Friday, April 24, 2015
For the past two-weeks, I’ve been working full-time at the National Museum of Australia, performing puppets and facilitating puppetry workshops during the School Holidays in their Discovery Space. It’s been an amazingly rewarding experience and it’s been so great seeing the fruits of several months and many hours of work all come together!
For the program, ‘Play with Plays’ I was commissioned to design a foldable toy theatre in the theme of the Museum’s loop, that could be printed on an A3 paper, both for downloading from their website and also for the school holiday activity. Click here to download the PDF and instructions to make your own theatre with puppets! It was a real joy to see more than 100 kids every day paint and create the theatre I had designed!
I also created seven large scale puppets to facilitate the performance workshop element of the holiday programs. I based these on an actual Toy Theatre from the 1800s in the Museum’s collection. The puppets currently on display are the characters from Cinderella – so this was the story we choose to present during the program.
During each workshop, I would tell the story of Cinderella using the puppets and then invite kids from the audience to use the puppets and perform the story! It was a lot of fun for everyone involved!
There were many elements part of the program which the NMA staff put together to really immerse participants in the puppetry and Toy Theatre world; such as iPad versions of the original Toy Theatre in the museum’s collection, iPads to record your own puppet film, soft puppets and a stage for toddlers to put on a show and a huge range of wonderful art supplies for everyone to make their puppets and stages.
It was a fabulous program all round! Many thanks to Kellie and Kate and the whole crew at the NMA for hosting such a fabulous creative program!
For even more photos of the Play with Play holiday program, visit the Museum’s flikr page here.
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!
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.
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!