Childcare Centre Incursion – Sunkids and Kool Kids

This week Larrikin Puppets are performing childcare centre incursion puppet shows for a couple of the great childcare centre chains – Sunkids and Kool Kids.

On Wednesday 15th of May Brett will be performing his solo puppet show childcare centre incursion at Sunkids on Scottsdale, which is a Sunkids Children’s Centre in Robina on the Gold Coast.

On Thursday 16th of May Brett and Elissa will be performing their childcare centre incursion puppet show at Kool Kids Early Learning Centre The Commons Casuarina (aka Kool Kids The Commons), which is a childcare centre in Casuarina NSW – not far over the Queensland / New South Wales border.

And then next week on Tuesday 21st of May, Elissa will be joining Brett again for a Story Time puppet show at Griffith University Early Childhood Education Centre – Tallowwood Centre at Nathan Campus as part of their Under 8’s Day celebrations. We perform all kinds of childcare centre incursion shows in all kinds of centres.

Say No To Bullying And Yes To Supporting Multicultural Harmony In Australian Schools

Be kind to others who are different to you. Be kind to yourself if you are different from others. Share fun and food, not fear.

Out of concern for younger children’s understanding of other cultures in times of graphic news, Larrikin Puppets seeks community support to adapt Hijabi Girl into a musical theatre performance featuring newly created puppets.

Hijabi Girl is a children’s book for ages 7-9 co-authored by prolific Australian author Hazel Edwards OAM and children’s librarian Ozge Alkan, and illustrated by Serena Geddes. Written five years ago, and much reprinted, it is a refreshing look at the diverse cultures within most Australian schools.

Supporters can choose a reward or donate to Hijabi Girl: The Musical Puppet Show.

Larrikin Puppets Challenges Australians To Fight Fear With Kindness - Hazel Edwards - Ozge Alkan - Serena Geddes

With themes around diversity, identity, anti-bullying and creative problem-solving that align with Australia’s national school curriculum, Hijabi Girl is a celebration of acceptance and coping successfully with being different.

‘Hijabi Girl’ Melek wants to start a girls’ footy team and write a book with a character in a hijab for Book Week Parade dressups. She’s so ‘over’ being Little Red Riding Hood.

Larrikin Puppets Challenges Australians To Fight Fear With Kindness - Hijabi GirlLarrikin Puppets’ Artistic Director Elissa Jenkins said creating a puppet show for a children’s audience based on a book full of cultural sensitivities required concerted research and development: new puppet builds, custom stage sets, converted scripts and original songs.

“While we are happy to invest our time into script development, songwriting and rehearsing, as we are neither puppet builders nor set designers, we need funding to support the creation of the puppets and the set, including materials,” she said.

Larrikin Puppets is calling on the generosity of the public to help fund the performance project via social cause crowdfunding platform Chuffed.

Supporters can choose a reward or donate to Hijabi Girl: The Musical Puppet Show.

With age relevant puppets, music and songs for 7-9 year olds, Larrikin Puppets will transform the Hijabi Girl storybook into a visual extravaganza using 21 spectacular human puppets, fish puppets, pencil puppets, a rice paper roll puppet and a kebab puppet in the style of The Muppets & Fraggle Rock. It will also be the company’s first foray into black light (UV) puppetry.

Larrikin Puppets Challenges Australians To Fight Fear With Kindness - Hijabi GirlChildren’s librarian and co-author Ozge Alkan, a Muslim Australian who herself wears a hijab, said one of the reasons she wanted Hijabi Girl out there was because it tells the story of a girl who dresses differently to everyone else, and is totally fine with who she is.

“When the constant TV news message you hear is that different is bad and scary, it helps to have other messages that accept and celebrate being different,” Ozge said.

Best known for ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof eating Cake’, Hazel Edwards said they wanted Muslim students to read the ‘Hijabi Girl’ book and be reassured that there were characters like them in books.

“All children deserve that reassurance,” said Hazel.

“Also, once you have an understanding of another’s customs, there is no need to fear the unknown,” she said.

Hijabi Girl is now in its fourth reprint and is being read and enjoyed by students of all ages and backgrounds.

“The fan mail has been inspiring,” said Hazel.

Larrikin Puppets hopes to raise $8000 in 90 days to create the show and $20,000 to tour it nationally. They recently received a $4000 anonymous donation which has certainly inspired them to make it to the finish line!

Support is already coming in strongly, but the project is not without its naysayers.

“We thought most objections would come in from loud minorities who actively preach hate and intolerance, but we’ve also received a few objections from otherwise progressive individuals, specifically atheists and feminists, which has baffled me a bit,” said Elissa, herself a feminist.

“However, as a first generation Australian – a child of migrants – and a long-time and public advocate of secular schooling and secular government, I am passionate about this project because I don’t want any child in any Australian school, nor their families in local communities, who follow a particular religion to be discriminated against in schools or society at large,” she said.

“At the moment the religion copping the brunt of hatred and vilification are Muslim Australians.

“Hijabi Girl the book and Hijabi Girl: The Musical Puppet Show is not evangelising a particular religion. It’s not actually that profound and complex. It’s a fun story showing acceptance and kindness to children and people of different faiths.

“It’s not about changing the secular laws of our country nor the secular teachings in our schools. It’s about saying no to hate and yes to kindness.

“Be kind to others who are different to you. Be kind to yourself if you are different from others. Share fun and food, not fear.”

We can’t wait to add puppets, colour and music to the mix,” said Elissa.

Supporters can choose a reward or donate to Hijabi Girl: The Musical Puppet Show.

Larrikin Puppets in Noosaville, Redcliffe and Cooroy

Noosaville, Redcliffe and Cooroy can expect some crazy puppet fun this week when Larrikin Puppets set out to perform at three exciting events!

The first performance is a private event. Brett will be performing a fun childcare centre puppet show for all the children at Noosaville Childcare and Preschool Centre this Wednesday morning (8 May, 2019).

Then on Friday morning (10 May, 2019) it’s time for Redcliffe families to enjoy our puppets! We’re performing at public event – The Redcliffe Teddy Bear’s Picnic being held at Crockatt Park, Woody Point. We’ll be performing a special ocean themed puppet show at this event called “Marina’s Marine Adventure with Larrikin Puppets”. Our puppet show starts at 9:15am. It’s an outdoor festival aimed at under 5s.

Big day on Saturday (11 May, 2019) – We’re performing our puppet show THREE times at the Cooroy Fusion Festival 2019! This is another public event. We had a great time performing at this event last year. We will be situated at the terraced amphitheatre between the Cooroy Library and the Butter Factory Arts Centre. Our puppet shows are at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Bring the family! It’s a big fun filled day of entertainment!

So that’s two shows up Noosa way, and a return to Redcliffe where we’ve performed several times before at events such as the Redcliffe Sails Festival, the R.O.P.E Camp AGM and many birthday parties.

Do come along to see us at the two public festival events – Redcliffe Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Cooroy Fusion Festival – and please take as many photos of the puppets as you like for Facebook and Instagram. We love to look back and see how much fun everyone had at our puppet shows. Sharing is caring!


Larrikin Puppets at Talara Primary College | Currimundi, Sunshine Coast

A big day for Larrikin Puppets this Wednesday the 1st of May, 2019. We are spending all day at Talara Primary College in Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast to run FOUR puppetry performance workshops for the students!

Our puppetry performance workshop is a hands on workshop teaching students the mechanisms of Muppet-style puppetry. This workshop perfectly aligns with the national state school Design and Technologies curriculum. We provide 40 of our professional workshop puppets for students to use in the session. We teach lip sync, eye focus, arm rod manipulation, walking, voices, emotions, singing and dancing. The workshop is 1 hour in total, including a short puppet show at the beginning to show how the puppets look when performed.
If you’d like a puppetry performance workshop at your school, the cost is $500 per workshop. Maximum of 40 students per workshop.

Currimundi is a suburb in the Sunshine Coast Region of Queensland, Australia. It is located within the Caloundra urban centre, 5 kilometres north of the suburb of Caloundra.

We have completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included performances and advanced, formal training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.


Larrikin Puppets at The Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival

The Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival is happening THIS WEEKEND! We’d love to see everyone at Laidley Pioneer Village (Pioneer St, Laidley) and Das Neumann Haus (Cnr William and Patrick St, Laidley) this Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5!

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Our puppet shows will take place on both days of the Lockyer Valley Heritage Festival in both venues. There will be two puppet shows on Saturday May 4 at the Laidley Pioneer Village – 10am and 12pm. And then there will be two puppet shows on Sunday May 5 at Das Neumann Haus – 10am and 12pm. Be sure to bring the whole family along! It’s set to be a massive weekend of fun and history!


School Incursions – Design and Technologies + Book Week

Larrikin Puppets school incursions program includes performances and workshops that are in line with the Design and Technologies curriculum, as well as Book Week celebrations.


Many schools (both public and private) around South East Queensland and Central Queensland have booked Larrikin Puppets to either perform our puppet show – which includes a segment on how the puppets work, or run our puppetry performance workshop – which is a hands on workshop teaching students the mechanisms of Muppet-style puppetry (Design and Technologies curriculum) as well as the wonders of puppetry as a story telling medium (Book Week).


One of our puppet show options for Book Week is Story Time With Larrikin Puppets. Often performed in council libraries, our 30 minute story time puppet show features songs, skits and games plus a special storybook reading and interactive storybook sing-a-long. Story time facilitates adult-child interaction, pre-literacy support and communication development. During this show, our lovely storyteller Elissa is joined by puppet characters for the reading of a book by one of three Australian children’s authors that we’re working with – Hazel Edwards, Glenn Martin and Caroline Stills. We have books that are suitable for Prep to Grade 2 and others for the older students too.


In addition to our exciting puppet shows and intriguing puppetry performance workshops, we have also launched a new sock puppet making craft and performance workshop. There are two versions of this workshop; one for ages 5-8, and a more advanced version for ages 9 and over.


Here’s a 30 second YouTube video showing all the playful fun of our puppet shows. We also recently featured on Network Ten’s Totally Wild.


We find that the puppet show performances are enjoyed mostly by students in Prep and Grades 1 and 2, while the workshops tend to be enjoyed by students of all ages. Our incursions are not restricted to the early primary Design and Technologies curriculum, with many schools booking our workshops for upper primary as well. We also run the same programs for Vacation Care.



Brett’s Blue Card number is 1161011/3, Elissa’s is 690261/3. Larrikin Puppets has Public Liability Insurance through Duck For Cover Entertainers Insurance.
Brett and Elissa have completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included performances and advanced, formal training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy to chat further. We would love to share our colourful and fun puppets with your students.


Larrikin Puppets at Ruby’s 3rd Birthday Party | Greenslopes

3rd Birthday Party puppet shows are quite popular bookings here at Larrikin Puppets, but they’re mostly held on Saturday or Sunday mornings or afternoons. This Monday Troggg and the gang are coming to perform for Ruby and her friends and family in the early evening!

Larrikin Puppets quite often perform night time puppet shows – Over the weekend we performed at the South Indian Festival in the hall at Acacia Ridge State School. We’ve performed in restaurants, bars and other evening festival events after dark. It’s not common for a 3rd birthday party to occur after dark, but it makes for another great option for people whose weekends are too booked up for a birthday party.

So if you’re looking for a puppet show for your 3rd birthday party or any kind of party or event, please feel free to book us for an after school or evening time slot during the week. We’re quite happy to visit your event whenever you like.

Larrikin Puppets at Stella’s 2nd Birthday Party in North Lakes

Brett will be performing a puppet show for Stella’s 2nd Birthday Party on Saturday 16th of March in North Lakes.

If you’re looking for unique 2nd birthday party ideas, you can’t go past a fun and exciting kids party puppet show from Larrikin Puppets!

Brett Hansen and his troupe of friendly and funny puppet characters provide some of the best party entertainment Brisbane has to offer! Heaps of fun for children and parents in and around Brisbane, the Moreton Bay Region, the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan and Gold Coast. See below for full details on how your child’s 2nd birthday party can be made extra special and memorable with puppets!

2nd Birthday Party Puppet Shows:

With plenty of humour for the parents to enjoy too, the puppet show is 30 minutes of age appropriate songs, games, jokes, skits and comical interaction with the audience – performed in the puppetry style of Sesame Street and The Muppets. 

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This is followed by a 5 minute presentation after the show where Brett explains how all the puppets work. Then a 5-10 minute meet-and-greet with Troggg the blue monster – the star of the show. Kids (and parents too!) often like to get photos and selfies with him during this time. The puppet show, the “how the puppets work” demonstration, and the meet-and-greet and photo session all lasts up to 45 minutes in total.

Number of puppeteers: 1

Access to power: Ideal but not required. A small battery powered amp with one microphone input can be used for the 1 puppeteer show if it’s performed in a council park with no access to power.

Venues: This show can be performed in back yards, front yards, garages, lounge rooms, council parks, restaurants, halls, clubs, pubs and play centres.

Party Entertainers, Childrens Entertainer | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Party Entertainment BrisbaneCost: $250.

We charge an initial 50% deposit to secure the booking (in this case it would be $125). This ensures that the agreed date/time is set aside for your event exclusively. Larrikin Puppets will turn away other work wanting the same date and time. And then the remaining 50% ($125) can be paid in cash on the day of the event, or via direct deposit afterwards. More on Payment Methods here:

What's On 4 Kids Awards Best Party Entertainer FinalistLarrikin Puppets was a FINALIST in the ‘Best Party Entertainer’ category at the national What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2017.





Here’s a 3 minute video sample of a Larrikin Puppets birthday party puppet show!

On the day:

Party Entertainers, Childrens Entertainers | Puppet Show, Puppetry Workshops - Party Entertainment BrisbanePuppeteer arrives about 1 hour before the puppet show’s starting time to set up the stage, sound equipment, props and puppets. The show (as described above) is performed for 30 minutes, followed by the 5 minute “how the puppets work” demonstration and the 5-10 minute meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Troggg. The puppeteer then packs up.



  • 30 minute puppet show.
  • 5 minute “How the puppets work” demonstration
  • 5-10 minute puppet meet-and-greet / Photo opportunity with Troggg.
  • Time allowance for travel to and from the event, set-up and pack-down of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
  • Rehearsal time prior to the event

Brett has a current blue card, and is fully insured, professional, and punctual.
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See Spencer Howson’s Bmag article about Brett Hansen and Larrikin Puppets here.

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