The Heart Coffer:

a puppeteers quest for the universal heart
By Timothy Gosley

This show is available for online viewing for a limited time period:

Tim Gosley’s
The Heart Coffer: a puppeteer’s quest for the universal heart.
(a multi-discipline show using puppetry, music, and projections)

A special presentation by donation.

COVID social distancing and safety guidelines will be strictly adhered to and seating will be limited.


Thurs. Oct. 29 @ 7:30 pm
Fri. Oct. 30 @ 7:30 pm
Sat. Oct. 31 @ 7:30 pm
Sun. Nov. 1 @ 2 pm (matinee)

The performance is about 1 hour in length.
This performance will take place at our usual venue:
the Paul Phillips Hall, 1923 Fernwood Road.  

Please see below for reservation, payment and attendance procedure and protocol.

About the Show
Tim Gosley is grateful to Theatre Inconnu for accepting to produce The Heart Coffer: a puppeteer’s quest for the universal heart.  The show, created during Gosley’s artist in residence fellowship at UVic’s The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, was going to be cancelled due to COVID; as happened to so many others.  The Canada Council Digital Originals (#digitaloriginals2020) initiative stepped in to provide resources to put the performance online, but there still was needed a venue, and hopefully a live audience.  Theatre Inconnu saved the day by engaging The Fernwood Community Association’s Paul Phillips Hall and providing all things technical.   We are following all COVID regulations, and are allowed a limited audience of 14 patrons for each of our 4 public performances.

The Heart Coffer examines the heart, material and ethereal, through the eyes of Tim Gosley, the grandfather of Canadian puppetry, a boomer puppeteer.  It is an esoteric variety show with a lot of heart and many styles of puppetry: muppet-style, video projected, laser shadowed, object manipulated and there are even puppets made from oyster shells.  The show has a musical weave from fellow boomers, Douglas Henley, (sitar, tar, guitar, electric bass and lute,) and Niel Golden, (tabla, cajón, and hang.) We are miners for a heart of gold.

Reservations, Payment and Attendance Protocol

Because the seating will be very limited (a maximum of 14 people per show), you will need to have a reservation confirmed prior to attending.
When you request your reservation, we will need the names and contact information (phone & email) of all those in your party attending, if there is a later need to use these for contact tracing.
The first 14 requests for reservations received by email for each performance will receive positive confirmation by email.  Others will receive a “we regret to inform you” response.
Please reserve by emailing:

When you receive a positive confirmation of your reservation, payment (by donation – with a suggested donation amount of $20) will be made through e-transfer via an auto-deposit email address email address we will send you.

Attendance Protocol
When you arrive (we suggest 20 minutes prior to show time), you may need to line up for a short time outside.  We ask that you keep a distance of 6 feet between each other if there is a line-up.  Once you enter the building, you will not be able to linger in the lobby, but will proceed directly to a seat in the hall.  Washrooms will be sanitized for your use, and hand sanitizers will be placed in the washrooms and in the hall.
If you have not previously provided us with your contact information when making a reservation, you will need to do that upon arrival in case there is a need for contact tracing.