The performances are part of the series Museum Comes Alive, where several of the long-run shows are re-born in the rooms of the museum. The shows run every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM from September to May. Though the performances are in Estonian, often the shows have little spoken word and is understandable for many.
The performance ticket also gives access to other parts of the museum for you to visit before or after the show. The atrium seats about 25 people, so tickets are limited.
What is performed?
- "Okasroosike" or Sleeping Beauty is a production from 1982 and is now performed by only two actors - Tiina Tõnis and Taavi Tõnisson. You can see beautifully carved puppets on a miniature stage performing the good old Brother Grimm fairy tale.
- "Vepsa muinsjutud" or The Tales from Vepsic People is a re-staged version of a legendary production by Helle Laas - the beloved actress of NUKU of 51 years. Three stories from the vepsic people are told with a little help from the audience.
- "Karjapoiss on kuningas" or Shepherd Boy is the King is the longest-running production in Estonian theatre. The premiere was in 1981 and it has been performed over 650 times. Actors Are Uder and Riho Tammert play two boys herding animals who spend their time by singing, mimicking nature voices and story-telling.
- "Seitsmepäine haldjas" or The Seven Headed Fairy is an up-beat show specially made for the museum atrium. Actress Tiina Tõnis performs all the roles on her own, playing many funny and strange characters from the fairy-tale book by Ervin Lázár.
- "Šoti torupillimängija" or The Scottish Piper. Actors Katri Pekri and Are Uder perform the production from 2008 in the dungeon of the puppetry museum. A brave piper Alasdair steps up to the plate to face a legendary but somewhat scary Scottish legent.
- Mono performances by actor Are Uder - a variety of short performances done by Are Uder who has been with NUKU since the 1970s.