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!

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

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

Custom show for the National Archives

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I’m excited to announce a special project I’ve been working on! The National Archives of Australia have asked me to build a custom show for their upcoming April school holidays!

Photos, updates and more coming soon. For now, here’s a little time-lapse video of painting the main character’s face I’m creating for the show.

The dates will be the 13th and 16th of April.

Secure your tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/puppetoodle-tickets-22553547267

Shadow workshop at Botanic Gardens

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I will be facilitating a shadow workshop at the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Luminous Botanicus II event this Saturday, the 5th of March between 8 and 9pm.

During the workshop, you will learn how to cast shadows, manipulate light and create magic through the oldest form of puppetry
using natural objects from the heart of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Tickets can be purchased at www.anbg.gov.au/gardens or at the door if the event is not booked out in advance.

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

New roving act – debut at Enlighted Festival

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Introducing Luma, my roving black-light marionette, custom-made for the Australian National Botanic Gardens! I’ll be performing it at their Luminous Botanicus II event on the 4th and 11th of March, between 8 and 9pm for the Enlighten festival!

Tickets can be purchased at www.anbg.gov.au/gardens or at the door if the event is not booked out in advance.

New term of puppet classes for 2016!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Looking for something different to enrol your child in this school term? Canberra’s first ever Puppet Club is calling for young, budding puppeteers of all ages under 12 years to join!

Learn how to play, perform and make puppet characters, objects and creations come to life!

- 6 week courses
- Ages 0-12 years
- Starts Sat Feb 13
- Turner Scout Hall
- Affordable prices

- build confidence & creativity
- learn an ancient artform
- perform at the end of term

Find out more at http://www.puppetoodle.com/school

Upcoming classes for 5-12 years

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I’m very proud to announce my upcoming residency with Belconnen Arts Centre! I’ll be teaching two groups of young Canberrans (ages 5-7 and 8-12 yrs) an 8-week term of all things puppetry!

BAC residency – City News press

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thanks Helen Musa and the City News team for this lovely story about my upcoming residency! Check out the full story online here.

Classes start May 3 for ages 5-12 years, for more info and bookings, visit: www.puppetoodle.com/school

Educational ‘how to’ video for NMA

Sunday, April 12, 2015

As part of my commission work for the National Museum of Australia, I helped created an instructional video on how to create a toy theatre and puppets so that students across Australia and beyond can access the program and materials and share the magic of puppetry!

Download instructional PDFs and print outs to make your own theatre and puppets!

Upcoming school holiday program at NMA

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Looking forward to spending the school holidays at The National Museum of Australia making toy theatre magic!! Come and join us and make your own! Sessions on every weekday for the next two weeks at 10am, 11am and noon!

For more info, check out the NMA’s website.

Page 8, Panorama The Canberra Times, 11-April-2015

Page 8, Panorama The Canberra Times, 11-April-2015

Artist in residence on the Gold Coast

Friday, March 27, 2015

After working long-distance with the All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast for the past year, designing and building a series of 10 wetland animal puppets, the school decided to complete the wonderful project by flying me up to the Gold Coast from Canberra to work with their entire year 7 grade (175 students). I taught a total of 7 workshops to the students exploring the art and magic of puppetry, teaching basic principals and techniques as well as allowing students to develop their own characters.

As well as bringing in a series of different puppets for students to work with, we also explored the different characters and techniques to operating my custom-made wetland puppets!

During my time at the school, I also did a small performance and talked to the student body and staff about what it is like to be a full-time artist in a Q&A format. I think it was incredibly inspiring for everyone involved, including myself. Some of the students also did a small presentation of some of the work we’d done in class and also demonstrated the 10 wetland puppets, all finally together in one place!

I would like to extend a massive thank you to Chantelle Flint, who has been in correspondence with me every step of the way and spearheaded the project; Patrick Wallas, the Headmaster of the school, who has been so supportive and encouraging of the project; the drama department for having me and of course the amazing year 7 students who really got involved and made the experience so magical for me.

Filming at the National Museum

Thursday, March 19, 2015

As part of my upcoming work with the National Museum of Australia for the April School Holidays, they’ve contracted me to design the workshop materials and also help present an educational video so that students across Australia and beyond can access the program and materials and share the magic of puppetry! The video and materials should come online soon!

On set at the National Museum of Australia

On set at the National Museum of Australia

Happy 4th birthday PuppetOOdle!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I’m very proud to say that my little puppet company has reached a new milestone – 4 years old and also the first year I can completely support myself as a full-time teaching artist and performer.

The past few years have been exciting, wonderful and challenging and I can’t even begin to imagine my life without PuppetOOdle. I’m extremely excited about the upcoming year of work together with the National Museum of Australia, The Belconnen Arts Centre, The Canberra Youth Theatre, The Street Theatre and more. Here’s to many, many more years of puppetry magic.

Final wetland puppets!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Over the past year, I’ve been working on a series of 10 custom wetland puppets (see all previous puppets here)! Here are the final two – the Dusky Moorhen and the Spoonbill!

Some exciting news about this project: The school I’m creating all these puppets for (All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast) have loved my work so much, they’re going to fly me up to the Gold Coast to teach their students puppetry later this month!

Custom puppets - Dusky Moorhen and Spoonbill

Custom puppets - Dusky Moorhen and Spoonbill

VIDEO: Baz ‘n’ Snags @ the NMA

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Last week we had two incredible performances of Baz ‘n’ Snags at The National Museum of Australia! Over the day, almost 5,000 people attended! If you missed it, here’s wonderful video made by Cheeky Creek.

Article in the Chronicle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wow! Full page spread in yesterday’s Chronicle! We can’t wait to perform the show!

Click to enlarge, then click to zoom in

Click to enlarge, then click to zoom in

Article in the BMA magazine

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nice spread in BMA Magazine about our upcoming show at the National Museum of Australia! For the online version of the article, visit the BMA magazine here.

Article in the BMA Magazine about our upcoming show at the NMA

Article in the BMA Magazine about our upcoming show at the NMA

Sneak peak – new puppet for Museum show!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We’re getting excited for Australia Day! Can you guess our new puppet?

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wishing you a a very safe, joyful and loving festive season!! We hope to see you on Australia Day when we perform Baz ‘n’ Snags on the big stage at the The National Museum of Australia!

Check out the website for all the details: http://www.nma.gov.au/australia_day

New wetland puppets

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Over the past months, I’ve been working on a series of 10 custom wetland puppets (see previous 5 puppets here)! Here are numbers 6, 7 and 8 – the eel, the snake and the fish!

Baz ‘n’ Snags at the Museum!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Since 2012, we’ve created several shows for the National Museum of Australia, including the 2012 Silk Road Festival and 1913 Country Fair in 2013.

This Australia Day we will meet Baz ‘n’ Snags – Baz is an ex-city slicker having moved to his Grandpop’s farm with his sausage dog Snags. See what adventures they get up to when they meet a wild brumby! A great story told within the framework of Australian bush verse.

Baz 'N' Snags at the Museum!

Baz 'N' Snags at the Museum!

Baz ‘n’ Snags was originally created in 2012 as a webseries, but will now be made for stage featuring a puppet horse! See more about Baz ‘n’ Snags here: www.baznsnags.com

We will be on stage at 10:00am and 2:30pm, 26 January 2015!

Finished film!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I’m very proud and excited to present you my short film, ‘Namahey’, that I produced after being awarded the Fuji Xerox Australia Sustainable Art Award and grant through CAPO Capital Arts Patron Organisation.

Every aspect of this film was made using only 100% recyclable materials, such as the puppets which are made from toilet rolls!

This film was created to help raise awareness about how much waste we throw away everyday and how valuable those ‘waste’ materials are. There is so much life and beauty in everything around us, so next time you throw out that cardboard box – think about reusing, upcycling and reducing the amount of waste that is destroying our Earth.

Special thanks to Ainslie & Gorman House Arts Centres who have provided me with a temporary studio space through “The Project Space” in which I produced part of this film.

Behind the scenes in drawings

Monday, September 29, 2014

While I’ve been working on my short film ‘Namahey’ sponsored by CAPO, I’ve simultaneously been working on a personal project where I make a drawing that captures a moment of my day, everyday. Instead of showing you some behind the scenes videos or photos, I thought it would be nice to show you some behind the scenes through my drawings!

To see more of my drawings that I create everyday, visit: mariannemettes.tumblr.com

I’m on ABC TV News!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tonight I was featured in a news story on ABC TV together with several other artists about the Project Space – a temporary free studio space I was awarded at Ainslie & Gorman House Arts Centres.

If you missed it, you can view the online video and read the article here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-27/project-space-residencies-at-gorman-house/5773866

Grant awarded

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I got a letter approving my application for project funding from artsACT for a big project and residency with the Belconnen Arts Centre next year!

More details coming soon! For now, here’s a drawing of me finding my letter.

Filming sustainability short film

Thursday, September 18, 2014

After a long process of pre-production, music composition, set-design and rehearsing I’m finally filming my sustainability project that was funded by CAPO Capital Arts Patron Organisation through the Fuji Xerox Australia Sustainable Art Award.

The video will be published online in the next couple of weeks, until then – here’s a sneak peak!

September newsletter

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If you missed the mail-out, here’s the online version of my latest newsletter here!!

It features all the upcoming workshops, holiday programs & upcoming events as well as all the news of what I’ve been up to this past year (overseas puppet adventures, Sesame Street, commissions, etc.)

To sign-up to the newsletter, simply send an email to: marianne@puppetoodle.com

Puppetry Workshops ANNOUNCED!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I will be running a series of kids, teens and all ages puppetry workshops this month as part of my residency in the Project Space at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

Sock Puppet Making (2 sessions):
Dates & Times:
- Saturday 13 September 11-12:30am (click to book)
- Saturday 13 September 1pm-2:30pm (click to book)
Venue: Currong Workshop Space, B Block, Gorman Arts Centre
Ages: 8 years and up (parents, teenagers and adults welcome)
Cost: $10 per person.

Puppeteering for TV (2 sessions):
Dates & Times:
- Tuesday 16 September, 4:30-6pm ages 7-12 years (click to book)
- Wednesday 17 September, 4:45-6:15pm ages 13-17 years (click to book)
Venue: Bogong Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
Cost: $15 per person

Puppetry impro and performance:
Dates & Times: Sunday 21 September, 10:30am-12:30pm (click to book)
Venue: Bogong Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
Ages: All ages (8 years and up)
Cost: $20 per person.

For all bookings, dates & info, visit: www.puppetoodle.eventbrite.com.au
Be quick – places are limited!

October holiday workshops @ BAC

Monday, September 1, 2014

I will be running three very special school holiday programs at the Belconnen Arts Centre in October.

Sock puppet making and play
- DATE & TIME: Friday 10 October 10:00am–12:00pm
- AGES: 5-7 years
- COST: $15

Sock puppet making and play
- DATE & TIME: Friday 10 October 2:00–4:00pm
- AGES: 8-12 years
- COST: $15

Puppeteering for TV
- DATE & TIME: Thursday 9 October 1:00–4:00pm
- AGES: Teens
- Cost: $15

For more info & bookings, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/spring-school-holiday-program-tickets-12522766933

Gorman House studio space residency

Friday, August 8, 2014

I’m very proud to announce I have received a residency at Ainslie & Gorman House Arts Centres as part of The Project Space #projectspaceCBR ! I can’t wait to bring in all my puppets!!!

As part of my two-month residency, I’ll be working on several of my current funded projects and commissions as well as running public events in the space, such as puppet-making and puppet performance workshops and more!

Theatre residency

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I proud to announce that I have received a place in The Street Theatre‘s HIVE residency program! Throughout this year, dramaturg Peter Matheson will guide me through the process of creating a one-woman theatre show, to be presented in 2015/16.

My show, ‘No Face Man’ will be about a faceless puppet/character who takes the audience on his journey of self discovery. The mostly non-verbal journey will be portrayed through a series of vignettes performed through the mediums of puppetry, music, dance, film and performance art that I will write, create, choreograph and perform.

"No Face Man" - a short film, currently in production

"No Face Man" - a one-woman theatre show to be presented 2015/16

Puppetry classes announced!

Monday, March 17, 2014

I’m really excited to launch PuppetOOdle School, with the first puppetry courses in ‘Puppetry Techniques for TV‘ starting in May!

To celebrate, I’m offering a 10% discount if you book THIS WEEK (offer ends 24-3-2014)!

For enrolment and info, visit: http://www.puppetoodle.com/school

Puppetry techniques for TV - CLASSES

Puppetry techniques for TV - CLASSES

Canberra Times mention

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This weekend, I set up a suitcase stall selling my latest puppets at the Canberra arts festival, Art, Not Apart! It was such a fun and vibrant day and was jammed-packed with many art-loving Canberrans!

Today there was a lovely article about the event on page 3 of the Canberra Times, which mentions me and my stall near the end!

Mention in Canberra Times, page 3, 16-03-2014

Mention in Canberra Times, page 3, 16-03-2014 - CLICK TO VIEW BIGGER

I also had a great photo featured on the Canberra Times website!

Photo on The Canberra Times  website

Photo on The Canberra Times website

Suitcase Rummage at Art, Not Apart festival

Suitcase Rummage at Art, Not Apart festival

For those who couldn’t make it to the festival, you can find some of my puppets available for purchase from my online Etsy shop!

How to make puppets… the video!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

In the next few days, I’ll be releasing a whole bunch of new puppets to buy from our online shop! To celebrate, I’ve made a special little video which shows you some of the magic that goes into making each one! Enjoy!

Sesame Street Workshop Commission

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sesame Street Workshop HQ in New York

Sesame Street Workshop HQ in New York

Back in August 2013, my colleague Matt Hopkins and I visited the Sesame Street HQ in New York City! I felt just like a child would feel visiting a real Willy Wonka factory!

Shortly after our visit, we were contracted by the Sesame Workshop to create a series of activities to be incorporated into various venues, such as Sesame Theme Parks, beaches, etc. We created simple step-by-step puppet-making activities, how to write and make your own puppet play activities, workshop diagrams, material and equipment lists, and more. After several months of research and development, we’ve proudly finished a successful project that we hope will make many children happy!

A snapshot of some of our activities for Sesame

A snapshot of some of our activities for Sesame

Sesame Workshop HQ in New York

Sesame Workshop HQ in New York

Making a green screen

Monday, February 3, 2014

After using a green screen constantly during my work teaching in the USA, I finally decided it was time to finish my own green screen. I will be using this green screen for filming short puppet films in my own practice, and also for client work and workshops. As you can see, a green screen comes in handy when you need to make an object appear like it’s in a different environment in post production (either for photos or videos).

As you can see here….

Green screen test

Green screen test

I have a few works in the making at the moment and I’ll post some videos when they are ready. For now, here are a few stills (without the green background replaced).

Sustainability project - currently in production

Sustainability project - currently in production

Winning sustainability award

Monday, November 25, 2013

I’m very pleased to announce I have won the Fuji Xerox Australia Sustainable Art Award at this year’s CAPO 30 Auction Evening. The money from the award will go towards materials with which I plan to create works of marionettes created from toilet rolls coupled with original music. Through this work I hope to promote up-cycling, renewable energies and caring for our earth.

Image courtesy of CAPO

Image courtesy of CAPO


Prototype of 'toilet roll marionette'

Prototype of 'toilet roll marionette'

Upcoming show – Kids, Creatures & 100 Harlequins

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This Saturday, we’ll be performing our latest show, Punch & Judy, at the “Kids, Creatures & 100 Harlequins” festival in Glebe Park!

The special kids festival will be on throughout Friday and Saturday and we’ll be performing between 10am and 2pm on Saturday the 26th - just look out for our colourful pop-up stage! We’ll do a show each hour (so just check out blackboard clock for the next show) and will also do a special manipulation workshop for enthusiastic little puppeteers-in-training! There will be a stack of other entertainment and workshops, including clowns, dragons and dancing. For more info, download: the full program.

Our new puppet show!

Our new puppet show!

Training with the masters

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Here is a video that was the result of training at a very specialised puppetry conference (O’Neill National Puppetry Conference), to which I won a scholarship to attend in the USA during June, 2013. I trained everyday from 9am till midnight along with 4 other students taking the 8-day “Advanced Marionette Manipulation” course. Here we worked one-on-one with Phillip Huber (world-famous master puppeteer, who did marionette sequences in blockbuster movies such as; ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’). At the conclusion of the conference, I performed my finished marionette piece, ‘Woo Pee Woo’ in 2 big public performances, attended by many well-known puppeteers, colleagues, family and friends.

It was an amazing experienced where I fully immersed myself into the world of the marionette and fell in love with the art form. I find that this style of puppetry feels more fluid and natural to me, as the dance movements I envision flow through my body into the strings of the puppet. I guess it also helps that my full name, Marianne Mettes, sounds like Marionettes… I must have been born for it! I’m looking forward to creating more marionette puppets and choreographies (and marionette puppetry fusions) when I get home!

The marionette students (manipulation & building course) at O'Neill

The marionette students (manipulation & building course) at O'Neill

I had created my puppet, Rosie, two weeks before I left for the USA and is a special ‘soft-body’ marionette design. I later improved my marionette with the assistance and direction of Phillip Huber at the conference. The music I choreographed my piece to, is actually music I wrote, recorded and performed in 2005 – when I was asked to compose music for a dance choreography. This was a result of a series of compositions I created for a big dance performance depicting the four seasons and ‘Woo Pee Woo’ was the summer song! I’ve always loved this song, but never found another place for it, until I was searching for a piece of music to choreograph the marionette piece to and it fit perfect with the character and personality of my puppet.

If you like the music, you can get it online here:
CD baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mariannemettes
iTune: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/woo-pee-woo-single/id718616286

Puppet masters (left to right): Fred Thompson, Judy & Jim Rose, Phillip Huber

Puppet masters (left to right): Fred Thompson, Judy & Jim Rose, Phillip Huber

During the conference, I also took another course learning to build moving mechanisms, levers and triggers into puppets lead by The Muppets’ puppeteer and puppet maker, Jim Kroupa. Here I built my very own puppet (that resembled Rizzo the Rat from the Muppets) that had moving eye brows and a trigger mouth.

My finished puppet with teachers Jim Kroupa and Jonathan Little

My finished puppet with teachers Jim Kroupa and Jonathan Little

USA puppetry adventures

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Meet our newest member of the the PuppetOOdle family! I’ve made Rosie specially to take with my on my upcoming USA puppetry adventure, where I’ll be doing an in-depth marionette course at the O’Neill National Puppetry Conference! I’ll make sure I keep you updated on my adventures.

Meet Rosie, our newest puppet

Meet Rosie, our newest puppet

Please note, as I’ll be overseas it’s better to email (marianne@puppetoodle.com) as I won’t be checking voicemails. If there is an urgent matter, please call: 0011 372 300 937 if possible, during US daytime. PuppetOOdle will be able to take bookings again from late August/beginning September.

Performance at the 1913 Country Fair, NMA

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Saturday (April 13th) we’ll be debuting our Punch & Judy inspired show (a politically correct version) at the National Museum of Australia’s 1913 Country Fair!

The fair will run from 12noon until 6pm and will feature a huge selection of 1913 inspired shows, workshops, displays and activities including circus performances, carousal rides, petting zoos, wood chopping and sheep shearing displays – and yours truly of course! Click here for a full program.

We’ll be performing between 1pm and 4pm each hour at various times. Just look for our pop-up striped stage and check our blackboard for performance times! We’ll also be doing some roving around the venue with our country friends, Baz ‘n’ Snags!

For more info, tickets and parking details check out the NMA’s website.

Hope to see you there!

Finished puppets!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

We’re pleased to show you our latest additions to the PuppetOOdle family, plus a new stage! We’ll be performing this ‘Punch & Judy’ inspired show, at the National Museum of Australia on the 13th of April. We’ll be performing several times throughout the day.

These festival days have been very busy in the past, so to be sure you can get in, pre-purchase tickets for the day here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5677048204

Our new puppet show!

Our new puppet show!

Our newest puppets to the PuppetOOdle family!

Our newest puppets to the PuppetOOdle family!

Punch

Punch

Judy

Judy

The Policeman

The Policeman

The naughty baby and the good baby

The naughty baby and the good baby

Hope to see you at the 1913 Country Fair!

Happy Easter

Sunday, March 31, 2013

From all the PuppetOOdles, we wish you a very happy Easter!

Happy Easter, from the PuppetOOdles!

Happy Easter, from the PuppetOOdles!

Performance at The Village Festival

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We’ll be doing a last minute performance at the upcoming Village Festival, at Glebe Park in Canberra. We’ll be performing our Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation in the Bally tent at 12noon on Sunday 24th of March.

The festival will be on from 21-24 March and feature all sorts of entertainment, markets and workshops – should be great fun! For more info, check out their website: http://www.thevillagefestival.com.au/whats-on/c100

Jack and the Beanstalk, by PuppetOOdle

Jack and the Beanstalk, by PuppetOOdle

New museum commission!

Friday, March 8, 2013

We’re just about to start a new commission for the The National Museum of Australia – creating a Punch & Judy style show for their upcoming 1913 Country Fair! For inspiration, I found my mum’s beautiful old puppets that were carved by my great-grandfather and costumes made by my great-grandmother. I guess puppetry has been running in the family longer than I realised!

The event will take place at the museum, and will feature everything to take you back to 1913 including a live woodchopping and sheep shearing, a petting zoo, roving circus entertainment and more!

Date: April 13 from 12noon till 6pm. Cost: $10 adult, $8 concession, $5 child, $22 family (includes entry to the Glorious Days exhibition).

Punch and Judy, hand-made by my great-grandfather

Punch and Judy, hand-made by my great-grandfather

New merchandise shop

Thursday, March 7, 2013

We’ve just launch a new shop where you can buy t-shirts (kids and adults), bags and even the mullet-wigs that Baz the puppet wears! Please check it out if you’d like to help support and promote our project: www.baznsnags.com/shop

Get some awesome Baz 'n' Snags merch!

Get some awesome Baz 'n' Snags merch!

Baz ‘n’ Snags videos!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We’re very proud to bring you some little glimpses into the world of Baz ‘n’ Snags! Here are a few videos to show you what our series is going to be like.

First, a little story about the series:

Now for the intro to the show:

And a little ‘behind the scenes’:

Lastly, a little something to make your Australia Day complete:

For more on Baz ‘n’ Snags, head over to our website: www.baznsnags.com

Aww yeah!

Crowd funding project launched!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today was a big day at Baz ‘n’ Snags / PuppetOOdle HQ after we launched our crowd funding project at Pozible! In only a few hours, we already got over $400 in pledges! We are absolutely blown away by your support and faith in our project! However, we are still a long way from our goal of $5,000 so we can make the pilot episode. So please help in any way you can, even if you only have $1 to spare, every little bit helps!

Day one of our crowd funding project!

Workshops at the National Museum of Australia

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We’ll be will hosting two workshops at the National Museum of Australia for the School Holidays on Thursday 17 and 24 January 2013, 4:30pm to 7:00pm! Join us to make puppets inspired by their current exhibition (Big Objects) and learn how to perform them!

Suitable for children aged 8–14. Cost is $20 or $10 for “Friends of the Museum”. For bookings, contact the Museum: bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Chrissie! Hope it’s a bonza one and you’re all fair dinkum to each other!! Love Baz ‘n’ Snags!

Merry Chrissie from Baz N Snags & the PuppetOOdles!

Merry Chrissie from Baz N Snags & the PuppetOOdles!

Puppet making commission

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We’re currently working on creating a series of puppets and soft sculptures for ACT NOWaste to help educate young students in schools about the importance of recycling. Here is an initial sketch of how we envisage the main puppet to look like! We’ll keep you updated on how this project develops!

ACT NOWaste puppet commission - draft concept art

ACT NOWaste puppet commission - draft concept art

Europe puppetry adventures

Monday, October 15, 2012

During September and October, we were on an incredible puppetry journey throughout Europe! We traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, visited over 14 cities and had an amazing time! We saw about 40 puppet shows, from across the globe in many different styles, venues and languages! We studied and trained in 10 different workshops and met so many amazing and vibrant people, puppets and puppeteers!

Here’s a video of a improvised skit we created after training with French puppeteer, Patric Conan. It was filmed down in the cellar of a 300 year old house we were living in during our time in Belgium! Enjoy!

Creating a puppet skit in a Belgian cellar

Creating a puppet skit in a Belgian cellar

Web series in the making

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Meet some of our new characters we’ve created for our upcoming web series Baz ‘n’ Snags! It’s about the adventures of a city bloke and his dog, moving to the Australian country side, to help run his grandfather’s sheep farm.

We’ve been filming the trailer of the show and learning all about the life of a sheep farmer, on the beautiful property of our lovely friends Chantel and Jason.

We’ll be launching the trailer and lots of goodies in late 2012, along with a crowd funding campaign where you can get involved! The web episodes will be available in 2013. Until then, like our facebook page to see ‘behind the scenes’ footage, trailers, teasers and updates!

Introducing, Baz 'n' Snags!

Introducing, Baz 'n' Snags!

Filming the trailer

Filming the trailer

Baz and Hercules the Donkey

Baz and Hercules the Donkey

Team Shearer!

Team Shearer! (left to right) Pete Butz, Marianne Mettes, Jonathan Mettes, Jason Murray and Chantel Mcalister

Sock puppet winners!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Congratulations to Jedd Fox (Stawell VIC) and Mekah Wilson (Orange NSW) who won our Possum’s Club/Doopa’s Club puppet making competition! They have each won a puppet from our online puppet shop! Jedd and Mekah, we hope you enjoy your puppets and keep making more fantastic creations!

Sock puppet competition winner!

Sock puppet competition winner!

Upcoming school holiday workshops

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We’ll be giving three School Holiday Puppet Workshops for the ACT Libraries on the 17th of July! But book soon, they’re filling up fast!

Puppet making & manipulation workshops at ACT Libraries

Puppet making & manipulation workshops at ACT Libraries

Upcoming shows at the NMA

Thursday, June 7, 2012

After a very successful performance at the National Museum of Australia in April, we’ve been asked to perform our Silk Road Puppet Show again, at the Night Market Festival on the 15th of June, 6:30 – 9:30 PM. We’ll be doing two shows throughout the evening, so if you missed us last time, you now have another chance to see what everyone was raving about!

The special evening includes free entry into the NMA’s exhibition ‘Travelling the Silk Road’.

Note: when planning your trip to the NMA, please keep in mind parking spaces scarce and may take some time to find.

Performing at the Silk Road Festival, April 15th. Photo by Paul Chapman

Performing at the Silk Road Festival, April 15th. Photo by Paul Chapman

PuppetOOdle on TV this Saturday

Monday, May 28, 2012

This Saturday, you’ll be able to see PuppetOOdle in your own living room!

So if you live in Canberra or rural NSW, tune in to Possum’s Club this Saturday, June 2nd at 12:30pm on channel Prime. Or, if you live in WA – you can also see us on Doopa’s Club on channel GWN7 at 6:30am!

We’ll also be giving away two of our very special handcrafted puppets from our shop, worth over $100! So make sure start collecting some old socks, feathers, pingpong balls and anything else you can find to make your own puppet to enter the competition! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

National Museum Commission

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

National Museum of Australia

We’ve got some great news today – PuppetOOdle is being commissioned by the National Museum of Australia to develop and perform a puppet show for their upcoming exhibition of ‘Travelling the Silk Road’!

We’ll be developing a whole new series of puppets themed around the exhibition and our show will feature traditional fabels that were told on the Silk Road. Our performance will be at the NMA’s ‘Silk Road Festival‘ which is a family fun day with free admission into the exhibition, at 10:30am on Sunday the 15th of April!

Happy Birthday PuppetOOdle

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy birthday PuppetOOdle! I can't believe my little business is turning one this week! To celebrate, I'm offering 20% off all my puppets in my Etsy shop! WOO HOO! Simply type in the code: BIRTHDAYPUPPETOODLE in your shopping cart to receive the discount! Happy birthday PuppetOOdle!  

Adopt your own PuppetOOdle!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I'm very proud to announce my first line of puppets that are now available for adoption/purchase from our online Etsy Shop (www.puppetoodle.etsy.com)!

PuppetOOdle Etsy shop

Nine new PuppetOOdle workshops

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm proud to announce nine fantastic new PuppetOOdle workshops, suitable for your local school, library, community group, party, function, festival, event - or even your local workplace, to help inspire creative thinking, artistic skills, strengthen and build relationships and encourage better communication, confidence and identity.

Big thanks to my brother Jonathan, for the fantastic new website design! Take a look and follow the links to book a workshop: www.puppetoodle.com/workshops