Dead Puppet Society



Step into this whimsical wonderland where table tops grow grass and water bottles become the depths of the ocean.

Making use of nothing but household objects and the performers’ hands, Argus transcends from the simple to the sublime exploring the fragile attempts of this little creature to find a home in a world where he just doesn’t fit in.

Working on principles of found objects and transformation, this quietly touching piece highlights the beauty of an impossible life; one that is full of playfulness, joy and laughter.

Argus will expand the imaginations of adults and children alike.

"Delightful characters and a story to win hearts all over the world." (XS Entertainment)

"A unique world of fantasy and illusion." (4Change)

"It’s a testament to the power of imagination throughout." (Australian Stage)

Production team:

Director and Designer David Morton
Creative Producer Nicholas Paine
Dramaturg Richard Tulloch
Original Score John Babbage (Topology)
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Performers (AUS) Nathan Booth, Laura Hague, Matthew Seery and Anna Straker
Performers (USA) Leila Ghaznavi, Jon Riddleberger, Betsy Rosen and Brendan Yi-Fu Tay
Creative consultant Sandra Gattenhof
Stage Manager Samuel Maher

Past productions:

10-21 January | Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York City)
24-28 January 2016 | Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (Florida)
January 2015 | International Performing Arts for Youth
5-17 May 2015 | Queensland Theatre Company
22-25 May 2015 | Come Out Children's Festival
8-9 July 2015 | ArtPlay (Melbourne)
14-15 July 2015 | Townsville
16-18 July 2015 | Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
21-22 July 2015 | Mt Isa
24 July 2015 | Hughenden
25-26 July 2015 | Charters Towers
30-31 July 2015 | Artsworx (Toowoomba)
7-8 August 2015 | Darwin Festival
19 December 2014 | Puppet BloK! | Dixon Place (New York City)
26 - 30 June 2013 | Powerkids | Brisbane Powerhouse

Developed with Brisbane Powerhouse. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Funding support for this project has been provided by The Jim Henson Foundation. An initial development of this work was produced by Vena Cava Productions in 2012.

Argus toured to Cairns, Townsville, Charters Towers, Hughenden and Mount Isa as part of the New ERA partnership model developed by Metro Arts.

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