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 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!

Punch & Judy video and photos

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Here are some video excerpts and photos taken by Pete Butz of our Punch & Judy shows at the National Museum of Australia, on the 13th of April 2013.

Punch saying "hello"!

Punch saying "hello"!

"The baby's behind you!!!"

"The baby's behind you!!!"

"Oh no, Punch is in Jail?"

"Oh no, Punch is in Jail?"

Wonderful laughter from the audiences

Wonderful laughter from the audiences

Fantastic turnout!

Monday, April 15, 2013

We couldn’t have asked for a better day – audiences, weather and the event were all FANTASTIC! We were thrilled to see that every age group was represented and were all in stitches with laughter and having so much fun! A very special thanks to everyone who made the show possible, including the entire PuppetOOdle family, The National Museum of Australia – and of course all the wonderful people who came along to see our shows!

A fantastic turnout for our Punch & Judy shows at the 1913 Country Fair

A fantastic turnout for our Punch & Judy shows at the 1913 Country Fair

Punch dancing his little dance

Punch dancing his little dance

Warming up our muscles before the show and getting the crowd excited

Warming up our muscles before the show and getting the crowd excited

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!

New show in the making!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

We’re currently working on a commission for the National Museum of Australia, creating a ‘Punch & Judy’ inspired show for the 1913 Country Fair day on the 13th of April. Buy tickets for the day here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5677048204

Here are some photos to show you the magical process of creating a show from scratch.

We sculpted faces, created moulds, experimented with different casting mediums then painted and varnished them.

Creating the faces of our new puppets

Creating the faces of our new puppets and experimenting with different materials

Here we give the heads some shape and start painting the faces

Here we give the heads some shape and start painting the faces

Here are the finished painted and varnished faces

Here are the finished painted and varnished faces

We’ll post some more photos of the bodies and new stage soon too! See you on the 13th of April!

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

National Museum Workshop

Friday, January 18, 2013

It was a fantastic evening at the Big Objects Puppetry Workshop at the National Museum of Australia this week! The workshop investigated the life of Ernie Old, a famous Australian, with a famous bicycle that travelled all around the country and the world. Participants at the workshop created their own inspired puppet of Ernie and his bicycle and all worked together to perform his life story.

Here are some great photos by Pete Butz. We’ll be hosting the workshop again this Thursday (24-1-13)! For bookings, contact the Museum: bookings@nma.gov.au or (02) 6208 5021

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

Huge crowds at the NMA Night Markets

Monday, June 18, 2012

What a event! Over 10,000 people came through the doors for Friday’s Night Market Festival at the NMA! We were absolutely blown away by the masses of smiling faces watching us perform and all the enthusiastic children who got so involved in our show! Thanks to all who braved the (insane) traffic and came out to see us!

Here’s a timelapse of the Museum’s Hall filling up over the night. We’ll be posting photos here soon too!

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

A photo re-cap of a most fantastic day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On the weekend we performed our big custom-made show for crowds of hundreds, at the National Museum of Australia!

The show was an enormous success and there were plenty of laughs from all different age groups in the audience, especially after special appearances from a very cheeky camel puppet and a charming Italian puppet, Marco Polo – a famous traveller on the Silk Road. After the show they were overwhelmed with children, all queuing up to meet the puppets and their makers.

Here’s a few fantastic photos, taken by the wonderful Konrad Lenz (and a couple taken by Ben Mettes)!

Marco Polo, just being his charming self! Photo by Konrad Lenz

Marco Polo, just being his charming self! Photo by Konrad Lenz

"Jonathan, can you play that song, the one about me?" Photo by Konrad Lenz

"Jonathan, can you play that song, the one about me?" Photo by Konrad Lenz

Marco Polo singing the high note! Photo by Konrad Lenz

Marco Polo singing the high note! Photo by Konrad Lenz

A view of the crowd while performing 'The Golden Goose'. Photo by Ben Mettes

A view of the crowd while performing 'The Golden Goose'. Photo by Ben Mettes

Performing the sing-a-long Marco Polo song. Photo by Konrad Lenz

Performing the sing-a-long Marco Polo song. Photo by Konrad Lenz

Full concentration while performing the stick puppets... Photo by Konrad Lenz

Full concentration while performing the stick puppets... Photo by Konrad Lenz

Very proud to be listed on the Museum's program! Photo by Ben Mettes

Very proud to be listed on the Museum's program! Photo by Ben Mettes

Feature in The Canberra Times

Friday, April 13, 2012

Today we were featured on page 10 of The Canberra Times, about our custom-made puppet show we’ll be performing at the National Museum of Australia this weekend! If you didn’t get a copy, check out the online version of the story.

For more info about the Silk Road Festival on April 15th at the NMA, visit their program.

Page 10 of The Canberra Times, published 13 April 2012

Page 10 of The Canberra Times, published 13 April 2012

Silk Road puppets!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

As we mentioned in a previous posts, PuppetOOdle has been commissioned by the National Museum of Australia to produce a very special puppet show on the 15th of April, themed around their exhibition ‘Travelling the Silk Road’.

We’re currently very busy finishing our producing and rehearsing! We’re so proud of our finished puppets and can’t wait to perform with them at the National Museum! Here are some photos of my finished puppets!

The Lion and the Hare

The Lion and the Hare

The Golden Goose

The Golden Goose

The Stonecutter Who Was Never Satisfied

The Stonecutter Who Was Never Satisfied

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

Marco Polo, Marianne, Mr. Camel and Jonathan

Marco Polo, Marianne, Mr. Camel and Jonathan

Marco Polo and Marianne

Marco Polo and Marianne

Mr. Camel and Jonathan

Mr. Camel and Jonathan

Abdul the drummer

Abdul the drummer

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!

Silk Road – behind the scenes

Saturday, March 17, 2012

As we mentioned in a previous posts, PuppetOOdle has been commissioned by the National Museum of Australia to produce a very special puppet show on the 15th of April, themed around their exhibition ‘Travelling the Silk Road’. We’ve really enjoyed working closely with the Museum, discussing ideas on how the puppets should look and the tradition fabels will be told. We came to the conclusion that we would tell 3 traditional fabels using stick puppets made from balsa wood to give it a tradition feel and then have some comedic intermissions with hand puppets to contrast.

We’ve been very busy designing and making the puppets and I thought I’d share some of the making process with you.

Making Marco Polo

Initial sketch of Marco Polo

Initial sketch of Marco Polo

Marco Polo's head

Marco Polo's head

Marco's body

Marco's body

Making of Abdul

Initial sketch of Abdul the drummer

Initial sketch of Abdul the drummer

Initial foam structure of face

Initial foam structure of face

Finished mask for Jonathan to wear when performing as Abdul

Finished mask for Jonathan to wear when performing as Abdul

Work-in-progress Balsa wood puppets

Sketch of the Sun

Sketch of the Sun

Sketch of the hare

Sketch of the hare

Back-view of Balsa wood clouds

Back-view of Balsa wood clouds

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!