Yugen Puppet Company

The Water Kelpie of Loch Ness

The Loch Ness monster is the most famous icon of Scottish myths and legends and a story that Yugen wanted to explore in a different way.

Using traditional Scottish music, Gaelic voice, Pictish inspired shadow and hand carved puppets, the show is set in its Scottish roots. The story explores the loss of a child to the Kelpie and how his parents defeat the beast and find peace in releasing his spirit from the watery depths of the loch. This is the first Yugen production without words. The first production of the 'Kelpie of Loch Ness' was performed during The Puppet Animation Festival 2010 where it was well received by audiences and theatre venues. The show ran for eleven performances at different venues.

'The soundscapes inspired by Gaelic songs were beautiful'... 'The puppets and scenery for this production were very well made and some beautiful imagery was created'...'the lighting was beautiful and the simple use of fire created a magical moment in the production.'
 - Magdalena Schamberger, Scottish Arts Council Evaluation.

'This new production from one of Scotland's leading companies uses soundscapes inspired by Gaelic song, gentle and engaging storytelling, beautifully created puppets and striking animation in this beautiful adaptation'.

- Simon Hart, Puppet Animation Scotland.