A magical task to design set and puppets for April Underhill: Tooth Fairy an adaptation of the children’s book by Bob Graham. The production was awarded best Children’s Show Melbourne Fringe 2014. It was fun playing with scale and working from Bob’s illustrations.
Aria showcased 8 puppetry performances and live Opera. I created a puppetry performance to my favourite Aria from the Opera La Wally by Catalini that featured in the 80s cult movie Diva. Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez sang on the original soundtrack the haunting aria ”Ebben? Ne andrò lontana”. The piece is a reverie [...]
The Snuff Puppets brought their spectacular cross-cultural collaboration with artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia to Federation Square and invited Australian Artists to be a part of ‘Wedhus Gembel’. The Snuffies tour their giant puppet show around the world, they left for Peru [...]
I was invited by artist/theatre director Michael Camilleri to make giant baskets from paper for a backdrop for his production of Waa and the Seven Sisters at Melbourne Museum. The story was told by Uncle Larry Walsh and [...]
Terence Jaensch invited me to perform two short puppetry pieces for the Castlemaine State Festival ‘Let me hear your body talk’ Literary Program. Lachlan Plain and I revised ‘Adam’s rib’ that I created for a Puppetry slam and we created ‘Blue Skies’ [...]
I created a stage adaptation of the novel ‘Death at Intervals’ by Portuguese author José Saramago. For the first production at La Mama Carlton Courthouse Theatre, I took on the roles of writer, director, puppet maker, puppeteer and actor. The work explores a mythical country where death ceases to exist. Puppetry elevated the magic [...]
As artist in residence at Chiang Mai University Thailand, Colleen served as Director and Creative Producer of “E-bride, the business of love” an art performance on the theme of internet global matchmaking. This bilingual work engaged multiple artforms within the grounds of the university at 14 separate locations with a cast of 40 made [...]
Performer, Devisor, Puppet Maker, FLIGHT, Sanctum Theatre Company Performance in my home based on my comic illustrations in Tango 08: Love and Food published by comic genius Bernard Caleo. Featured in the Melbourne Age. “A woman is bound by love to care for a man trapped by [...]
Ryan New is a gifted performer who trips uneasily between fantasy and reality: his skin doesn’t fit and his waking life is beyond [...]
Performance at Bunjilika, Melbourne Museum, 2007.
Puppet Maker. ‘Old Patterns, New Beats’ was directed by Rachel Maza
I worked with Lachlan Plain to realise these puppets. They represent the spirits of the clans of the Kulin Nation. I studied the koorie grass coiling technique at the Koorie Heritage Trust with Aunty [...]
News: Day of the Dead Mariarchi Band
Skeleton Crew has been launched, I am working with a group of Melbourne's most talented musicians. Dave Evans on accordion, Dan Witton on Tuba, Nara Demasson on banjo and Adam Pierzchalski on trumpet. Derek Ives is our new maestro. of Long Pigs and Candy Butchers fame. I will be playing puppets. We are playing festivals, cabaret and making a Music/Theatre/Puppet show together. We will be filming a video clip in May!!!!