Lana Schwarcz nurses her puppets in Grandpa Sol.
People often associate puppets with theatre for young audiences, but extraordinary artists like Ronnie Burkett have proven that puppets can entrance older viewers, too.
No surprise that a trio of productions at Fringekids! (the new name for the KidsVenue at the Palmerston Library Theatre) use puppets to push the plot along.
The eight-year-old at the centre of Derrick, Supreme Ruler Of The World, And Mister Sock, turns to a mouthy hand puppet to vent his frustrations. Scaredy Kat is a musical puppet show about monsters under the bed, one of whom becomes a young girl's therapist to explore the frightening things in her life.
As You Puppet takes a classic and reinvents it, using stuffed animals to present one of the Bard's best-known comedies.
And for adults? Coming from Australia is Grandpa Sol And Grandma Rosie, in which a nurse confronts her worries about aging by working at a care facility for seniors. The show features six life-sized puppets and a number of talking dentures who interact with writer/performer Lana Schwarcz (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse).
Sounds like it's worth biting into.