circus includes cartoonish sexual content, swear words, and puppet suicide. There are moments of dark lighting, loud music, and surprises

Recommended Age: 13+

Duration: 1 hour

Language: English

Cast & Creative


Produced by SNAFU Society of Unexpected Spectacles

Co-Created & Directed by Britt Small

Co-Created & Performed by Ingrid Hansen

Co-Produced by, and with creative contributions from, Kathleen Greenfield

Costume Design by JIMBO The Drag Clown (James Insell)

Additional puppetry coaching & jokes from Mike Petersen, Rod Peter Jr, Anand Rajaram & Victor Dolhai

Stage Management by Adam Proulx


Epidermis Circus was created with support from the Capital Regional District Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Early development of Epidermis Circus was also supported by the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms initiative, and the OAC’s Theatre Creators Reserve as


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Meet The Artists

Ingrid Hansen
Ingrid puppeteers on television for Emmy-Award-Winning series for AppleTV+ Helpsters (Sesame Workshop), and Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock. Ingrid choreographed and directed music videos for Canadian legend Fred Penner and choreographed for Letterkenny's K. Trevor Wilson. Ingrid is the co-founder of SNAFU and has been presented by the NAC, The Great Canadian Theatre Centre, The Centaur Theatre, and festivals across North America.
Kathleen Greenfield
Kathleen lives, collaborates and creates new work on the territories of the WSÁNEĆ, Lkwungen & Wyomilth people. Kathleen’s interests and experience are in site-specific outdoor performance, shadow and object puppetry, clown and reviving old stories. Kathleen has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria and studied at the Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive in 2012. In 2013, Kathleen joined SNAFU Dance Theatre as Co-Artistic Director.
Britt Small
Britt holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Victoria. She is the co-founder and co-director of Atomic Vaudeville Theatre Company with 20+ years experience as a director, producer, performer, curator, storyteller and teacher. She's directed productions in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, GVSF, Castlereigh Theatre, SNAFU, Gateway Theatre, The Belfry and AV. Britt also teaches acting, play building, clown, comedy, movement and improvisation for VADA and CCPA.
Adam Proulx
Adam Francis Proulx's award-winning solo shows tour North America, including The Family Crow and Emilio’s A Million Chameleons. Adam works on stages across North America such as Neptune, Kennedy Space Centre, Disney World, and he can currently be seen on The Fabulous Show with Fay & Fluffy. Adam was Assistant Artistic Director of Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, and had a residency with The Puppetsmithery, Tarragon and Ontario Culture Days.
Jimbo is a fabulous drag queen and whimsical clown, innovative designer, jaw-dropping-performer, and all around free spirit. Winner of Ru Pauls’ Drag Race All Stars and Founder of the House of Jimbo, Jimbo is a Victoria-based artist who has designed for film and television and on stage for Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville (Ride the Cyclone, Rocky Horror, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.)

The Company That Created Epidermis Circus

​SNAFU’s work invigorates people of all ages, creating dynamic spaces for young and old to experience art together under new terms.  Our creative collaborations connect multi-disciplinary artists in theatre, storytelling, puppetry, dance, live music, circus, and visual art.  We create unexpected spectacles in unusual spaces, including bike trails, public washrooms, theatres, art galleries, fields, heritage sites, parking garages, schools and prisons.
SNAFU targets audiences who do not normally go to watch live theatre.   Spectators are invited to have an active role in the action as it unfolds. We work with dynamic visual storytelling with a low-fi, Do-it-yourself aesthetic using repurposed, recycled and found materials as often as possible.   Everyone involved in the process is invited to throw ideas into the pot, including stage managers, visiting artists, neighbors, or passers-by.  We continually seek feedback from our audiences and other artists and mentors across Canada.

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