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Love at first swipe, or second... or third

Have you ever been on a dating app?
If yes, you’d be joining over 323 million people around the world who used an online dating platform in 2022 alone! 

Liv has definitely used a dating app, in fact, she has tried them all! And whilst she hasn’t found love yet, she has found plenty of amazing content to bring you a hilarious one hour cabaret full of relatable dating woes and packed with all your favourite musical theatre belts. 

Featuring hits from Shrek the Musical, Cry-Baby, and The Music Man with weird and wacky mashups by the most unlikely (and yet loveable) duos like Stephen Sondheim and Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Judy Garland, this show is for anyone who has ever swiped right for a date! Complete with all your favourite Muppets masquerading as ex-boyfriends this show delivers a great laugh, superb vocals and plenty of heart!

“A madcap musical, a wacky, weird and wonderful cabaret, PUPPETS provides a fantastic showcase for Olivia Ruggiero to strut her musical theatre talents”

- Sydney Arts Guide

"Director Carly Fisher confidently stages this light bubbly show of doomed love and the search for personal agency…She knows how to make a show.  I, for one, want to see more!"

- Theatre Now

"Ruggiero is an engaging narrator with astounding vocal talent and has the audience captivated from start to finish." 

- West End Best Friend

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The search for love continues in 2023




October 5th 2022

Bondi Pavillion Theatre

Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach

NSW 2026



August 15th - 20th 2022

The Space on North Bridge - Fife Theatre

1st Floor, Carlton Hotel, EH1 1SD


February 10th - 12th 2022


KXT - Kings Cross Theatre

244-246 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011



July 11th - 16th 2022


The Butterfly Club

5 Carson Pl, Melbourne Vic 3000

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Olivia developed a love of performing at an early age, undertaking many musical studies including piano, trumpet and singing.

Highlights include winning a CAT award for her portrayal of Babette in “Beauty and the Beast” and being nominated for her work as Dorothy in “Wizard of Oz”, Jo in “Little Woman” and Christine in “Phantom of the Opera. In 2017 she was awarded the Mary Porter Scholarship for Theatre.

Olivia has also had the opportunity to perform at the 2015 Tourism Awards; Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts as a featured soloist in 2017; as a soloist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra in 2017 and was featured in the “Thank You for The Music: An ABBA Celebration” at the QPAC Concert Hall in 2017.

In 2018 Olivia performed the role of Raelene in the Australian Premier of “S*** Storm” as part of Anywhere Festival in Brisbane.


Performer/ Writer


Carly is a Director, Producer and the Artistic Director and founder of Theatre Travels. For the company, Carly has produced 20 shows (2018-2022) and has directed 10.

At the core of her creative practice, Carly is passionate about Directing and Producing Cause-Focused Theatre, that is, theatre that is a call to action and can be used as an educational tool to change minds and attitudes, or to call on change.

Carly is also the creator and producer of the NO: INTERMISSION festival and the editor of Theatre Travels’ active reviewing platform.

2022 credits include: In Their Footsteps (Adelaide and Canberra), 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Sydney and Adelaide), Puppets (Sydney, Melbourne, Edinburgh), Silenced (Sydney), The Culture

(New York), Young Bodies/Somebody’s (Sydney) and the Sweet Science of Bruising (Sydney).

Carly’s full bio is available at



Musical Director/ Sound Designer

Charlotte is a 20-year old composer studying a Bachelor of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. Whilst composing for an array of ensembles at university, Charlotte also explores compositions of many genres including electroacoustic and sound design. Her achievements as of 2021 include being a finalist in the Artology Competition, composing sound design for SUDS plays andcomposing for short film Inexistence, finalist of Berlin Short Film Festival. As an experienced pianist, Charlotte is a piano teacher and performs at events with her classical piano and voice duo MC Musica Duo. Her passion for theatre has allowed her to complete work experience at Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company and ATYP. In 2022 Charlotte is Musical Director and Sound Designer of Puppets, performed at KXT and is touring to Melbourne and Edinburgh Festival in 2022.



Stage Manager

Natalie is a Chinese-Singaporean storyteller currently based in Sydney. As an actor, she’s performed in The People Who Stamped Papers All Day (Maxine), Twelfth Night (Viola), and Vickie & Vinnie (Diane/Jeanette) at Excelsia College. She seeks to produce original stories through different mediums, having previously directed and written Ready or Not (2021),

(pending) (2021), and short film An Ode to Rebellion (2022). As a stage manager, she has worked on Molly Sweeney (Clock & Spiel Productions), James & the Giant Peach (Excelsia College), 3 Fat Virgins Unassembled, Puppets (Touring), In Their Footsteps (Theatre Travels) in Canberra, Freud’s Last Session (Clock & Spiel Productions), Sweet Science of Bruising (Theatre Travels), and The Culture (New York).

Find out more at

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"She’s got energy to burn and musically segues between multiple genres..." 
"...A fully engaging and entertaining presence from entrance to final bow."
"‘Puppets’ is so joyous, clever, and charming"
" packs in song, and quirky comic routines." 
"Liv was bright, bubbly, and loveable in her individuality."

"Inspiring, engaging and relatable."

**** Four stars

"Ruggiero has the passion, performance and voice to make this piece a success..."





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To book Puppets in your city, contact Olivia Ruggiero
+61 411 786 822

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