Canberra Cares Festival

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I’ll be performing my popular Punch and Judy inspired show at the Canberra Cares Festival this Saturday!

My show is on at 11:00am-11:30, but the FREE festival will be on most of the day.

Hope to see you there!

Amazing puppets were made!

Monday, October 17, 2016

During the last school holidays there were some different kinds of pots being made at the Canberra Potter’s Society!
Across two weeks, six young, very enthusiastic puppeteers created their own puppets and performances completely from scratch.

Diligently they sculpted the heads and hand from clay, hand-sewed their bodies and costumes, wrote and rehearsed their plays to finally perform and present all their hard work to their families on the last day.

Everyone had a fantastic time and the workshop was buzzing with giggling, creativity and excitement!

Many thanks to Fran Romano and the Canberra Potter’s Society for hosting this amazing holiday workshop and helping me with the firing of the puppets.

Living Green Festival Fun!

Monday, October 10, 2016

I had a fantastic time performing at the Living Green Festival!

My shows were a great success with huge crowds of kids (and a lot of adults too)! After each show, kids would learn how to create puppets from all sorts of things you would normally throw away, like boxes, plastic cutlery, plastic cups, newspaper and all sorts of things. I was amazing at the creativity of everyone that participated, there were some very excellent puppet creations and even some impromptu puppet shows!

Living Green Festival 2 Oct

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I’ll be performing at the Living Green Festival this year and also facilitating workshops on making puppets from reusable items!

Come check it out!

DETAILS:
- Sunday 2 October
- 11:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-2:30pm (festival continues all day)
- Albert Hall (I’ll be in the kidsfest area)
- Entry free

Clay puppet making workshops

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

If you’re looking for something fun to do over the school holidays, I will be doing an extremely exciting course with the Canberra Potter’s
Society. Across the 2 weeks (four x 3-hour morning sessions), we will be building clay puppet heads and hands, costuming the bodies and
learning how to operate our own unique sculpted puppets. All materials and firing of the puppets is included.

DETAILS:
AGES: 7 – 12 years
DATES: 9am – 12pm September 27, 28 AND October 4 & 5
Cost: $240 (early bird discount applies until Friday 9 September; no other discounts apply)
ENROL: http://www.canberrapotters.com.au/c_class_kids.html

Playschool’s 50th birthday at NMA

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We had a fantastic time performing at the National Museum for the 50th birthday of Playschool! It was an absolute honour to share the stage and meet with the TV stars from Playschool – as well as hanging out in the backstage area with the Playschool toys Big Ted, Jemima, Little Ted and Humpty!

We performed our show twice across the day. Our show, full of music, crafts and puppets, was centred around using your imagination with things found around the home.

Special thanks to Kellie Robson and to the National Museum for having us and also sharing their beautiful photos from the day with us.
Thanks also to the National Archives of Australia for helping fund the creation of an initial version of the show of which some parts were taken.

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Photo courtesy of National Museum of Australia

Performing at Playschool’s 50th birthday

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jonathan and I will be performing our latest show at the very special 50th birthday celebration (Great Big Adventure Festival) at the National Museum of Australia!

We’ll be performing our show twice during the day on the big stage! There will be lots of other activities during the FREE event, such as craft, dress-ups, tea parties, toys and a special story time with Play School presenters Teo and Emma.
The day’s program repeats 10am to noon and noon to 2pm.

Here are the details:
- Sunday, 17 July
- We’re on at 10:45am and 12:45pm
- All ages
- Free
- National Museum of Australia

Photo by Marion Verbruggen

Photo by Marion Verbruggen

FREE Holiday Programs!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I’ll be presenting a series of free “Puppet Mania” programs at the Belconnen Library during this upcoming July School Holidays!

Details:
- 1-hour program (includes show and workshop)
- Ages 7-12
- Cost: FREE
- Belconnen Library
- Thursday, July 14

Click on session times to reserve your spot! Hurry, places won’t last long!
- 10:30-11:30am
- 12:30-1:30pm

ALEA puppetry presentation

Monday, May 23, 2016

Last weekend, I was a guest speaker at a wonderful Storytelling event for Canberra teachers at the National Library of Australia, hosted by ALEA – Australian Literacy Educators’ Association.

In my presentation, I spoke of my experience in running my business, the fundamentals of puppetry, my research and findings in the benefits of using puppetry in education, therapy and as as a medium for storytelling. During my presentation, I provided fun and simple activities, demonstrating how puppetry can be an excellent non-threatening, fun, relatable and easy to use teaching tool for many things, including storytelling.

I would like to extend a big thanks to the team at ALEA and Robyn Watson who got me involved with such a valuable event.

Many thanks to Renee Gill for taking photos.

TQI teacher lecture – guest lecture

Thursday, April 28, 2016

On Saturday, 21st of May, I will be giving a lecture (which will include activities) for the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association to Canberra teachers on how to include puppetry in their classrooms to promote storytelling.

In my presentation, I will give insight into my unique practice, findings and experiences in working with and inspiring children through puppetry as well as provide simple techniques and activities to introduce your classroom for basic storytelling through puppetry.

To book your spot, visit the ALEA website for more information. This event is TQI approved.

Photo by Konrad Lenz

Photo by Konrad Lenz

Through puppetry, I’ve been able to connect with a child’s imagination and creativity, enabling them to build confidence, perform, tell stories, connect, communicate and collaborate with others no matter a child’s ability, age or background.