June 2016

Shadow Workshop for Teachers: The Art of Puppetry in Education and Therapy, UK

7th June, 2016|Blog, Puppetry and Education, Workshops|

On 26th -31st August 2015, the London School of Puppetry (LSP) UK ran a week-long program on the Art of Puppetry in Education and Therapy, focusing on Shadow Puppetry. I ran this course with Caroline Astell-Burt, who is the school's Director of Studies and author of "I am the Story", a wonderfully practical manual for puppetry [...]

A Very Hungry Caterpillar! Giant Puppets in the UK

7th June, 2016|Blog, Charity, Festivals, Workshops|

https://youtu.be/0lS2DZNFmnM In July 2015, I volunteered as a puppet maker for the Cock and Bull Festival, a music festival near Bath (UK) run by Jamie’s Farm, a charity that's transforming the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools. The organisation provides a unique combination of farming, family and therapy through a short stay residential and follow up [...]

Spiders, Masks and a Giant Moon: Visiting Théâtre du Loup in Geneva

6th June, 2016|Blog, Workshops|

I was very excited to visit Théâtre du Loup in Geneva in July 2015. Arguably the ‘Bread and Puppet’ of Switzerland, the dynamic community theatre company was founded in 1978 by Veronique Berthet, Eric Jeanmonod and Sandro Rossetti. A large part of the company’s history was creating puppets to parade in the streets, and in the [...]

Here be Dragons: The Dragon Project with Shopfront

6th June, 2016|Blog, Puppetry and Education, Workshops|

In May-June 2015, I ran a 9 week puppetry project at Athelstane Public School (a primary school in south Sydney), collaborating with the youth theatre company Shopfront as part of their Room 13 program. Room 13 is supported by Arts NSW & Australia Council for the Arts Fresh AIR 2014-2016 Artist in Residence program funding. The aim of [...]

Chickens and Monkeys and Ducks – Oh My! Making Puppets for The Wizard of Oz

6th June, 2016|Blog, Puppet commissions, Puppetry and Education|

Pupperoos got their biggest commission to date when a Sydney-based school approached me to create a whole zoo of animal puppets for their high school musical production of The Wizard of Oz in February 2015. I made 1 Mother duck, 2 hens, 3 flying monkeys, 4 giant butterflies, 6 ducklings, 6 crows, several shadow puppets and a [...]

Puppets and Puppies: Woof-Fest 2015

6th June, 2016|Blog|

On 8th March 2015, Pupperoos was invited to a furry, friendly (and predominantly four-legged) festival in Western Sydney called “Bungarribee Woof-Fest”. We ran a dog-themed sock puppet workshop as part of this annual dog festival in Doonside, which is hosted by the Western Sydney Parklands Trust. The festival is located at Bungarribee, which has a large [...]

UNIMA Puppetry Master Class with Simon T. Rann from Compagnie Philippe Genty

6th June, 2016|Blog, Workshops|

In February 2015, Master Puppeteer Simon T. Rann from Compagnie Philippe Genty ran two master class workshops in both Melbourne and NSW. I attended the NSW workshop which was run as a wonderful weekend away in Mittagong (1.5 hrs south of  Sydney). The course aimed to explore visual theatre, especially the use of puppetry and object [...]

Pupperoos goes to the Festival de Marionnettes in France

6th June, 2016|Blog, Festivals, Workshops|

From 18th-20th July 2014, a myriad of French and international performers showcased their puppet shows to enthusiastic crowds of both children and adults. There were tiny puppets in trees, giant puppets in markets, dark tales in the forest, strange mechanical bicycles on the street and lots of meals with puppeteers and puppetry enthusiasts. Set in [...]

April 2016

Pupperoos goes on Play School

18th April, 2016|Blog, Festivals, TV and Radio appearances, Workshops|

Pupperoos was very excited to be invited onto the children's television programme Play School in their "Through the Windows" segment! This was part of their 'Making Puppets' episodes, which were aired in July 2014 on ABC4KIDS (ABC2). A team from Play School came to film Kay and other puppeteers at the Maldon Puppet Carnival in [...]

Teacher Training Workshops and Lectures: Puppetry for the ESL Classroom

18th April, 2016|Blog, Puppetry and Education, Workshops|

On 4th September 2014, Kay Yasugi visited Sydney University to speak with the Third Year Primary Education students about using puppetry with ESL (English as a Second Language) students. She ran the puppetry lecture with Kate Harris, who is a primary school teacher and tutor at Sydney University. The session included a wide range of [...]