MELBOURNE FESTIVAL OF PUPPETRY

 

PRESENTED BY LA MAMA THEATRE AND LEMONY S PUPPET THEATRE

This winter, join us as the impossible becomes possible at The Melbourne Festival of Puppetry.

By day, in our children’s program, watch worlds unfold out of giant pop-up books, be delighted by incredible creatures and travel the globe into stories weird and wonderful. By night, let the macabre unnerve you and your world shift as a series of some of Australia’s finest puppet artists present a program for adult audiences.

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Tuesday 7th July – Sunday 12th July

ADULT’S PROGRAM Thursday 9th July– Sunday 12th July

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AUGUSTINE’S CIRCUS SPECTACULAR

Deliciously dark, comedic demise of a once great circus ringmaster.

Augustines Circus Spectacular (landscape) smallAugustine’s Circus Spectacular. A one man show blending circus, puppetry, time travel and physical theatre. Unfold the chaotic and calamity filled life of a once great circus ring master from his career highs to his complete and total demise. Tumble backwards and forwards through time and meet the characters that reveal a dark, comedic, and powerfully emotional journey of danger, excitement, romance, disparity and murder. Leave your children at home, have a stiff drink and prepare to be smashed in the face with theatre!


Written by/
Holly Stoppit (UK) and Billy Paul

Directed by/ Holly Stoppit

Performed by/ Billy Paul

More info about Holly Stoppit

July 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 8pm | La Mama Courtyard Tent

Part of the Adult’s Program

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INSIDE THE WALLS

A giant popup book ghost story for kids!

Inside the walls smallExperience a dark tale of spooky proportions that literally pops up from the page! Prepare for unexpected surprises, scary shadows and shoes that walk themselves. Local performer and puppeteer Theresa O’Connor combines popup books, puppetry and ghost stories into a chilling and thrilling experience. Add to the mix an exhilarating sound design by J. David Franzke and you’ve got an experience not to be missed! Are you ready for what lives inside the walls?

 

Performance and Puppets/ Theresa O’Connor

Sound Design/ J. David Franzke

Dramaturgy/ Dan Goronszy

A Salt and Poppet Theatre Production

July 10, 11 & 12 @ 11am | La Mama Theatre

Part of the Children’s Program

Suitable for 10 years +

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LANTERN TALES

A spooky tale of smelly gremlins, friendship, and coming home.

Lantern Tales Main Image smallCome huddle by the gypsy camp-fire for an intriguing tale of adventure. Join the gypsy bard and her cat Magnolia, who in between naps treks to the other world seeking out her missing human companion, with smelly gremlins fast on her trail! She encounters an ancient golden turtle, a merry shoemaker and must solve a mysterious riddle to find her way through the dark forest and home again. As the little cat grows bolder and wiser, will she return as a cat or transform into something else… Old-fashioned storytelling at it’s best featuring hand and shadow puppetry, A little bit spooky and a lot of fun!

Created and performed by/ Melissa Edwards

July 7, 8, & 9 @ 10am | La Mama Courtyard Tent

Part of the Children’s Program

Suitable for 3 years +

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MAX AND MORTIZ

A ramshackle inventive tale of trickery and intrigue. For kids!

 

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Mr Keys presents Max and Moritz, a rollicking cautionary tale written in 1865 by the adored artist and poet of Germany, Wilhelm Busch. Heralding the modern day comic strip. Max and Moritz brings to life a tale of misadventure, morality, revenge and the ultimate downfall of two young boys. Thick with Plot, Steeped in Rhyme and generously Peppered with Slapstick, Max and Moritz twists together a glorious, ramshackle, handcrafted world of puppetry with a fast-moving cavalcade of intriguing characters.

Directed and performed by/ Megan Cameron

Live music performed by/ Katrina Wilson

Original music score by/ Dirty Nicola and the Spud Hussies

July 7, 8 & 9 @ 2pm | La Mama Courthouse

Part of the Children’s Program

Suitable for 6 years +

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THE MISS MUFFET SHOW

A beautiful, familiar story unfolding out of a giant pop-up book.

 

MissMuffet smallLike a child’s dream come true The Miss Muffet Show unfolds out of a giant pop-up book. When the Dish runs away with the Spoon the audience is taken on a hilarious journey through the best-loved stories of childhood. But this is a junior thriller jam packed with unexpected twists and turns, so the children quickly forget themselves and call out advice and warnings to favourite characters such as Old Mother Hubbard, the Queen of Hearts, the Big, Bad (inept) Wolf and above all the feisty Miss Muffet. Combining story, song, illusion and puppetry, this ingeniously designed show delights the eye and warms the heart.

Company/AboutFace Productions

Creators/ Annie Forbes and Rebekah Wild

Performers/ Annie Forbes and Tim Denton

July 8 & 9 @ 11am | La Mama Theatre

Part of the Children’s Program

Suitable for 3 years +

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NIGHTMARE

Sideshow fun meets spooky puppet surrealism performed inside a horsefloat.

 

Nightmare 1 smallMixing the fun of the side-show with spooky surrealism, Nightmare is an 8 minute puppet & sensory experience performed inside a horse float to an intimate audience of eight. Shepherded by a spine-chilling Usher, the audience are escorted up the ramp into an enclosed nightmarish dreamscape where golden skeletons pursue runaway tongues, puppets pop-out, mysterious scenes magically emerge, sensory thrills strum on nerves and the audience are propelled towards an unforgettable climax……I dare you to enter.

 

Created by/ Such As They Are – Eliza-Jane Gilchrist & Mark Penzak

Sound by/ Jacques Soddell

Costume by/ Lulu Lala

Developed through Castlemaine State Festival

July 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 5.30pm | La Mama Forecourt

Part of the Adult’s Program

Entry by Gold Coin

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OTTO LEARNS TO FLY

Otto dreams of flying. But bears can’t fly… can they?

 

Otto has a dream. He wants to fly. But bears can’t fly…can they? Ultimately he discovers that it’s all in the mind. Otto Learns to Fly is performed by a collection of vintage puppets and objects in The Magic Lantern Travelling Puppet Theatre. Then the action explodes into the wider world on a much larger scale with Sanctum Theatre’s life-sized body puppets.

 


Presented by/
Magic Lantern Studio and Sanctum Theatre

Devised by/ Gonzalo Varela, Lachlan Plain and Julian Chapple

Performed by/ Lachlan Plain and Julian Chapple

July 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 12:30pm | La Mama Forecourt

Part of the Children’s Program

Entry by Gold Coin

Suitable for 3 years +

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POST MORTEM

A surreal puppetry show investigating our complex relationship with death.

 

Post_Mortem_Puppetry_Festival_Promoimage_Portrait smallA surreal multi-disciplinary performance and installation art project that debuted a Sold Out season at Little Tengu in Preston as part of last years Melbourne Fringe Festival. This redevelopment brings performance and installation into the same room. Delivered into a strange land with creatures both beautiful and grotesque, a nostalgic boy is inspired on an odd journey through a world of death’s limbo. Set to original music, this immersive puppet driven piece weaves audience through a world of death and grief, asking, “Why is it hard to surrender to a childlike feeling of unknown?” Post Mortem is a collaborative exploration of our one inevitability: death.

Devised, Designed and Performed by/ Lauren Redpath, Alex Gellman, Cat Scobie, Hannah Curtis, Annie Pfeiffer, Carly Fern, Anna Gordon

July 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 9.30pm | La Mama Theatre

Part of the Adult’s Program

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PUPPET POWER

Action-packed to inspire children to create their own puppets

 

SpyvsSpy smallCompletely dressed in newspaper two intrepid puppeteers begin by folding and tearing newspaper creating a little finger puppet, the image of themselves, which leads into the smallest ringed circus imaginable. These tiny stars perform vaudeville slapstick, impossible transformations and hair-raising feats of daring. With humour and imagination the performers demonstrate how to create and perform finger, glove, rod and shadow puppets, with the methods easily falling within the ability of most children.


Devised by/
Annie Forbes, Tim Denton with Richard Bradshaw

Directed by/ Paul Jenden

Performed by/ Tim Denton and Annie Forbes

July 10 & 11 @ 3pm | La Mama Theatre

Part of the Children’s Program

Suitable for 3 years +

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SMALL TALK

What would happen if you released your inner child?

 

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Part comedy, part puppet show, part hallucination, Small Talk releases the dark humour that exists between real life and real insane. Set in an Inner Child’s workshop, four characters end up on an unwitting adventure to overcome their “difficult” inner child. Because, how DO you stop an inner child from “chucking a tanty”? And what happens if the machine that releases them gets destroyed and the children can’t get back inside?

 

Written, created and performed by/ Lana Schwarcz

Directed by/ Scott Gooding, Geoff Paine, David Myles

Sound Design by/ Kelly Ryall, Melissa Dunphy, Scott Gooding, Lana Schwarcz, Derek Rowe

Voiceovers/ Geoff Paine and Lana Schwarcz

All props, set and puppets by/ Lana Schwarcz

July 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 6.30pm | La Mama Courthouse

Part of the Adult’s Program

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THE OWL’S APPRENTICE

The story of a young owl learning to become wise.

The Owl's Apprentice Landscape smallOwl’s aren’t born wise you know, they have to learn it from somewhere. Meet Poot Poot, a young owl, who has been sent to Owl School to learn to become wise. He’s not like the other Owls. He misses his family. He just wants to go home. His teacher, Mr Tawny, sends him to find a book from a distant city. On his way he meets other animals who share with him their own special breed of wisdom. But will he learn enough in time to save the forest? Immerse yourself in the world of shadow puppetry and join Poot Poot on his journey, in a show performed by Jenny Ellis.

 

Performed by/ Jenny Ellis

Written by/ Jenny Ellis and Anne Brooksbank

Directed by/ Jacob Williams and Clare Batholomew

Puppetry Mentoring by/ Richard Bradshaw

Music by/ Kelly Ryall

Set Design by/ Dayna Morrissey

Lighting Design by/ Danny Pettingill

Puppets by/ Jenny Ellis, Freya Pitt and Lois Conlan

July 10, 11 & 12 @ 2pm | La Mama Courthouse

Part of the Children’s Program

Suitable for 3 years +

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PETA AND THE WHALE

A puppet adventure under the sea

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Peta and the Whale
is the story of a girl listening to her sailor Grandfather’s stories of the sea, imagining happier stories for the future. Witness amazing puppets, from tiny krill to enormous blue whales. The show follows the transformation of shanties of conquest and whaling, to stories of awe, respect and wonder. Featuring Franciscus Henri as the Grandfather. This is a presentation of the work in progress, in development for a run during the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

 

Devised by/ Philip Millar

Featuring/ Franciscus Henri as the Grandfather Puppeteers; Victoria Osborne, Danny Miller, Jhess Knight

Produced by/ Puppetvision

Photography/ Philip Millar

July 12 @ 3pm | La Mama Theatre

Part of the Children’s Program

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When/

7 – 12 July

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Times/

10am – 9pm Daily

Where/

La Mama Theatre
La Mama Courthouse
La Mama Forecourt
La Mama Courtyard

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Tickets Info/

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM:
Single ticket $10
Season pass: $50

ADULT’S PROGRAM:
Single ticket $20
Season pass: $50

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142