A project to create puppets for a high school theatre production of "Coram Boy" at Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview (Sydney) in May 2011. Kay Yasugi also ran a puppet operating workshop for some of the cast members and did sketches during rehearsals. Photos by Kay Yasugi and Suzanne Millar.
The Giant Puppet Project is an annual local childrens' community arts project, the largest of its kind in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It aims to provide a creative platform for disadvantaged children to foster and promote expression and self confidence through art. The 2011 project was led by Stuart Cochlin, with artistic director Jig Cochrane. Kay Yasugi from Pupperoos volunteered as a puppet maker and workshop facilitator. For more information visit the Giant Puppet Project Facebook page. You can also view a video at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMD4KzgZhOo)
A project to create a puppet for the "Jeans For Genes" Charity, which is a major fundraiser of the Children’s Medical Research Institute. The rod/marionette puppet (named "Billy Jean") danced, 'moon-walked' and kicked a football around the Jeans For Genes Art Exhibition Media and Gallery Launch at Wentworth Galleries, Sydney. "Billy Jean" also performed at the Denim Charity Dinner at Sydney's Doltone House, where the artworks were auctioned. For more information please visit www.jeansforgenes.org.au
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A Puppetry Secondment Project run by Pupperoos with a small group of students from Wesley Institute, Sydney. The project involved developing Pupperoos' solo show, "The Whirlwind", as well as introducing the students to puppetry: making various puppets, performing with puppets and showcasing the work achieved over the 8 sessions. The project also aimed to equip the students with knowledge and skills in puppetry that can be applied for future work in their own fields of drama/dance. For more information about Wesley Institute, please visit www.wi.edu.au
A project to create TV commercials for Mission Australia's “HUSH for Homelessness” campaign, which raises money to help homeless Australians. Celebrities Joy Hopwood (presenter on ABC’s “Play School“) and Geoff Field (news reader for 2day FM’s ”Kyle and Jackie O Show“) promoted the campaign and were joined by a little sock puppet called Rupert Hush. For more information go to www.hushforhomelessness.com.au
A documentary project based on a puppet play written by a 14 year old boy in the Terezin Concentration Camp in 1943. Produced by Gary Friedman and Rod Freedman 2009. Screened in 2009 at the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Australia. For more information, go to www.lookingforamonster.com. To see a promo of the documentary, visit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vvuIaHF1_Y). Watch the making of the documentary at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XofHCWe5STg)