Dutch Uncle Puppetry was formed in 2009, when Marcus Jamin and Daniel Briere came together to explore new and innovative ways to approach puppet theatre. Drawing from techniques developed and employed by puppeteers such as Hansjürgen Fettig and Sergei Obraztsov, they created their first short production, Morsel, which received fantastic reception at the 2009 Lab Cab Festival in Toronto and at the 2010 Les Trois Jours de Casteliers in Montreal. Morsel was a collaboration with a 5 piece orchestra who performed the soundscape live in sync with the actors/puppets.
“The discovery of the [Lab Cab] festival was Morsel. Beautifully designed and performed, Morsel attracted lots of attention from theatre folk who attended Lab Cab…. Let’s hope Morsel is further developed and reaches a larger audience. It’s really a satisfying theatrical meal, not just a snack.”
- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine, 2009
The success of Morsel inspired the company to begin the creation of a larger one-act puppet play, with focus on puppetry, video and light projection. Attacking a more dramatically fertile setting, Everyboy explores the volatile and often violent breakdown of childhood friendships as three preteen boys face a changing social landscape. Dutch Uncle Puppetry received assistance from the Ontario Arts Council through the Theatre Creators Reserve to develop Everyboy, which saw workshop productions at Theatre Passe Murraille’s Buzz Festival and the Summerworks Theatre Festival’s Performance Bar in 2010. Dutch Uncle Puppetry has also been involved with several puppet performances including the Poor Pilgrim Island Show, Canzine and the Fresh Ideas Festival.
Dutch Uncle company members include Daniel Briere, Erin Fleck and Marcus Jamin.