Woodford Folk Festival 2016/17

Larrikin Puppets Deja Voodoo WoodfordIt has been a great honour and privilege to be a part of the “De Ja Voodoo” sideshow family for a week at Woodford Folk Festival.

Woodford6Run by headline performers Zoe Ellis (Zoe L’Amore of Electric Dollhouse) and Chayne Hultgren (The Space Cowboy), Larrikin Puppets shared the stage in the ‘Deja Voodoo’ sideshow dome every day with Ruben de Waal (Dr. Rube’s Flea Circus) and Shep Huntly (Dr. Hubble’s Big Bubble Show) at the children’s events.

Elissa and I performed three puppet shows a day, every day at the festival. Woodford4

This has been a truly amazing and memorable experience. Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s biggest festivals, and I feel very blessed to have been invited to be a part of it.

Happy New Year!

Brett Hansen – Larrikin Puppets

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If you run a festival and would like us to perform, Larrikin Puppets festival puppet shows are usually $450 per show and roving is usually $90 per hour. However, for more than one performance we can do a deal for you. Contact us here to discuss.

Puppet Show details –
Suitable for the whole family, this puppet show is 30 minutes of songs, games, jokes, skits and comical interaction with the audience, followed by an additional 5 minute demonstration on how the puppets work, and a 10 minute meet and greet, where the kids have an opportunity to have their photo taken with Troggg, our friendly blue monster star.
Total duration: 45 minutes.

Roving details –
Brett wanders around events with Troggg the blue monster and/or Moss the green monster. Elissa wanders around events with Flossy the pink monster. Guests can chat and mingle with Troggg/Moss/Flossy, and get their photo taken with them.

Additional inclusions for the cost:
– Time allowance for travel to and from the event, set-up and pack-up of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
– Rehearsal time prior to the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Events that require us to travel long distances (ie. flights from Brisbane or drives longer than three hours from Brisbane) will incur additional costs such as flights, excess baggage, fuel and accomodation for two. If your budget allows for this, please contact us to make arrangements.

 

You can find out more about our festival performances under the “Fetes and Festivals” section of this website. We’d be more than happy to discuss options. Troggg and his furry friends love performing at festivals!

 

 

Larrikin Puppets in The Bribie Islander

Larrikin Puppets in The Bribie Islander:

Towards the end of our stay in New York, Elissa and I decided to base ourselves on Bribie Island upon our return to Australia. I wrote a post on a Bribie Island community Facebook page about our decision, and was approached via that page by a journalist in The Bribie Islander who was interested in writing a story about Larrikin Puppets and the puppet adventures we had in the USA. This is the article that was printed in the September 2016 edition of The Bribie Islander – Issue 26. Click on the article below to zoom in and read it:

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Working as a journalist for a community paper has proven to be a wide and varied creative experience! It’s rare to have an interview with a puppeteer! Rare and magical, it immediately brings out the child in you! Brett Hansen gave us a demonstration of his incredible gifts as we watched in awe and fascination! Brett has just returned to the island from New York and was gracious enough to share his experiences with us.

Brett attended the ‘Beyond the Sock Workshop’ featuring puppetry teachers: Marty Robinson (a Jim Henson puppeteer famous for performing Telly Monster and Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street), Pasha Romanowski (puppet builder who made the characters on popular New Zealand show, The Moe Show), and Noel MacNeal (a Jim Henson puppeteer famous for performing the lead character on Bear in the Big Blue House). He held a solo puppet show at the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn – an annual festival in New York celebrating all kinds of puppetry. “I had a really big crowd on the day”. His main character Troggg (that’s Troggg with three Gs, the middle G is silent) – is pictured here posing with New York puppet troupe ‘Team Lopez’. “We attended so many night time puppet shows for adults and the theatres were packed! It’s part of the culture over there that puppets are not just for children. Grown adults flock to see these shows”. Team Lopez performs ‘improv’ comedy (known in Australia as ‘impro’ or ‘theatresports’). While we were based in New York for most of the three months, we did spend a week in Los Angeles and a week in Texas. The Beyond the Sock workshop was held at the University of North Texas. And in Los Angeles, I spent some time with some Jim Henson puppeteers over there – Grant Baciocco and Russ Walko.

Brett’s business Larrikin Puppets is available for bookings locally. He is available to perform puppet shows for birthday parties, childcare centres, libraries, fetes and festivals, seniors clubs and nursing homes, and primary and high schools. Schools are also able to book him for Puppetry Workshops. He is also available to perform as a Puppet M.C. for wedding receptions, film festivals, product launches, talent nights, gala dinners and media launches. So if you want your event to stand out from the crowd, you can contact Brett for bookings.

Article by Kellyanne O’Hare in The Bribie Islander. Issue 26, September 2016.

The Bribie Islander website – https://issuu.com/thebribieislander

The Bribie Islander Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/thebribieislander/

Troggg Visits Adelaide

Troggg’s in Adelaide at the moment to visit Shannon at ‘The Puppet Workshop‘. She made his friends Flossy and the Singing Cheesecake. Troggg is also looking to have a ‘stunt double’ of himself made. Here’s a video from this morning (April 4, 2016) in the city:

And here’s a photo of Troggg and Brett meeting with Shannon Cooke, owner of ‘The Puppet Workshop’ in Adelaide:

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Larrikin Puppets is proud to be a repeat customer of The Puppet Workshop, and would recommend Shannon to anybody wanting professional custom puppets built for them.

 

Brett Hansen Puppeteer Showreel

Brett Hansen Puppeteer Showreel – 2 Min, 45 Sec Version. This shorter version features clips from puppet shows, Vox Poppin’, Juiced TV, Cluck! The Web Series, Heart of a Thousand Souls, 5 for 35, Avenue Q, Thank Troggg You’re Here, The Hobble & Snitch Show, Murra Murra and The Late Nite Show.

Brett Hansen Puppeteer Showreel – 4 Minute Version. Features clips from puppet shows, Juiced TV, Cluck! The Web Series, Heart of a Thousand Souls, 5 for 35, Avenue Q, The Hobble & Snitch Show, Sam The Ham, Murra Murra, The Late Nite Show, Thank Troggg You’re Here, and Vox Poppin’.

Brett HansenBrett Hansen is the principal puppeteer at Larrikin Puppets, and won the 2015 BizCover NEIS Change Award at the Small Business Development Conference in Melbourne for his work forming and growing the company over its first three years.

Brett’s weekly puppetry work consists mostly of live performances at childcare centres, schools, libraries, festivals and birthday parties around South-East Queensland. He also runs beginner puppetry workshops at schools. Brett spent a week in residence at Belmont State School teaching each child from prep to year 6 the art of storytelling through puppetry as part of the 2016 Belmont Literary Carnivale.

In 2016, Brett spent three months in the USA for professional development where he networked, trained and performed with puppeteers in New York City, Los Angeles and Texas. He received formal puppetry training at the Beyond The Sock advanced puppetry workshop at the University of North Texas under Marty Robinson (The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Street) and Noel MacNeal (Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House), with puppet construction training from Pasha Romanowski (Project Puppet, The Moe Show). Brett also trained at The Puppet Kitchen in Manhattan, New York under Michael Schupbach (Sesame Street, The Jim Henson Company), performed in New York City at the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn.

Marty Robinson, Pasha Romanowski, Noel MacNeal

Brett Hansen with Marty Robinson, Pasha Romanowski, and Noel MacNeal.

In theatre, Brett was puppetry trainer for the casts of both the 2012 and 2014 Brisbane Arts Theatre productions of Broadway musical, ‘Avenue Q‘. Brett was also a puppeteer cast member in the 2012 production, co-performing the characters of Nicky and Trekkie Monster. Brett’s own improv theatre show ‘Thank Troggg You’re Here: A Puppet Impro Spectacular!’ debuted at the 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival and has been performed several times to large audiences.

Brett also performed the puppetry for Studio Theatre & Cafe’s Saturday morning kids’ stage show, ‘The Super Weekend Show’.

In film, Brett performed the puppet characters in Richard Bell’s ‘5 for 35’, which screened at the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) at GOMA (Queensland’s Gallery Of Modern Art) in 2015-2016. He also assisted with the puppetry in ‘Cluck: The Web Series’, puppeteered Troggg in the short film ‘Heart of a Thousand Souls’, and puppeteered two characters in the short film ‘Kev’. On TV, Brett has performed puppetry on ‘The Late Nite Show’ and ‘Showreel’ (both at Channel 31) and hosted (as Troggg) an episode of ‘Juiced TV’, a children’s programme created in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Some of this work can be seen in both the short and long versions of Brett’s puppeteer showreel.

Larrikin Puppets Birthday Party Puppet Show Video!

This week, we released a new three minute video showing a sample of the kind of colourful and energetic fun you’re likely to see when you book a Larrikin Puppets birthday party puppet show! The video can be seen in a few different places online.

YouTube: 

Vimeo: 

Facebook: 

Facebook Video

Please watch and share with as many people as you can so we can make sure everybody in Brisbane is aware that Troggg, Frizzby, Moss, Frazzamatazz, Flossy, the Cheesecake and all the animals are ready to perform at any and all birthday parties!

Would YOU like a Larrikin Puppets birthday party puppet show?

Bribie Island based Larrikin Puppets Perform Almost Everywhere!

Puppet Show Frizzby and FlossyHere’s a list of all the places we’ve performed with puppets so far. 
Acacia Ridge
Albany Creek
Alderley
Alexandra Hills, Redland City
Annerley
Arana Hills
Arundel, Gold Coast
Ashgrove
Astoria, Queens, New York, USA
Balmoral, QLD
Banksia Beach, Bribie Island
Bardon
Beaudesert
Beenleigh, Logan City
Beerwah, Sunshine Coast
Bellara, Bribie Island
Bellbowrie
Belmont
Benowa, Gold Coast
Berserker, QLD
Birkdale, Redland City
Blackbutt, QLD
Bongaree, Bribie Island
Bowen Hills
Bracken Ridge
Bray Park
Bribie Island, QLD
Brighton, QLD
Brisbane Central
Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Buddina, Sunshine Coast
Bulimba
Bundaberg, QLD
Bundaberg Central, QLD
Burbank, California, USA
Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast
Burpengary
Burpengary East
Caboolture
Camira, Ipswich
Camp Hill
Cannon Hill
Carindale
Carrara, Gold Coast
Chermside
Chermside West
Childers, QLD
Clayfield
Cleveland, Redland City
Clontarf
Collingwood Park
Coomera, Gold Coast
Cooroy, Sunshine Coast
Cornubia, Logan City
Currimundi, Sunshine Coast
Currumbin, Gold Coast
Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast
Currumbin South, Gold Coast
Daisy Hill, Logan City
Darra
Dayboro
Deagon
Deception Bay
Denton, North Texas, USA
Docklands, VIC
Dutton Park
Eaglby, Logan City
Eagle Farm
East Brisbane
Eight Mile Plains
Elanora, Gold Coast
Everton Park
Ferny Hills
Flinders View, Ipswich
Forest Lake
Fortitude Valley
Gin Gin, Bundaberg, QLD
Gladstone, QLD
Gold Coast
Goodna, Ipswich
Gordon Park
Gracemere, Rockhampton, QLD
Grange
Greenbank, Logan City
Griffin
Gympie, QLD
Hamilton
Hawthorne
Heathwood
Heritage Park, Logan City
Herston
Holland Park
Hollywell, Gold Coast
Indooroopilly
Injune, SW QLD
Ipswich Central
Jimboomba, Logan City
Kallangur
Kangaroo Point
Kearneys Spring, QLD
Kelvin Grove
Kenmore
Kenmore Hills
Keperra
Kilcoy, QLD
Kingston, QLD
Kuluin, Sunshine Coast
Logan Central
Manhattan, New York, USA
Manly, QLD
Manly West, QLD
Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast
Maryborough, QLD
Meadowbrook, Logan City
Middle Park
Minyama, Sunshine Coast
Moogerah, QLD
Moorooka
Morayfield
Morningside
Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, QLD
Mt. Coot-tha
Mt. Gravatt
Murarrie
Murra Murra, SW QLD
Nerang, Gold Coast
New Farm
Noosaville, Sunshine Coast
Norman Park
North Lakes
Ormeau, Gold Coast
Ormiston, Redland City
Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast
Pacific Pines, Gold Coast
Paddington
Pallara
Palm Beach Heights, Gold Coast
Palmwoods, Sunshine Coast
Parkinson
Park Ridge, Logan City
Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Parkwood, Gold Coast
Petrie Terrace
Raby Bay, Redland City
Red Hill
Redbank
Redbank Plains
Redcliffe
Robina, Gold Coast
Rochedale, Logan City
Rochedale South, Logan City
Rockhampton, QLD
Runcorn
Salisbury
Scarborough
Shailer Park, Logan City
Shorncliffe
Silkstone, Ipswich
Sinnamon Park
Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast
South Bank
South Brisbane
South Rockhampton, QLD
Spring Hill
Stafford
Strathpine
Sunnybank
Sunnybank Hills
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Taigum
Tarragindi
Tewantin, Sunshine Coast
The Gap
Thornlands, Redland City
Tiaro, QLD
Tingalpa
Toowong
Toowoomba, QLD
Tweed Heads, NSW
Upper Coomera, Gold Coast
Wakerley
Warana, Sunshine Coast
Warwick, QLD
Wavell Heights
Wellington Point, Redland City
West End
Witta, Sunshine Coast
Woodford
Woodridge
Woody Point
Woolloongabba
Woombye, Sunshine Coast
Woorim, Bribie Island
Wynnum
Wynnum West
Yeronga

We’re currently based in Bongaree on Bribie Island, so if anybody lives in the Sandstone Point, Caboolture, Ningi, Morayfield, Beachmere or Bribie Island areas – we can get to your party or event really quickly!

Holland Park Kindy Puppet Show – Larrikin Puppets

Testimonial: “Thank you so much for such a wonderful kindy puppet show on the 12th of Nov. Mitchell, his friends and the teachers absolutely loved it. Lots of interaction with the kids throughout the whole show. Amazingly entertaining and very educational. My hubby and I enjoyed the show very much as well.
If anyone wants a puppet show .. Definitely call Brett. He is the BEST!”
– Sue, Holland Park.

www.larrikinpuppets.com.au

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School Fete Puppet Show – Larrikin Puppets

Testimonial: “Thank you Brett for providing entertainment for our 2015 school fete. The kids loved Troggg and the crew and you were very flexible with our changing needs as the fete day drew closer. Loved having you there and seeing the kids enjoy the puppet show. We look forward to next time!” – Sarah, Yeronga.

www.larrikinpuppets.com.au

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Not 4 Kidz at Brisbane Comedy Festival 2016

Brett Hansen is providing puppetry consultancy for this Brisbane Comedy Festival show at the Brisbane Powerhouse in March. Details below.

ImproMafia presents: Not 4 Kidz at Brisbane Comedy Festival 2016.Brisbane Comedy Festival

FOUR SHOWS OVER THREE WEEKS

Grab your cereal and settle in for a completely improvised parody of your favourite childhood shows.

Return to the glory days of children’s television! Brisbane comedy favourites ImproMafia are stepping back in time to present an improvised homage to the shows that made your childhood great.

Join a perky host and a puppet just aggressive enough to avoid copyright infringement, then save the planet with an animated eco-warrior, deal with Canadian high school dramas or go ‘round the bend with the supernatural. Made up on the spot from your suggestions, it’s all up to the audience how these cheeky parodies play out.

(Sorry, kids – this one’s for the grownups!)

5.30pm Saturdays 5 – 19 March
8.30pm Thursday 17 March
Rooftop Terrace, Brisbane Powerhouse
Tickets $23*/16*
Bookings essential – click link above!

Photo by Images by Anderson.

*An additional fee applies to each booking transaction. Single tickets $3/multiple tickets $6.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/552700871561884/

Troggg on Sam The Ham Show

Troggg was recently an international guest on the web series of popular California-based puppet pig, Sam the Ham. Sam The Ham

Sam the HamPerformed by puppeteer Justin Galluccio, Sam the Ham is a pig who is willing to try anything and everything (that people say a pig his size should not be doing, within reason). You can find Sam the Ham all over YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

Here’s Sam’s interview with Troggg: