Accompanied by original music the Bewonderment Machine is an artist-built cycle-powered carousel, a kinetic public sculpture and a magical journey for small children. 

This handmade, human-powered merry-go-round combines hand-carved animals, puppetry, and music. With riding space for up to 10, this is also a miniature theatrical flight of the imagination, empowering the very young to care and to be curious.


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The Bewonderment Machine

by A Bird In The Hand Theatre

Performance Styles

  • Music
  • Installations

Act Info

  • Great for Garden Themed Events
  • Suitable for Science Festivals

“We were delighted to programme The Bewonderment Machine at a number of festivals in 2018. This is a beautiful artistic carousel, that celebrates nature and encourages children to look around them with fresh eyes. Audiences visited time and time again as they were enchanted by the woodland animals and the characters that animated the experience….this it everything that outdoor arts for young children should be”

— Sarah Bird, Director, Wild Rumpus

The Bewonderment Machine was really well received and the two ladies operating it were great, very professional and enthusiastic.

— Karin de Figueiredo, Birminingham Jewellery Quarter