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Performance making and design.

In addition to one-off workshops, Dead Puppet Society artists can work with schools and theatre programs on longer, more intensive projects. If you have a unit of work, theatre project, play or
musical where a long form collaboration would suit, we’d love to talk about how we can help.

We can tailor a process that provides a deeply insightful experience, whether this be through devising a new work, designing and building custom puppets, or rehearsing and presenting an existing text using visual methods.

We can:
• Develop language, movement and manipulation skills
• Direct your puppets and puppeteers
• Facilitate and direct Ensemble Performance
• Integrate Visual Theatre elements into existing work
• Design and build custom puppets
• Mentor and design puppets that your school can build
• Devise, construct and rehearse a Performance Outcome

Contact us to discuss your idea.

Please note a travel fee will apply when the location of the Residency is located outside of the Brisbane City Council area, or when the location is more than 20km from our HQ at Woolloongabba, Brisbane. The travel fee will be outlined upon quotation.

November 2022 Residency: Robin Hood Satellite Ensemble

Dead Puppet Society was thrilled to collaborate with Queensland Theatre and Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct, Logan City Council’s new landmark cultural venue, to devise a new work made with young people, for young people. Logan is rich in cultural heritage, diversity and young talent. Dead Puppet Society’s Head of Youth and Education Helen Stephens led an exciting visual theatre training residency and creative development project with students from schools across Logan. 

Australians like to celebrate the underdog, the anti-hero, we love to celebrate stories where a wrong is made right, and champion the bravery it takes to enact change. Robin Hood and his Merry Men, a story that has captured hearts and imaginations for centuries, was the pretext for the project, which aims to explore contemporary struggles faced by young people.

As Director, Writer and Facilitator, Helen worked with a group of 20 Logan students from Grade 9 to 12 alongside local Artist and Facilitator Grace Edward, to create a new play based on Robin Hood. The project aims to take an investigative approach to create change using compelling visual storytelling and analogue techniques. Following the 10-week process, the students showcased a bite-sized viewing at the Butter Factory on 8 December.

Creative Team
Director, Writer & Facilitator: Helen Stephens
Co-Facilitator & Director: Grace Edward

Past residencies have included: 

• Direction and Design of Metamorphoses by the Young Artist Ensemble (Queensland Theatre)

• Direction and Design of The Secret Garden by the Young Artist Ensemble (Queensland Theatre)

• Theatre Residency Week Facilitation (Queensland Theatre)

• Puppet Design and Direction (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Kings Christian College)

• Workshops and Community Performances (Horn Island and Thursday Island State Schools)

• Mini School Artist in Residence (Mount Isa School of the Air)

• Artist in Residence (Centre for Artistic Development, Redcliffe State High School)

• Puppetry Training (Starlight Children’s Foundation)

Image: Queensland Theatre Residency Week, photo Shan Lennar Aniel Jacobe


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