Being involved in the creative arts supported Corina Duyn in her journey through illness. Her previous work as nurse and care worker, and life with illness has led to All things Puppetry:  Life Outside the (disability) Box puppetry project;  puppet making classes; Invitations to give lectures at universities, symposia and puppet festivals. As life is always changing, and so is her creative ability, much of the previous made puppets or props are being used in new works, reflecting the move into full time care in April 2021. See also VIDEO page.


50 Minute LECTURE Video now available to watch for free . Detailing some of my previous work, but main focus is on the role of puppetry in exploring life with illness/disability. And as tool to bring greater understanding in society’s believes and expectations about life with illness and disability. English, Dutch and Spanish subtitles available.


Puppetry making classes by Corina Duyn at Little Wings Studio

Puppet Making Course

As of end of 2021 After years of teaching in my studio, and later supporting students online, all my puppet making videos and accompanying online books are now free to access. See HERE for all the links. Or see my YouTube channel  and online ISSUU documents These are interchangeable to follow the course.

See Nationwide program following Corina and her students when she was still teaching in her studio ( RTE1 Irish Television) See here for A short introduction 


Invisible Octopus 

Corina was awarded an Arts and Disability ‘Connect’ Bursary for mentoring by Emma Fisher. Read a paper about the ‘Invisible Octopus’ project  ; Hear a podcast, which imagery of the project (24min); Read the ‘Meet the Artist‘ profile on Arts & Disability Ireland. In 2020 Corina developed the ‘Invisible Octopus’ poem as well as related shadow imagery into a short video Or See  YouTube  An article about my work has been published in Journal of Applied Arts 

Shadow Puppetry 

Due to the limitations of my body, I started using an overhead projector to create shadow puppetry images to replay my story in seconds. It was an incredibly useful tool, for which I needed no support from others. See Blog for a story. Photos of these images become the Invisible Octopus Poem  Images were often shared on the now archive Facebook Art Page


Puppetry. Two reflection Puppets by Corina Duyn

Puppetry Projects

I wrote a series of articles, video, poem about ‘Invisible Octopus’ on my blog. Also about puppetry and illness/disability . See the VIDEO page for links to short puppetry films, like Póilin’s Travels with M.E

As life is always changing, and so is my creative ability, much of the previous made puppets or props are being used in new works, reflecting the move into full time care in April 2021.


black and white photo of Corina Duyn taking puppet out of box. Puppetry. Photo by Nik Palmer


Corina Duyn was one of the speakers at the first Broken Puppet: Puppetry, Disability and Health Symposium. UCC, Cork, August 2017. During 2018 Corina shared her experiences of disability, art and puppetry at the Nottingham Puppet Festival; Puppet Place (Bristol); Bath Spa University, Broken Puppet 2 symposium, Bath , and through a short video at Puppet Power Conference (Calgary); Cork Puppetry Festival 2018; II Puppet Therapy Seminar of Belo Horizonte, Brazil  2018; and Diplomado Muñecoterapia, Chile 2019, Chile 2020, 2021, 2022 Cork 2021 Current talks, only via prerecorded video. See information above.


Life Outside the Box Puppetry Project

Life Outside the Box  Corina Duyn facilitated the Life Outside the Box Puppetry Project (2015/6) while a member of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) Dungarvan Resource Centre. The film, depicting puppets stepping out of the disability box,  has since been screened in Canada, London and on Irish national television. Supported by  Create – Artist in the Community Scheme/ Arts Council of Ireland. See the project in the making.

For video, please see HERE

Dis-ability … This Ability exhibition

The initial Life Outside the Box exhibitions were at Dungarvan and Waterford Library in February and March 2016. In November 2016 Corina Duyn curated the Dis-ability … This Ability exhibition at Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre. The puppets were part of this exhibition. 

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