The marionet maker

When visiting the flea market of Thissio in Athens we got impressed by the plays of Yannis Liagkos, a puppeteer who creates and sells handmade marionettes for traditional Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre.
Take a minute to discover a great shadow puppet character of Greek folklore! His name is Karagiozis, and he comes from Turkish shadow plays. Karagiozis is a poor hunchbacked Greek, his right hand is always depicted as being too long, his clothes are ragged and patched, and his feet are always bare. He lives in a poor cottage with his wife Aglaia and their three sons, during the time of the Ottoman empire. Because of his poverty, Karagiozis finds mischievous and crude ways to make money and feed his family. By performing in streets, markets, hospitals, schools, clubs and camps all over Athens, Yannis Liagkos is loved by young and old for his funny small shadow theater plays. He loves to pass on this piece of Greek tradition folklore to the younger generation, the theatre of shadows, the shadows of us all! In Yannis’s shows, children are always active participants, who help him in setting up the narrative with their questions and with their voices. Produced and directed by Anneke Verschave.

To order Karagiozis figures mail to or call +30 697 3683639.