A puppet theatre for families and children

The company "Le Guignol à Roulettes" was founded in 1981 by Pierre-Alain Rolle and Marie-Dominique Lambert. Since 2018 Paola Busca has joined the artistic direction of the theatre. It's a puppet theatre company. Its activities are mainly aimed at families and school-age children.

As its name suggests, the "Guignol on wheels" is itinerant. From Guignol we have inherited the spirit of freedom and non-conformism. We provide theatre that is close to children, free and imaginative.

The Guignol on wheels is based in Fribourg, Switzerland, and develops most of its activities in this country.

International presentations

Participation in international festivals and tours of Europe are an important part of the Guignol à roulettes' activity.

France :

Festivals : Lyon, Biennale Internationale du théâtre jeune public / Têtes de Bois / Charleville Mézières, Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette / Le Grand Bornan, au bonheur des mômes / Dijon, A pas contés / Billom, Etincelles

National scenes : Ales, Narbonne, Albi

Other theatres : Guignol de Lyon / Musée Gadagne, Lyon / Institut International de la Marionnette, Charleville

Spain :

Festivals : Tolosa, Alicante, Tenerife

Other theatres La Puntual, Barcelona / Sala Fenix, Barcelona / El Foment, Vilanova I la Geltru

Russia :

Saint Petersburg : "KUKART" festival 

Yekaterinburg : “Petruschka the Great” Festival / French Institute / Puppet Theatre

Other Puppet Theatres : Chelyabinsk, Perm, Novosibirsk

Other European countries:

Germany (Stuttgart), England (Penzance)

The Guignol on wheels in West Africa:

Burkina Faso :

Ouagadougou: Festival Rendez-vous-chez-nous / Festival Filigranes / French Cultural Centre / the Cartel / FITMO Festival / Espace GAmbidi (Théâtre de la Fraternité) / the Burkinabe Theatre Workshop (ATB) / the Opera Village

Bobodioulasso: French Cultural Centre / Siraba Cultural Centre / Dafra Cultural Centre

Boromo: centre for the creation of Great People

Mali :


Niger :

Niamey: French-Nigerian Cultural Centre "Jean Rouch"

Ivory Coast :

Adzopé, RIAC Festival

The Guignol on wheels in Asia:

China :

Beijing: TaiHu Beijing International Puppet Festival-TIPF

Hong Kong: Ming Ri Festival


Baku International Festival

The Guignol on wheels in Latin America:

Cuba :

La Habana, Teatro Museo El Arca / Matanzas, Sala Papalote " Festival TITIM " / Cienfuegos, Teatro Tomás Terry / Manicaragua, Teatro Escambray / Santa Clara, El Mejunje / Remedios, Teatro Rabindranath Tagore / Sancti Spíritus, Teatro Guinol / Ciego de Ávila, Sala Abdala / San Antonio de los Baños, Cine Teatro Círculo de Artesanos

Argentina :

Buenos Aires : Festival Internacional Titeres Al Sur - Catalinas Sur / Circuito Barracas / Pompas / Mascaras / Teatro Pan y Arte / El Trompo / Teatro Tornavia of the Universidad Nacional San Martin / Centro Cultural LA NUBE / Galpon de Piedrabuenarte / centro cultural EL PUENTE

The repertoire :

Most of the shows created by the Guignol on wheels run regularly and for long periods of time. Three of our shows have been performed more than a hundred times. Currently in the repertoire for young audiences are "Au Bord du Monde" in French, Spanish and English, "Touda and Paki" in French and Spanish, "Derrière chez moi" in French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and English, and "On s'en va", a show without words.

Awards :

"O-U-i": Audience Award, Petruschka the Great Festival 1992, Yekaterinburg, Russia

"Detras de mi casa": Buenos Aires, Argentina, : ATINA 2016 Award - Argentina section of ASSITEJ - in the category "Best Foreign Show". Nominated for the National Puppet Award "Javier Villafane" 2016 in the category "Best Foreign Show".

"Touda y Paki": Buenos Aires, Argentina, : ATINA 2017 Award

Exhibition :

"1981-2018: from there to here - 37 years of puppets" Retrospective exhibition, from March 9 to November 11, 2018, Swiss Puppet Museum, Fribourg, Switzerland


"Matières d'Imaginaire", Swiss Puppet Expo, Fribourg, 2011, Portrait of the Swiss scene published on the occasion of the creation of the exhibition "Swiss Puppets".

"Les marionnettes du Guignol à roulettes", La Sarine publishing house, Fribourg, 2007. Traces the company's journey on the occasion of its 25th anniversary

Internet :

Further information under the name of the Guignol à roulettes on the following networks:

Facebook, Vimeo (videos)

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Design & Développement Front-end: Kameleo - développement Back-end: Denis Bossy
Photos et vidéos: Paola Busca - icones navigation: Julien Mouron