Our 2022 show is in the works!

The show opens on August 12th!

Our 22nd annual giant puppet show is titled “The Meanwhile Clock and other Impossible Dances”

The Time is Now! Paperhand is back for our 22nd summer spectacle for all ages. This year we’re taking an adventurous dive into the paradoxical nature of time. Paper, cloth, and cardboard transform into creatures and characters of all shapes and sizes then come alive in a parade of primordial pageantry! …and we stop to wonder – what will we do with the time we have?  

Our interns and artists are hard at work in the studio creating the puppets for this year’s show, and we can’t wait to share them with you all. Let us create!

You can find the full show calendar and the list of all our amazing opening acts here.

Tickets are available now!

This year, we will have both online and in person ticket sales. We will have 800 pre-sale tickets available for each show, and 200 at the door.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-14, and free for children 3 and under. However, we feel that it’s important to make art accessible to all – we won’t turn anyone away due to lack of funds.

Buy tickets online for the Forest Theatre

Buy tickets online for the North Carolina Museum of Art

Paperhand is thrilled to be working remotely with the amazing
performer, writer and activist Eli Nixon

We have been inspired and
informed in our work creating this summer’s pageant by Eli’s
incredible new book Bloodtide.

Bloodtide attempts queer futurity, without mythologies of settler
innocence, and with sustained recognition that time extends through
our ancestors: recent ones, bog bodies, slithering fern dwellers and
primordial beasts with telsons ruddering behind. It’s a holiday
marking our relation to place and thus the necessity of making
reparations and contributing to land return projects. Bloodtide
promotes horizontalist structure building practices through pageantry,
crabaoke (altered lyrics), naturedrag, cardboard sculpting, feasting
and other hands-on locally oriented, commemorative & survivalist
practices. Bloodtide posits that shared homage and attention to
horseshoe crabs might further all repair efforts and other
insufficient necessities for our collective and individual healing/

If you would like to buy a copy, you can do it here.

Get involved!

If you’re interested in performing with Paperhand as a volunteer in our 2022 show or helping us out as a part of our front of house team, you can sign up here!

Books are in stock now, and are available for purchase
online and at:

Paperhand events, The General Store in Saxapahaw, McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village, Flyleaf in Chapel Hill, Quail Ridge in Raleigh

“The handsome volume is also a triumph against the subtle forces that always threaten the legacy of the live arts…

All through the book, a cascade of vivid full-page images and illustrations feature an astonishing array of larger-than-life mythic, iconic, and archetypal figures drawn from [sources] across the globe. Dragons and phoenixes fly across its pages.”

-Byron Woods for The Indy

*Shows! Workshops! Calls for volunteers!*

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