Australian Puppetry Exhibition at QPAC (QLD)

A free puppetry exhibition called “Puppet People: A snapshot of Australian Puppetry” is being held at the Tony Gould Gallery at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Brisbane) from 10 Oct 2017 – 27 Jan 2018.

Some of the puppets on display at the exhibition have been lent by South Australian puppeteer Keith Preston from Preston’s Historic Punch and Judy.

The Tony Gould Gallery is located on the ground floor at the entrance to the Cremorne Theatre, facing the river and about half way along the side of QPAC’s building. The closest parking is at the Performing Arts Car Park. Also close by is the Grey Street entrance to the Brisbane Convention Centre.

The Gallery is open, free of charge, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm during exhibition seasons.

Information about this exhibition was first published in the UNIMA Australia Newsletter in September, 2017. Information about the Tony Gould Gallery was sourced from the QPAC website.

Larrikin Puppets is a member company of UNIMA Australia.

Larrikin Puppets perform at QPAC for My Fair Lady Cast and Company

My Fair Lady Larrikin Puppets QPACLarrikin Puppets had the great honour and privilege of being chosen as corporate entertainment for the cast and company of My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Our puppet show was held on the rooftop terrace at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Wednesday, 26 April 2017. Among the very special members of our audience were Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey), Anna O’Byrne, Reg Livermore, Robyn Nevin, Mark Vincent, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Deidre Rubenstein, Josh Gates, Joel Parnis and Don Winsor.

My Fair Lady QPAC puppet showThe mastermind behind booking Larrikin Puppets to entertain the show’s cast and company was cast member Don Winsor, who thought an adult level puppet show would be a fun surprise for everybody during their farewell BBQ between shows on the production’s final week in Brisbane.

My Fair Lady TestimonialThe premise of this specially tailored puppet show had the puppets auditioning for a puppet version of My Fair Lady, with Frizzby serving as host, and Troggg auditioning for the role of Eliza Doolittle (arguing with Flossy about the difference between the Cockney flower girl and animal whisperer Doctor Doolittle). The most memorable moment for the cast was the performance by Freerange the Chicken who they described as “random chicken”.

Elissa Brett QPACAfter the puppet show, Elissa and I wandered around with Troggg and Flossy to meet the various cast and company members and pose for photos and selfies with them. It was an unforgettable afternoon enjoyed by all.

 

Larrikin Puppets perform at QPAC for My Fair Lady CastSaid Mr. Don Winsor in an email later that night, “GREAT job today. It was just what the doctor ordered and the company can’t stop laughing… particularly about the chicken, for no reason I can point to. Thanks for doing a bang up job!”

Big thanks to My Fair Lady Australia for choosing us, and chookas for the rest of the tour!

Brett Hansen

What’s On 4 Kids 2017 Awards Finalist – Larrikin Puppets

Bribie Weekly close up cover pagePreviously we wrote a blog post about how Larrikin Puppets was nominated in the national What’s On 4 Kids Awards in the ‘Best Party Entertainment’ category.

Well, thanks to all of your votes, we are now a finalist in that category! Thank you very much, everybody!

What's On 4 Kids Finalist

We’ve answered some interview questions and are looking forward to attending the big What’s On 4 Kids Conference and the Awards Dinner, both being held on Saturday, 10 June at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane.

Larrikin Puppets Deja Voodoo WoodfordTroggg and Fossy (with Brett and Elissa) will be attending too, and meeting several other great entertainers and educators from around Australia.

 

 

The Best Children’s Party Entertainer category (Party Planners and Entertainers, Clowns etc) sponsored by Lah Lah’s Big Live Band has been narrowed down to seven finalists. They are:

 

  • Happily Ever Laughter Children’s Entertainment
  • Kids Disco Parties
  • Larrikin Puppets
  • Strawberry Fundae Kids Parties
  • Superstar Parties
  • SuperSteph’s Super Party Heroes
  • Unreal Kids Parties

Childcare Centre1A lot of competition here from some truly amazing and hard working entertainers. So please keep your fingers and toes crossed for little old us! 🙂

Whatever the outcome, we’re looking forward to spending a full day and night listening to guest speakers who are industry leaders in the children’s entertainment biz, and cheering on our fellow finalists who all share our passion for bringing smiles and laughter to their little faces, and making life fun and full of wonder and joy.

 

 

Short Australian documentary: The Puppeteer

The Puppeteer posterCaboolture film maker Gabor Kukucska set himself a challenge to make 52 short documentaries in 2017. That’s one per week! These documentaries are about inspirational people. And one of these people is Queensland puppeteer Brett Hansen – founder of Larrikin Puppets.

From childhood bullying and awful workplaces to personal difficulties like unemployment and the end of his first marriage, this 13 minute film tells the whole story. Strong encouragement from his loving family helped shape Brett’s life, and eventually he met the love of his life Elissa Jenkins, whose support has meant the world to Brett in the continuing growth of Larrikin Puppets.

The film also talks about the types of bookings Larrikin Puppets receive, including puppet shows and puppetry workshops. We learn about the Small Business Development Conference in Melbourne, and Brett’s advanced training in the USA with puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.

This is the teaser trailer that was shown in the lead up to the film’s official release:

The full 13 minute film is available to see now for free at https://inspireflix.com/docos/the-puppeteer/ by creating a free (and quick) login or signing in with Facebook. The login gate is because film festivals don’t accept films with full public access on YouTube or other such video sharing sites. We would love to see this film accepted and screened at festivals around the world. But we would also love you to login and see the film here and now at the InspireFlix website (formerly My Doco Club). 

Here’s the preliminary video from Facebook starring Troggg the blue monster: https://www.facebook.com/InspireFlix/videos/1795284477458119

NOW LIVE at https://inspireflix.com/docos/the-puppeteer/ – “The Puppeteer” – Brett’s dream to become a working puppeteer, and the struggles and triumphs along the way.

The Puppeteer poster

FILM CREDITS

Brett Hansen, Elissa Jenkins, Ross Hansen, Sandra Gartner, Troggg, Freerange the Chicken, Frazzamatazz.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Production – Buyah Media
Cinematography – Gabor Kukucska

The Puppeteer

 

 

 

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!