The Zoo In My Garden

A tale of biodiversity, friendship and snoring sheds...

The Wiggles Band

Many people remember being brought to the Natural History Museum to see the ‘Dead Zoo’. The Zoo in My Garden brings some of the animals in the Museum back to life in a captivating theatre performance involving beautifully made puppets of animals that forage around in our back gardens.

Puffin resuscitated by the Hedgehog

The Zoo In My Garden tells the story of Simon, a boy who thinks his garden is boring until a strange guest arrives and needs his help. Simon then goes on a magical journey of discovery with his feathered and furry friends and snoring sheds! This event is sure to visually stimulate everyone with its colourful puppets, captivating storyline and sound effects.

The ‘Zoo in My Garden’ is a collaboration between Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT), NMI and the Dublin City of Science Festival.


Conceived by: Ger Clancy (IADT) and Catherine McGuinness (NMI)

Script: Ger Clancy and Paul McDonnell (IADT)

Directed by: Denis Conway (Ouroboros Theatre)

Producers: Lorraine Comer, Siobhan Pierce and Catherine McGuinness (NMI)

Original Score Composed by: Chris McLoughlin

Sound Engineer: Paul Mcglue

Dublin City of Science Curator: Vincent McCarthy

IADT students:

Set Designer: Judith Wüschner

Stage Manager: Lindsey Foley

Puppet Manager and Storyboard artist: David Lynham

Character Design: Billy McDonald

Film documentation and visual effects artist: Ruadhri Brennan

Arts Administration Intern: Sadhbh Mc Mullen

Graphic Design: Ger Byrne

Hedgehog a cookin'


Frog - Tomas Hoyne

Worms - Elin Adler, Eugenia Genunchi

Blackbirds - Conor Richardson, Dami Nuga, Cathleen Meakin


Male            Paddy Hoyne

Female          Kathy Lisa Connellan

Mother          Conor O'Shea

Boy - Simon Boyle

Pigeon - Dave Lynham

Hedgehog - Paul McDonnell

Puffin - Simon Boyle

Flowers - Eugenia Genunchi, Elin Adler, Aishling McCorry

Frogettes -

Gemma Mc Guinness, Eugenia Genunchi, Elin Adler, Aishling McCorry, Cathleen Meakin, Dami Nuga.


Billy McDonald and Puffin

Lecturing Team:

Creative Direction: Ger Clancy and Paul McDonnell

Context and Research: Sherra Murphy

Scientific Adviser: Catherine McGuinness

Movement coaching : Monika Bieniek

Set construction consultant: Andrew Clancy

Course co-ordinator: Julian King

With the assistance of the Modelmaking staff:

Clyde Doyle, John Buckley, Kathleen Walsh, Ian Hannon, Dave Flynn

Puppet Makers

Puppet makers:

David Lynham, Billy McDonald, Linsey Foley, Kathy Lisa Connellan, Stephen Mc Manus, Allen Anderson, Ronan Barrett, Martina Cuddihy, Alexander Cullen, Aaron Deevy, Rachel Doyle, Holly Hallahan, Patrick Hoyne, Chantal Jammet, Hannah Kavanagh, Liam Kavanagh, Claudette Keane, Vincent Lam, Gemma Mc Guinness, Sam Mc Loughlin, Eoin Mc Morrow, Tamara Melly, Joe Murphy, Kellymarie Nurney, Conor O Shea, Lucia Pete, Conor Richardson, Robert Smyth, Elaine Sugrue, Mark Whitty, Michael Wong.

Theatre intern: Bryan Moriarty


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