Summer Show

Paperhand’s 22nd annual show is

“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?  

We are excited to announce that our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is complete, and our show has been funded! A huge thank you to everyone who helped us to make this show a reality – we’re so grateful to our community that supports us each year and helps to make this possible. Our interns and artists are hard at work in the studio creating 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.

All questions regarding ticket sales should be directed towards the Paperhand Puppet Intervention group at Please do not contact the show venues.

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.

About our Summer Shows

Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza.

These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers.

Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 18,000 people each year!

We are grateful to be funded by donations from supporters through a Spring Kickstarter fundraiser and, year-round, through Patreon. We open our studio to the community every Saturday in June and July for Work/Play Days where folks of all ages and persuasions get messy building puppets and props for the Summer Show.

Through our annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder. We hope you can join us.

Summer Show Questions & Answers here.

View our past shows here.