2015 Adventures of the Puppets

Brett with Gary Foley puppet in Richard Bell film project

This year, Larrikin Puppets has continued to grow from strength to strength. In its third year of business, the puppets have appeared at several festivals, more child care centres and schools than ever before, two Supanova Pop Culture Expos, regular shows at South Bank Parklands, a series of family variety shows at Morningside’s Studio Theatre & Cafe, a film appearance in artist Richard Bell’s movie “5 for 35” (currently showing at APT8, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane), a cameo in “The Hobble & Snitch Show”, and even a hosting gig on “Juiced TV” – a TV show filmed at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Troggg even got to meet Agro this year! Troggg with Hobble and Snitch

Troggg with Agro.

Troggg Murra MurraWe also took the puppets along to perform in Childers, Toowoomba, and at the 5th Kooma Green School – a cultural exchange program held in the remote Indigenous community of Murra Murra in South-West Queensland. And Troggg got to accept a trophy at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne when Larrikin Puppets WON the BizCover NEIS Change Award at the National Small Business Development Conference!  NEIS Awards Facebook Cover

 

 

I managed to arrange Brisbane’s only cinema screening of the award winning documentary film, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” at Event Cinemas (hosted by Troggg of course). We raised $300 towards ovarian cancer research and awareness via Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer in memory of my Mum.

On a personal note, I got married this year! To the beautiful Elissa, who has been the most amazing friend anybody could ever wish for.

Here’s to more puppet fun and adventures in 2016!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From Brett Hansen 🙂

Juiced TV

Troggg meets Agro and Beppo the Clown

During one weekend in October 2015, Brett and Troggg got to rub shoulders with legends of children’s entertainment!

Troggg with Agro.Remember Australian puppet character Agro? Puppeteered by Jamie Dunn, Agro was on TV all throughout the 1980s and 1990s on shows like The Hi Hello Show, Seven’s Super Saturday Show, Wombat, The Super Sunday Show, Boris’ Breakfast Club, Agro’s Cartoon Connection, The Main Event, Family Feud, Tonight Live with Steve Vizard, etc. Elissa with Agro

On Friday, 23 October 2015, Elissa, Brett and Troggg went along to the Studio Theatre and Cafe to catch a performance of “Agro Up Late”, starring Jamie Dunn, Jill Ray (one of Agro’s co-hosts in the 1980s) and Agro himself. Troggg, Brett Hansen, Jamie Dunn, Agro.

There was a meet-and-greet in the foyer after the show, and that’s when Troggg got to meet his hero Agro.

The next day, Larrikin Puppets performed a puppet show at the Goodna Jacaranda Festival. Performing just before and after the puppet show was the legendary Beppo the Clown (aka Barry Cannon).

Troggg with Beppo the Clown

Barry has been performing as Beppo the Clown since 1960. He’s now in his 80s and still going strong! Brett chatted at length with Barry (who also used to appear on Agro’s show in the early days) and learnt a lot about the children’s entertainment industry over the last 50 years.

A quote from Brett: “You know you’re doing something right as a children’s entertainer when ‘Beppo the Clown’ tells you that your puppet show is engaging, entertaining and contains appropriate and catchy songs for the litte ones. I should’ve asked him to give that to me in writing!”

 

 

It was a very special couple of days, being able to rub shoulders with childhood heroes Agro and Beppo the Clown, who helped inspire us to bring happiness to kids in the same way that they did for many years before Troggg came into the picture.

Troggg Brett Hansen and Barry Cannon as Beppo the Clown

Troggg, Brett Hansen and Jill Ray-Black

Troggg and Agro.

Return of Princess & Pirates stage show for kids!

Super Weekend ShowSince March, we’ve been involved in a little stage show for kids at the Studio Theatre & Cafe (647 Wynnum Rd, Morningside) called “The Super Weekend Show”. At 11am on specified Saturdays, the puppets are joined by costumed characters and a magician for a fun hour of singing, dancing, competitions, jokes, games and prizes. Old fashioned family entertainment! SuperWeekend_Pirates003

 

Bring the family along for encore performances of our fully scripted “Princess & Pirates” stage show for kids on Saturday June 6 (11am).

– Edit: The May 23 show has been cancelled. June 6 is your last chance to see this production –

Princess Flossy’s stolen treasure has been lost by The Pirate King and his first mate Troggg. With the help of Carol the Kangaroo, they will all search for the treasure in various Brisbane locations like Algestarrrrr, Bulimbarrrr and Cannon Hill.

At each location, a new game is revealed for the kids in the audience to participate in for prizes. Kids are also encouraged to turn up in fancy dress (Princess and Pirate themed). SuperWeekend_Pirates001

Heaps of fun and laughter for all – even the parents! Tickets are $15, and available by calling the theatre on 3399 3333 or book online at www.studiotheatre.com.au. Or you can turn up on the day and pay $15 at the box office.

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You can read more about The Super Weekend Show on our page about it: http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/the-super-weekend-show/

And at The Studio Theatre & Cafe’s page about it: http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=100787676&presenter=AUSTAGEDOOR&venue=&event= 

Set sail for a Princess Pirate Treasure Hunt with Troggg & Crew!

Super Weekend ShowSince March, we’ve been involved in a little stage show at the Studio Theatre & Cafe (647 Wynnum Rd, Morningside) called “The Super Weekend Show”. At 11am on specified Saturdays, the puppets are joined by costumed characters and a magician for a fun hour of singing, dancing, competitions, jokes, games and prizes. Old fashioned family entertainment!

 

 

This Saturday (May 2, 2015) will be a very special show – A fully scripted play about Princess Flossy’s stolen treasure which has been lost by The Pirate King and his first mate Troggg. With the help of Carol the Kangaroo, they will all search for the treasure in various Brisbane locations like Algestarrrrr, Bulimbarrrr and Cannon Hill. At each location, a new game is revealed for the kids in the audience to participate in for prizes. Kids are also encouraged to turn up in fancy dress (Princess Pirate themed).

Heaps of fun and laughter for all! Tickets are still available by calling the theatre on 3399 3333 or book online at www.studiotheatre.com.au. Or you can turn up on the day and pay $15 at the box office.

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You can read more about The Super Weekend Show on our page about it: http://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/the-super-weekend-show/

And at The Studio Theatre & Cafe’s page about it: http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=100787676&presenter=AUSTAGEDOOR&venue=&event=