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Clown's Houses

  • Merlin Puppet Theater

  • Dezember 1st 2018
  • TATWERK | Berlin

»Blind are those houses, paper-thin Old shadows hid therein, 
With sly and crazy movements creep Like marionettes, and weep...«
Edith Sitwell 1918

Stripped Works
Photography of a mannequin in a small living room setting depicting an elderly balding pot-bellied man sitting on an armchair, he has his hand raised as the light falling through a small window dazzles him. On the table in front of him lies an object with cables on which he seemed to be building. © Dimitris Poupalos

One building, five apartments and six main characters. Comical-tragical personalities, leading a miserable life which they aren’t afraid to lose but they are afraid to live.
Merlin’ doesn’t attempt to do existential analysis through their work. They are dramatising the modern way of living in its current form and they ballance between the dark comedy and tragedy. Through the dark rooms of »Clowns' Houses« the loneliness of the modern man is displayed; prison-like houses, people trapped into their routines and habits, distant from their dreams.
Already on tour around the world since 2012 , 4 times awarded »Clowns' Houses« is a visual performance for adults (+15).
In »Clowns' Houses« you will find a combination of different puppetry techniques such as marionettes, top table puppets, object and shadow theatre.

In English language

Video »Clown's Houses«
Trailer »Clown's Houses«



June 16th 2017 | 3:30 pm
CLOWNS´ HOUSES | Merlin Puppet Theatre

PAF - Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017


December 1st 2018 | 8:30 pm

TATWERK | Berlin
within Stripped Works - Contemporary Performances Practices Festival 2018


Concept: Merlin Puppet Theater

Direction: Dimitris Stamou

Puppets and costumes: Dimitris Stamou, Demy Papada
Puppet Manipulation: Demy Papada, Dimitris Stamou
Scenery: Merlin Puppet Theatre

Original Music: Achilles Charmpilas

Light Design: Merlin Puppet Theatre

Narration: Chris Androvitsaneas 


Merlin Puppet Theater was founded in  Athens, Greece in 1995. Dimitris Stamou and Demy Papada started of creating masks and puppets for the theatre. In 2001 they started performing with their own performances. Since then they have created  stories for adult and young audience, and they’ve run hundreds of performances at theatres and international festivals in more than 42 countries around world , including workshops on puppet creation and play. In 2011 the group moved in Berlin, Germany. Their work received couple of international theater awards. They’ve participated in festivals, exhibitions, conferences and educational seminars for theater and the art of puppetry. They’ve created  puppets and props for other performers and  artists such as The Tiger Lillies, Dirty Granny Tales and Opera Chaotique. They are members of the Greek Puppet Centre UNIMA HELLAS. Merlin Puppet Theatre lives and works in  Berlin.