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Ian McFarlane

Ian is a theatre maker, scenographer and puppeteer living in Mi'kma'ki, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia.

Ian is a multifaceted theatre maker whose unique practice of landscape poetics, junkyard theatrics, and performative alchemy explores the unexpected correspondence between the performing body and the performing of the world. Expanding on the disciplines of puppetry, ecoscenography and sensory ethnography as foundations for creative inquiry, Ian creates works for the theatre, outdoor spectacles and community-led projects. Recent artistic activities include: workshop facilitation at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, performance/creation/design of Troubling Joy: A Bicycle Puppet Circus (2021) and Late Night Radio (2020) with The North Barn Theatre Collective , Resident Puppeteer with Bread and Puppet Theater, including an international performance of The Honey Let’s Go Home Opera at the 2019 Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes, and puppeteer in Iinisikilmm with The Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry (2017). Ian received an MFA in Contemporary Art from Simon Fraser University in 2018, is a co-producer and resident scenographer for The River Clyde Pageant in New Glasgow, PEI, and a co-creator of The North Barn Theatre Collective in Antigonish County, NS

Several people sitting in a field watching a puppet show.
Bringing Trouble: An Account of a Travelling Bicycle Puppet Show

Bringing Trouble: An Account of a Travelling Bicycle Puppet Show

25 January 2022

In 2021, Ian McFarlane and Laura Stinson of North Barn Theatre launched into a bicycle tour that brought a puppet circus to rural communities across Nova Scotia. They discuss the creation and performance of their show, which joyously embraced troublemaking as a path to activism.