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Kathy and MacBeth
Our mission is to create and present intimate and innovative theatre experiences of high artistic quality for school and family audiences. We believe in simple, aesthetically beautiful effects that encourage imagination and new ways of looking at things.


Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre has toured across Canada and the U.S. since 1978. Founders John Nolan and Kathy MacLellan are joined by musician Russell Levia in productions of exceptional creativity and value for young audiences. Over 100 performances a year take the company to schools, libraries, children's festivals and theatres. Kathy has also written for many children's TV shows, including Mr. Dressup, Under the Umbrella Tree, and Theodore Tugboat. John appeared as Jackson on the YTV show Crazy Quilt. Numerous awards include an ACTRA award and a Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA, the international puppetry association.


Russell plays in clubs and community centres, and at festivals such as the Ottawa Folk Festival and the Blue Skies Festival. He has released 4 albums: Tea for Two, So Rare, Sea of Heartbreak and Morningtown Ride.


John and Kathy also regularly teach puppet-making, mask and drama workshops at all levels.


Rag & Bone's shows include Punch and Judy, The Snow Queen, The Nativity, The Cow Show, The Nightingale, Tug of War, A Bauchan in the Family, A Promise is a Promise, The Weaving of a Dream, The Story of Holly & Ivy, Felicity Falls, Macbeth, The Light Princess, Zoom at Sea, The Tempest and The Flying Canoe and The Wind in the Willows.

The company that's known for delightful and intelligent puppet shows for kids of all ages.—Ottawa Citizen • Magical—London Free Press • A seemingly endless degree of talent.—Red Lake News • Marvellous effects created with minimal props…superb use of music —Calgary Herald • Stunningly imaginative—Winnipeg Free Press • A definite 10 out of 10!—CBO Morning • Rag & Bone has earned a reputation for creating fascinating child­ren's entertainment with a minimum of props but an abundance of imagination.—Ottawa Citizen • Gets imaginations humming. That makes it old-fashioned children's theatre in the very best sense.—Calgary Herald