Puppet Planet

The Puppet Planet program was born in 2020. Dr Wendy Taylor, a palaeontologist and educator at UCT and avid puppet theatre enthusiast, was inspired by the idea of creating a puppet program about all the wealth of natural and cultural heritage we have in South Africa. Together with Dr Thalassa Matthews and puppet designers Sean and Angela MacPherson, JTC developed the concept and funding proposal which was soon accepted and funded by DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences at University of the Witwatersrand.

Due to the many restrictions on theatre in 2020 JTC decided to create a theatre show for TV that appeals to children of all ages. Thandi Finds A Fossil is the 1st episode in the Puppet Planet series. The story is about a 9-year-old girl named Thandi and her magical dog, Oogies, who have a very special relationship – they can travel back in time! On their fantastic adventures they meet animals from the past and learn how South Africa has changed through time. These exciting adventures explore South African palaeontology and archaeology, as well as other natural and social science topics, incorporating issues such as climate change, sustainability, and conservation.

Please find the link to the teaser click here.

Thandi Finds A Fossil is also available as a live show. Please email us if you would like make a booking.

For educational materials and much more please visit the Puppet Planet website here.
All art work & materials designed by Adam Carnegie.

directed by:

Vincent Meyburgh

currently starring:

Beviol Swartz, Naledi Tlailane, Noxolo Magadla, Siyawandisa Badi and Zizipho Gcasamba

funded by:

  • DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences at University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Department of Sports, Arts & Culture
  • Nedgroup Trust Charities