BAC Residency – video highlights

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Across 10 weeks (May to July 2015), I taught 20 young students aged between 5 and 13 years all aspects of puppetry from building puppets to performing them and everything inbetween. At the end of project, students showcased their work to a public audience over two days.

This project has been made possible by funding from project artsACT and an Artist in Residence program at Belconnen Arts Centre – and of course, 20 wonderful enthusiastic students!

Click here to view the whole project.

Video thanks to Risk Creations!

Videos from the student performances

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Across 10 weeks (May to July 2015), I taught 20 young students aged between 5 and 13 years all aspects of puppetry from building puppets to performing them and everything in between. At the end of project, students showcased their work to a public audience over two days. Here are all the performances which the students performed across a wide range of puppetry styles!


“Eight Little Ducks” Rod puppets by students aged 5-7years.

“Little Red Riding Hood” Mouth puppets by students aged 8-13years.

“Eight in the Bed” Hand puppets by students aged 5-7years.

“Bill Goats Gruff” Shadow puppets by students aged 8-13years.

“Damian’s Piece” Hand puppets by Damian Warren, aged 13years.

“There was an Old Lady” Shadow puppets by students aged 5-7years.

“The Girl who cried Wolf” Hand puppets by students aged 8-13years.

“The Princess and the Pea” Rod puppets by students aged 8-13years.

“Puppet Parade” Rod and string puppets created by all students aged 5-13years.

“Tonight Again” Mouth puppets, dance and singing piece by all students aged 5-13years.

This project has been made possible by funding from project artsACT and an Artist in Residence program at Belconnen Arts Centre – and of course, 20 wonderful enthusiastic students!

Click here to view the whole project.

Video thanks to Risk Creations!

BAC residency – student performances

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I couldn’t have wished for more amazing performances! My very talented, dedicated and passionate students blew the audiences and me away – I couldn’t be more proud! Videos coming soon.

Many thanks to Dayna Ransley who took some amazing photos!

For even more photos, visit my online Picasa Web album.

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

Photo by Dayna Ransley

BAC residency – Chronicle announcement

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thanks to the Canberra Chronicle for announcing my students’ shows at the Belconnen Arts Centre! For more info, visit: http://belconnenartscentre.com.au/whatson/puppetpandemonium.html

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BAC residency – performance rehearsal

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

This weekend was the big tech rehearsal in the theatre space! Only one more week till the big shows! The students will be performing 10 short acts of puppetry which will showcase all the hard work they’ve been doing over the last 10 weeks!

Performances at Belconnen Arts Centre:
- Saturday 11 July, 5pm
- Sunday 12 July, 11am

Don’t forget to book your tickets to see our show here: http://belconnenartscentre.com.au/whatson/puppetpandemonium.html

BAC residency – finished puppets!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

There’s nothing more exciting than the moment when you’ve finally finished making your puppet and you can bring it to life. Here are a few of those special moments from my students who finished making their fish puppets!

BAC residency – prop building, show prep

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

With only a couple weeks to go before the big performances, students are getting their shows ready, building props, editing scripts and rehearsing their pieces!

BAC residency – operating puppets

Monday, June 29, 2015

Each week during my residency at Belconnen Arts Centre, I focus on a different style of puppetry with my students. Covering all sorts of ground in the wonderful world of puppets, there was a big concentration on improvisation, character development and also learning performance techniques. One of the biggest improvements I saw in all students was their growth in self confidence, not only being able to perform in front of their peers – but loving it!

BAC residency – puppet making

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Across weeks 4 and 5 of my residency at Belconnen Arts Centre teaching puppetry – we’ve been making a series of fish puppets for our big puppetry production at the end of term! It’s been really magically watching all the students make their own creations from concept drawing through to building and painting. Next week we’ll putt on the finishing touches!

BAC residency – making puppet films

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

During week 3 of my puppet classes and residency at Belconnen Arts Centre, the students made a total of SEVEN puppet films! Here’s some of the highlights. All puppets, props, script and performance are completely done by the students under my direction and guidance!

BAC residency – newest batch of puppeteers!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s week two of my residency at Belconnen Arts Centre teaching two groups of kids aged 5-13. They’ve already made their very own glove puppets and have been learning all sorts of techniques! Next week we’ll be making films with their new puppet characters! I can’t wait!

BAC Residency – Canberra Weekly

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A big thanks to Laura White and Gary Schafer from the Canberra Weekly for such an awesome article about my upcoming classes!

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BAC residency – Chronicle and BMA announcements

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Just a few more days to enrol, only a couple spots left!!!

BAC residency – Canberra Times

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Yesterday, The Canberra Times featured an interview with me about my upcoming puppetry classes at Belconnen Arts Centre next week! Thanks so much to Jil Hogan. Read the online version here.

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Page 10, Canberra Times 25-April-2015 by Jil Hogan

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