Show of Hands: Improv Puppet Theatre

Edge Improv, Larrikin Puppets and Odyssey Entertainment present:

Show of Hands: Improv Puppet Theatre – Coming to the 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival!

Like “Whose Line Is It Anyway” meets “The Muppet Show”, this technically intriguing show is performed using monitor puppetry (a television format developed by Jim Henson). Improvising puppeteers will perform short scenes, songs and games into a video camera. Hosted by “Troggg” the blue monster, this is two shows in one; puppeteers performing live on stage, with puppet characters projected onto a large screen. The audience will be encouraged to contribute suggestions for the puppet characters to play out. A similar format (called “Thank Troggg You’re Here“) was previously performed by the same team as part of the 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival.

Show Dates:
Friday 18 May
Saturday 19 May
Friday 25 May
Saturday 26 May

Food Connect Warehouse
1/8 Textile Cres, Salisbury QLD

Doors open:
7:00pm for pre-show drinks at the bar.

1st half: 7:30pm – 8:15pm.
Interval: 8:15pm – 8:30pm.
2nd half: 8:30pm – 9:00pm.

Puppeteer Cast:
Brad Daniels, Lucy Posner, Chris Spensley, Oscar Whitaker, Logan Cronin-Stacey, BeeBee Doubois, Brett Hansen, Elissa Jenkins, Daniel Endicott.

Hosted by:
Troggg the blue monster (Brett Hansen).

Music by:
Ed Ruben.

Produced by: 
Brad Daniels (Edge Improv), Brett Hansen (Larrikin Puppets) and Daniel Endicott (Odyssey Entertainment).

Please donate to our crowdfunding campaign:

A massive THANK YOU to Samantha Morris from Blank Gold Coast and Wombat Creative for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

A massive THANK YOU to Mark Purvis from Evolve Technology for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

A massive THANK YOU to Alexandra McCallum for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

A massive THANK YOU to Kate Robertson for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

A massive THANK YOU to Lee Thompson from Thompson Puppets for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

A massive THANK YOU to Bradley ‘Sparky’ Clarke from Starbuck Productions for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

A massive THANK YOU to Hen3 and the crew (with their good friend Glen Perks) from Top of the Stairs Puppets for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

Troggg’s video thank you to the puppeteers (so far) who’ve generously donated to our Show of Hands crowd funding campaign.

A massive THANK YOU to Maxx Monster and the crew (with their good friend Scott Richards) from Maxx Puppets for your generous donation to Show of Hands! Here is your shoutout video as well:

A massive THANK YOU to Marlon Fernandes from Mr. Marlon’s Puppet Workshop for your generous donation to Show of Hands!

Massive THANKS to Kim and Andrew for your generous donation to our crowd funder for “Show of Hands” at the 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival!

Massive THANKS to Mike Ando for your generous donation to our crowd funder for “Show of Hands” at the 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival!

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Puppetry direction by Brett Hansen.
Puppeteer Brett Hansen has performed and trained in the USA with Jim Henson puppeteers from Sesame Street and The Muppets, with most of the training in monitor puppetry for film and TV. His business Larrikin Puppets has been delighting audiences since 2012, and has included live performances at Woodford Folk Festival, the Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn (NYC), the Mary Poppins Festival (Maryborough), and a corporate puppet show at QPAC for the cast and company of the Julie Andrews-directed My Fair Lady. Brett has worked on three stage productions of Avenue Q, and on TV productions such as The Bureau of Magical Things (Jonathan M. Shiff Productions/Network Ten), Totally Wild (Network Ten), Juiced TV (Children’s Hospital Foundation) and pop star Tia Gostelow’s That’s What You Get music video.

Improv direction by Brad Daniels.
Brad Daniels started training and performing improvisation in 1994 to forget a girl and has been working constantly in the field since then.
In the last 17 years Brad and has appeared in and produced innumerable shows – with Theatresports Queensland, Six of the Best, Sit Down Comedy Club, ImproMafia, and his own troupe EDGE Improv. Brad also had a regular radio spot on 4ZZZ, performing impro on Friday afternoons. Brad loves the challenge of running the workshops. He has also directed and starred in many improvised productions, including the sold out and critically acclaimed “Hard Boiled Dick” as part of this year’s Brisbane Theatre Fringe.
Brad has also performed and taught impro Australia wide in locations as diverse as the Adelaide Fringe Festival to Singapore to Bingara in rural NSW.

Technical direction by Elissa Jenkins.
Brett Hansen’s wife and assistant puppeteer Elissa Jenkins has a 20 year career in media, marketing, communications and management. She has received puppetry training in New York City, and joins Brett for festivals, touring shows and puppetry workshops. For this production, Elissa wrangles the tech that connects the puppeteers to a TV frame and a movie screen, and keeps it all in sync. She also directs the puppeteers in their relationship with the tech.

Producer: Daniel Endicott.
Daniel is an Australian theatrical technician and puppetry enthusiast who has spent much of his 30 year career working with independent musicians and variety performers, whilst also helping to save many of Brisbane’s heritage theatres and cultural icons under the Odyssey banner. Daniel has moved into the area of production management working with Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, Ballet Theatre of Queensland (“Cinderella”, 80th Anniversary Gala Performance, “The Little Mermaid”), Dangerous Song Blue (national tour), Room to Play, Metro Arts Theatre and Vulcana Women’s Circus. Daniel currently works as a stage technician at Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC) and runs Odyssey Entertainment, which provides production management, technical support and equipment to our emerging professional artists, smaller to medium arts companies and our community arts venues. Daniel and Odyssey are looking forward to working with the Edge Improv and Larrikin Puppets team to present a hilarious improv puppet fiasco, “Show Of Hands” as a part of Anywhere Theatre Festival 2018.