Kristine is turning 80! So we’re performing a very special puppet show for her and the whole clan at a private function at The Gardens Club near QUT Gardens Point in Brisbane CBD.
Having an 80th birthday or any other kind of birthday or special occasion? We perform in clubs, pubs, restaurants, halls and more.
Your 80th birthday function could be for adults only, or it could be for the whole family. When we perform puppet shows at events like this we like to incorporate a few jokes and references specifically about the person celebrating their birthday or anniversary or any kind of event.
One of the earliest puppet shows Brett Hansen performed was for his brother Dale’s birthday party. He made a puppet stage out of an old fridge box, curtains out of streamers, and a collection of puppet characters – Duck, Hippopotamus, Pig and Little Bird performed for the crowd.
Many years later, the first puppet show performed under the Larrikin Puppets business was for the birthday party of Jacob in Bardon. One of the parents at that show subsequently booked Larrikin Puppets for her children’s birthday party in Paddington. Almost every other birthday party puppet show since has been booked via the booking enquiry form here on the Larrikin Puppets website.
Here’s what a few folks around South Bank Parklands thought about puppets when Troggg interviewed them way back in 2013:
You would be surprised how many kids named Charlie (boys and girls) have had birthday parties since this video of a Larrikin Puppets birthday show came out. Quite a few!
Larrikin Puppets had another busy and fulfilling year. Having celebrated five years in business at the end of 2017, we felt it was time to invest in slick new professional photos and a promo video to showcase our exciting, colourful and fun puppetry to serious clients looking for something different and memorable.
Elissa got much more involved in the puppet shows with her characters Flossy and Marina making a big impact on audiences, as well as her role as a human presenter in some segments and a story teller.
2018 saw Larrikin Puppets making a total of 135 presentations (puppet shows and/or workshops). That’s 135 sets of puppet show audiences or puppetry workshop participants smiling and laughing at the zany antics of Troggg, Frizzby, Marina, Flossy and all of their friends. With an average of 40-50 people per session, that’s a lot of smiles and laughter! Here are the specifics of where all of this puppet fun took place in 2018:
– We performed 1 free charity puppet show at the Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane for The Starlight Foundation, who help improve the lives of seriously ill children.
– 5 performances took place at corporate functions around Brisbane and Northern NSW. One of these was a pre-movie adults only puppet show at the Brisbane premiere screening of The Jim Henson Company’s “The Happytime Murders”. Another was a Christmas In July dinner at a packed restaurant. We also performed for the staff and families of international corporation Ernst & Young – one of the world’s “big 4” accountancy firms.
– We ran our two day intensive “Island Puppetry Workshop” again on Bribie Island, and we had an even bigger class than last year – again consisting of participants from interstate (Sydney, Canberra), Central Queensland and Brisbane. We also ran some puppetry workshops for Shoebox Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Avenue Q” in Toowoomba. This made the local Channel 7 news!
– We performed 5 theatre stage shows this year, including “Show Of Hands” – our improv comedy stage show featuring TV monitor puppetry as part of the 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival.
– 11 puppet shows took place in retail outlets; 1 Bunnings hardware store in Maryborough and 10 shopping centre shows taking place in Gracemere (Rockhampton) and Toowoomba during school holidays.
– 14 presentations took place at libraries around Central Queensland and the Sunshine Coast. This included a couple of school holiday puppetry workshops and the launch of “Story Time with Larrikin Puppets”. Our story time puppet shows feature a story book from one of four Australian Children’s authors and were presented in libraries this year as part of Queensland’s First 5 Forever initiative.
– 17 birthday party puppet shows took place all over South East Queensland. As always these shows were performed in back yards, living rooms, garages and council parks. Most were performed by myself, but Elissa joined me to perform at a few of the parties for older kids.
– We performed 23 puppet shows at public community fetes and festivals all over South East Queensland and Central Queensland. Some festivals had us in our own section of the event with performances throughout the day. Other festivals had us as a main stage act striking on and off stage between other performers. One event in particular was the Horizon Festival where we got to perform alongside several other puppeteers, including Spare Parts Puppet Theatre from Western Australia.
– 24 school performances/workshops took place around Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Region, Boyne Valley and Banana Shire, plus a special visit to the “Australian International School Hong Kong” in Kowloon, Hong Kong while we were over there visiting family. Our puppet character Frazzamatazz made the trip to entertain our two young nieces, so a couple of puppet presentations were arranged at the school they attend.
– There were additional visits to schools for 9 Vacation Care/OSHC presentations. For some it was a puppet show, for others it was a puppetry workshop, and on some visits it was both, or several presentations throughout the day.
I am always very grateful for any opportunity to perform puppetry on television or film, as these opportunities are very rare in Australia. This year our puppets were seen nationally on popular children’s infotainment TV show “Totally Wild”, currently celebrating 25 years on air:
A children’s fantasy-drama TV series I did some puppetry work on in late 2017 – “The Bureau of Magical Things” (by Jonathan M. Shift Productions) premiered on Australian television this year, and soon after started screening on Nickelodeon in the USA and the UK, with translated/dubbed versions premiering in many other countries. I performed a magical pogo stick:
For professional development (and fun!) we attended several events as part of “The Jim Henson Retrospectacle” in Wellington, New Zealand. Characters from The Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock came together to celebrate their innovative creator (and my inspiration) Jim Henson (1936-1990) with comedian/musician Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords member and composer of songs from the 2011 and 2014 Muppet films) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Having met quite a few Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street in the USA a few years ago, we had the great pleasure of meeting some more inspirational American Henson performers at this event – Karen Prell (Red Fraggle), Matt Vogel (Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, The Count), Peter Linz (Ernie, Walter, Herry Monster), Carmen Osbahr (Rosita) and New Zealand puppeteer Jeremy Dillon (The Moe Show).
Frazzamatazz and Brett Hansen with Muppeteer Karen Prell (Red Fraggle from Fraggle Rock).
Brett Hansen and Muppeteer Matt Vogel (Kermit the Frog, Lew Zealand and Floyd Pepper on The Muppets, Big Bird and The Count on Sesame Street).
Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins with Muppeteer Peter Linz (Ernie and Herry Monster from Sesame Street, Walter from The Muppets).
Elissa Jenkins and Brett Hansen with Muppeteer Carmen Osbahr (Rosita from Sesame Street).
Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins with New Zealand puppeteer Jeremy Dillon (The Moe Show).
Larrikin Puppets continues to flourish. We went on a few regional tours this year, and even upgraded to a larger vehicle! We could no longer fit everything into a small car, so now we use a van. We achieved our goal to perform more shopping centre and library shows, and continued working towards some of our much larger goals. Arts grant applications were submitted (and sadly rejected), songs and scripts were written, Skype meetings and email exchanges took place with musicians, authors and other artists we’d like to collaborate with, and new characters were introduced – including Scrambles (a nervous little red monster) and The New Baby (a cute little newborn who interrupts the show to be soothed to sleep through song and given a name by the audience).
It’s hard to know what 2019 may bring. We will continue to work towards achieving some of our really big dreams, and also see if we can reach a total of 200 performances. We won’t be taking any overseas trips in 2019 (unless we’re booked to bring our show to Singapore or the UAE like many of our peers in the children’s entertainment scene) so it means more time available to perform more shows.
Our final event for 2018 is the Ipswich New Year’s Eve celebration. This was supposed to happen last year but the event was cancelled due to a large storm. Troggg is again booked to perform MC duties on stage all evening as he introduces bands, magic acts, costumed character shows and fireworks, as well as the performance of our puppet show.
Merry Christmas and thank you for all of your support. It’s been another great year!
Our very own Troggg is the event MC at this year’s Ipswich City Council New Year’s Eve celebration! Join us from 5pm for a great line up of entertainment on stage! Larrikin Puppets (puppet show), PAW Patrol (character show), Shimmer and Shine (character show), Joel Fenton (magic show), Lure (Top 40 band) and a big FIREWORKS FINALE!
Dec 31st @ Alan Cumming Park, Oval B (Len Johnson Oval) – 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich Reserve.
Larrikin Puppets will run three puppetry performance workshops at FUNdurba Kids Club (OSHC), which is the vacation care program run at Undurba State School in Murrumba Downs.
We’ve started taking Vacation Care / OSHC bookings for 2019.
We perform our puppet shows and run our puppetry workshops at vacation care and OSHC all over Queensland. In addition to FUNdurba Kids Club OSHC at Undurba State School, we’ve also visited Gumnut House OSHC at Greenbank State School, Grand Avenue State School OSHC in Forest Lake, Redbank Plains State School OSHC, Wavell Heights Centacare OSHC at Our Lady of the Angels School, Centacare St Francis Xavier OSHC in Goodna, Middle Park State School OSHC, Centacare St Ita’s OSHC in Dutton Park, St. Peter’s Rochedale OSHC, Wynnum Family Daycare, PCYC Pallara School Age Care at Pallara State School, St John’s Anglican College ABCC in Forest Lake, YMCA of Brisbane in Bowen Hills, Little Genesis Outside School Hours Care in Bray Park, PCYC Vacation Care at Norfolk Village State School in Ormeau, PCYC Vacation Care in Beenleigh, Mother Teresa School Age Care in Ormeau, Forest Lake State School Outside School Hours Care and The Lakes College in North Lakes.
Book us for your school OSHC, PCYC or YMCA Vacation Care today!
Larrikin Puppets perform a puppet show for schools and vacation care that can be both educational and very entertaining for students and teachers alike!
Puppeteers Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins and their funny characters provide top quality entertainment and fun for OSHC in and around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
See below for full details on how you can treat the students to a special session of puppetry at school!
We offer two types of sessions for Vacation Care. The younger students in Prep and Grade 1 enjoy the puppet show, while the older students from Grade 2 onwards tend to prefer our hands-on (or hands-in) puppetry performance workshop. Here are details about both:
Option 1 – Puppet Show:
Our puppet show is a colourful and fun 30 minute variety show of songs, skits, jokes and games. The style of puppetry is like The Muppets and Sesame Street. It’s all interactive and live (rather than pre-recorded). Kids are encouraged to sing, dance and play along.
The show is followed by an additional 5 minute presentation where we demonstrate to the audience how all the different puppets in our show work. Then there’s a bit of a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity where the kids can then get their photo taken with “Troggg” the friendly blue monster and his little sister “Marina”. These shows can be performed either in the school hall, in a classroom or in the library.
Total Duration: 45 minutes.
30 minute puppet show of songs, games, jokes and comical interaction with the audience.
Time allowance for travel to and from, set-up and pack-up of the puppet stage, props, puppets and sound equipment.
Rehearsal time prior to the event.
Option 2 – Puppetry Performance Workshop:
We also offer a 1 hour workshop where Elissa and Brett teach Muppet-style puppetry performance for beginners. We don’t teach the building/craft side. Just the performance side. We bring along 40 workshop puppets for students to practice with in the class. We teach lip sync, eye focus, walking, arm movement, character voices, etc. Puppetry is great for building confidence, improving communication and making people laugh. Students get an opportunity to come up on stage and demonstrate what they’ve learnt in the class.
The workshops usually begin with a short puppet show to demonstrate how the puppets look when performed.
Total Workshop Duration: 1 hour.
Workshop Cost: $500.
Brett and Elissa have current blue cards, are fully insured, professional, and punctual.
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Brett Hansen and his gaggle of zany Larrikin Puppets characters will perform a Christmas puppet show for the kids and families at Goodstart Early Learning Carina!
We enjoy visiting Goodstart Early Learning Centres around South East Queensland. Highlights for us have included Goodstart Early Learning Moreton Downs, Currumbin, Morningside, Fortitude Valley and Beenleigh. As we are based on Bribie Island, we look forward to one day performing at our local Goodstart Early Learning Centres – Banksia Beach and Bongaree.
Most of the puppet shows we perform are at childcare centres, and we love them. We perform our general childcare variety puppet show, but we also perform a storytime puppet show, and various themed shows on subjects like the environment, healthy eating, kindness and empathy.
We’re performing our puppet show at a corporate Christmas party for Ernst & Young Australia (EY) – a multinational professional services firm, and one of the world’s “Big Four” accounting firms.
You can book Larrikin Puppets for your corporate Christmas party or for any corporate entertainment all year round!
Larrikin Puppets provide fantastic corporate Christmas and non-Christmas entertainment around South East Queensland, and interstate, with an exciting corporate puppet show.
In most cases our corporate Christmas performances are fun for the whole family, as staff bring the kids along for a family friendly event.
For regular non-Christmas corporate events we also specialise in tailoring the show to incorporate specific references to your staff, funny stories and in-jokes provided in a brief by the person booking the show. Apart from our “family friendly” shows, we can also perform a more risqué and cheeky “adults only” corporate puppet show for staff parties and dinners. The puppet show is 30 minutes of songs, games, jokes, skits and comical interaction with the audience – performed in the puppetry style of Sesame Street and The Muppets.
This is followed by a 5 minute demonstration on how the puppets work – which is always hilarious for the audience because we choose volunteers to come up and co-perform a couple of our characters! We then have a 5-10 minute meet-and-greet and photos with the puppets.
Some of our other corporate clients have included Mainfreight Australia, Centacare Brisbane, Opera Australia and Queensland Police Legacy Scheme. We also performed a corporate Christmas in July party at The Nook Cafe (Hastings Point) for TriCare – Hastings Point Retirement Community.
In April 2017, Larrikin Puppets had the great honour and privilege to perform a corporate puppet show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) – for the cast and company of Opera Australia’s “My Fair Lady”, directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Great talent such as Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey), Anna O’Byrne, Reg Livermore, Robyn Nevin, Mark Vincent, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Deidre Rubenstein, Josh Gates and Don Winsor were among the members of our very special audience. You can read more about this event here.
30 minute puppet show performed by two puppeteers (Brett and Elissa).
Troggg and his furry friends from Larrikin Puppets are delighted to be performing their puppet show at Crick’s Family Daycare in Burpengary East. This will be the second time Larrikin Puppets has performed at Crick’s Family Daycare. The first time was a solo puppet show in 2017 starring Brett Hansen with his gaggle of zany puppets. In 2018, Elissa Jenkins joins Brett for a bigger and more interactive Christmas puppet show for all the children and families at Crick’s Family Daycare to enjoy!
Brett Hansen and Elissa Jenkins, along with their troupe of friendly and funny puppet characters provide top quality entertainment and fun for child care centres / family daycare centres in and around Brisbane, Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. We also service Central Queensland – places like Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton and the Banana Shire. See below for full details on how you can create a special and memorable day of puppets at your childcare or daycare centre!
Today’s Christmas puppet show is at Sunkids Children’s Centre – Calamvale Central. Brett and his zany characters look forward to sharing some Christmas cheer with everybody there!
We always love coming back to Sunkids Children’s Centres around South East Queensland. We’ve also performed at Sunkids Ormiston, Eight Mile Plains and Burleigh Waters. They’re always very enjoyable childcare centres to perform at with wonderful audiences.
We’re performing a Christmas puppet show at Sunkids Children’s Centre – Eight Mile Plains. We’re looking forward to sharing our puppets with everybody there!
We always love coming back to Sunkids Children’s Centres around South East Queensland. We have another puppet show coming up at Sunkids Calamvale Central. We’ve also performed at Sunkids Ormiston and Burleigh Waters. Always fun childcare centres to perform at with great teachers and wonderful kids in the audience.