HEAD IN THE CLOUDS / אבא טרף נמר

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

En castellano: Con la Cabeza en las Nubes

“The most beautiful was the Train Theater's 'Head in the Clouds' prepared by Patricia O'Donovan and Alan Whinston. Patricia was the solo player who brought to life the world of little Josette who looks for her father.....the execution was exquisite. O'Donovan knew how to to take Josette's problems to heart, how to live through all her discoveries and her joy, how to display Josette's ingenuity in the creation of her own world. She has an expressive face, and a sense of humor which helped her to convey the importance of all the little girls' problems. The audience was completely conquered."

Henryk Jurkowski. Animations, Oct. 1990

H. Jurkowsky was Expert editor of the World Encyclopedia of the Contemporary Theatre (ITI,UNESCO). Editor in chief of the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Art UNIMA, UNESCO, 1995-2000).Secretary general of UNIMA (1972-1980); president of UNIMA (1984-1992); president of honor of UNIMA from 1992


Concept, Text, Direction and Performance: Patricia O'Donovan

Design: Patricia O'Donovan and Louise Blankvoort

Music: Composed and played live by Alan Whinston ( 1989-1996). Composed by Yarden Erez and recorded (2001-2006)

Light design: Alain Baczynsky (1989-1996) and Keren Dembinsky (2001-2006)

Revolving lamp and backdrop construction: Mario Keizman.

First and Second Productions: Train Theater of Jerusalem 1989 and 2001

Inspiration for the show came from 4 little well known stories by Absurd Theater playwright Eugène Ionesco. Some say he wrote them for his daughter.

Back then in the late 80's in Israel the show was a pioneer in Israeli children's theater concerning its structure, the assemblage puppets made from everyday bedroom objects, and its rebellious tone which upset some teachers when showed to schoolchildren. But young audiences adored the show and it soon became a success, touring incessantly throughout Israel for years.

For an audience aged 4-6.

From the Press | The kids convinced the teachers it was ok|


  • Israel: International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem. August 2007

  • Israel: International Festival of Puppet Theater, Holon. July 2007

  • Israel: International Children's Theater Festival, Haifa. 2007

  • Israel: International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem. August 2006

  • Germany: International Puppet Theater Festivals, Gera and Halle. 1994 (in English)

  • Spain: International Weeks of Children's Theater, Madrid and La Coruña. 1994 (in Spanish)

  • Spain: XII International Puppet Theater Festival of Bilbao.1993 (in Spanish)

  • Spain: International Festival of Puppet Theater, Zaragoza and Cadiz. 1993 (in Spanish)

  • Israel: Haifa Children's Festival. 1993

  • Israel: International Puppet Theater Festival, Jerusalem. August 1993

  • Portugal: IV International Festival " Marionetas Do Porto", Porto. 1992 (in Spanish)

  • Israel: International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem. August 1990

  • Italy: International Puppet Theater Festival "Arrivano del Mare". Cervia, 1990 (in Spanish)

  • Mexico: 2nd International Festival of Puppet Theater "Ollin Yoltzli", Leon, Guanajuato and Mexico City. 1989 (in Spanish)