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History of Puppetry
in Canada

John and Linda Keogh

John Keogh and his wife Linda (née Aliman) trained with his parents,
Violet and David Keogh, and with Muriel Heddle in the 1930s. Both John and Linda had studied ballet, and Linda was a dancer with the Volkoff Ballet. Following the Second World War, they established The Canadian Puppet Theatre (1945-1968). They performed in department stores and at trade shows, and spent eight years with CBC Television on shows such as Maggie Muggins and Razzle Dazzle. In 1961, they opened a "permanent" summer puppet theatre on Toronto Island but continuing problems with vandalism forced them to give it up. Over the years, the Keoghs travelled extensively across Canada with their Shell Show. Their final public appearance was at Expo 67, and they retired from puppetry the following year.

Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.