About The Green Box
The freak show has arrived in Mississauga! Escape into a dark and fantastical world filled with curiosities. Discover what monsters and mayhem lurk behind the curtain of the freak show. Enter at your own risk!
Based on Victor Hugo’s celebrated novel, “The Man Who Laughs“, this devilishly funny and offbeat puppet show from Le Théâtre la Licorne in France, is coming to Mississauga. Great for audiences ages 13 and up. We recommend children under 13 be accompanied by an adult.
About Victor Hugo
One of the most prolific writers in the world, Victor Hugo is the mind behind literary classics such as Les Miserables, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. You might recognize these titles from pop culture. Les Miserables is a hit musical on broadway, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was adapted into a Disney animated film in the 1990’s.
Why Is Victor Hugo An Important Writer
Although Victor Hugo lived in the 1800’s, his work is still celebrated and studied all around world. Victor Hugo wrote about the human condition in a tumultuous period in France. He explores both sides human nature; human kindness and cruelty. Victor Hugo’s novels touches on themes of equality, the importance of education, criminal and social justice. His novels continue to resonate with people all over the world.
Written and Directed by: Claire Dancoisne
Performed by: Léo Smith and Olivier Brabant
Puppets designed by : Francis Debeyre
Composed by: Bruno Soulier
Set Design by: Chicken, Olivier Sion
Costuming by: Claire Browet
Lighting Design by: François Vallée
Stage Manager: Hélène Becquet
About The Company
Théâtre la Licorne has more than 30 years of experience in puppetry and object theatre. La Licorne, meaning The Unicorn in English, has a taste for the impossible. Actors, visual artists and musicians work together to stretch the viewers the imagination as far as possible.
La Licorn tinkers with ugly and discarded everyday objects transforming them into beautiful and magical puppetry.
Since its creation in 1986, the company has produced shows in corridors, in the street, in classrooms, in apartments, in unusual places as well as grand theatres. Nearly forty original creations have traveled the roads of France and internationally in front of an ever-increasing number of spectators.
About Puppet Festival Mississauga
Discover Puppet Festival Mississauga, an international celebration of puppetry and animation! Formerly known as Bridges Festival, this event takes place throughout Mississauga during March Break and around the year, offering a variety of engaging activities for all ages.
Whether you’re a parent seeking fun for your kids or a lover of creativity, this festival has something for everyone. Experience captivating performances, interactive workshops, and fascinating exhibits showcasing the best of puppetry from around the world.
More than 15 events, including puppet shows, short films, workshops, exhibitions, and talks, are carefully curated to provide quality education and entertainment for families. Puppet Festival Mississauga aims to enrich children’s lives through award-winning shows, animated films, and interactive activities.
The festival takes place in various locations across Mississauga, including Port Credit, Clarkson, Cooksville, Mississauga City Centre, Rathburn, Streetsville, and Malton. Collaborating with local organizations such as art galleries, museums, theaters, and outdoor spaces brings the city to life.
Proudly organized by Crane Creations Theatre Company, a non-profit professional theatre company based in Mississauga. The festival’s goal is to provide unique artistic experiences that spark curiosity and wonder, inspiring children’s interest in robotics and engineering.
Puppetry plays a vital role in technological and social advancements, evident in the complex machines and popular animated shows that utilize puppetry techniques. Join the conversation on social media and share how puppetry influences your life.
In 2023, Bridges Festival has rebranded as Puppet Festival Mississauga, returning for the fourth time. Don’t miss the chance to unleash your inner puppeteer and be a part of this exciting event. Join us at Puppet Festival Mississauga and discover a world of enchantment!