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!
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The National Museum of Australia commissioned us to create a special show to be performed twice, at their family fun day for Australia Day, 26-1-2015. We brought back our characters from our web-series from 2012, Baz ‘n’ Snags, and created a new additional puppet character, Banjo the wild brumby, for the big stage show. Over the day, almost 5,000 people attended!
For EVEN more photos, click here for an album of goodies!
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.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Wow! Full page spread in yesterday’s Chronicle! We can’t wait to perform the show!
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.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
We’re getting excited for Australia Day! Can you guess our new puppet?
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
Hope to see you at the 1913 Country Fair!
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.
We’ll post some more photos of the bodies and new stage soon too! See you on the 13th of April!
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6208 5021
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: email@example.com or phone (02) 6208 5021
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!
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.
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)!
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.
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!
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!
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
Making of Abdul
Work-in-progress Balsa wood puppets
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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!