Our annual Adult Masterclass Series is back for a third year due to popular demand. This time the series will be hosted by Queensland Theatre Company and includes a free ticket to our upcoming production of Argus. Don't delay! Venture here for more information.
We are also running a brand new workshop in conjunction with the Argus season, specifically for teachers and students. This workshop will give participants insight into the Society's way of incorporating abstract objects into performance, and can be added onto any performance of Argus during the QTC season. More on this here.
We look forward to working with you!
With the start of 2015 Dead Puppet Society enters its sixth year. In that time we’ve gone from what was quite literally a dining table operation into a professional production company working across two countries. The last twelve months has seen our work premiere in New York City, The Harbinger tour Australia, and our education program grow to reach more students than ever before. We also spent time with Handspring Puppet Company in South Africa. Over the year we have received incredible support from our partner organisations, all of the artists who we have worked with, and the schools who have welcomed us into their communities.
But now 2015 is upon us, and what a year we have lined up. Once again we have existing projects hitting the road, and are continuing to pitch our work at major performing arts markets across Australia and the United States. We are honoured to have been invited into residencies with both the Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane, and the New Victory Theater in New York City to work on the creation of two new projects. Both of these shows are works that we have had on our radar for some time, and now thanks to the generosity of these two organisations they are on their way to becoming a reality.
The growth and professional development that we have undergone has fortified our vision for the Society, and as such we have updated our education program to share the new ideas and working methods that we are using with students. We’ve also made the addition of a stock of teaching puppets to allow students to engage with the objects used by the Society and add value to their experience.
For Dead Puppet Society 2015 is about raising the bar, about working further afield, and strengthening our engagement back home.
We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year!
We are going on tour! The big fella - Albert, the little puppets, Critical Stages and the Dead Puppet Society are taking the bookshop and heading around Australia. This wonderful achievement has been brought about by the fearless leaders of the company. What started out as a small, independent production at La Boite Indie in 2011 has gone on to be the ‘little show that could’. People love puppets - especially the Dead Puppets!
We had 13 days to re-rehearse the show in Brisbane, which is not a lot of time, given that we also had one new cast member - Emily Burton, who had to train up with the technique of bringing the puppets to life. She leapt at the challenge with gusto and soon had the ‘puppeteer muscle arm’, a badge of honour. It is a wonderful company of people and I am overjoyed to be back with them all. We laugh - a lot!
Our first stop was Darwin at Brown’s Mart Theatre. It is a truly divine space, in a heritage listed building that seats 100. We opened there, after a very full day of plotting the technical elements (lighting and sound) for the show. We arrived back at the hotel at 11 pm and crashed into bed.
Our opening day consisted of three performances - 11.00am, 5.30pm and 8.15pm. There is nothing like opening with a bang- and we did it! It is an extraordinary experience, as a performer, to ‘feel’ the audience with you. No shuffling, no yawning (if they did, they did it quietly. Believe me - some people make it very clear when they yawn during a show!) and a collective ‘held breath’ throughout the show. There were involuntary cries of emotion throughout the performance, and a powerful and ecstatic release from the audience at each curtain call. Joyous. Next stop Byron Bay…
- Barb Lowing (Albert) 2014