Medea commits infanticide to exact revenge on her husband for abandoning her in the Greek Tragedy by Euripides. Their innocence and and victim status was accentuated by their white costume and stillness. The puppets became a focus in this lavish production and elicited a strong response from the audience.
I was commissioned to make the [...]
Prep to Grade 6 children at Caulfield Grammar explored shadow and the principles of making stencils. Working with Anna Malin, the wonderful Art Teacher at the Wheelers Hill campus we made a shadow puppet theatre from a fridge box and the children performed with their finished puppets.
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.
Spookmeister Stephen Taberner invited me to enter this competition and challenged me to do a bit more than wave my puppets around in front of the camera. Marcelo Zerwes agreed to film, edit and take a risk with me, much thanks to him for his superb job [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Soula Mantalvanos commissioned me to make portrait of her as a marionette. I carved a beautiful piece of wood found in my shed that matched Soula’s skin tones. I made replicas of her designer dress, boots and jewellery. I got a bit carried away and hand coloured the puppet’s hair to match Soula’s [...]
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!!!!