People’s Puppet Projects

Producer: Snuff Puppets
Writer: Community members
Directed By: Nick Wilson

Puppets for the People

Synopsis

Snuff Puppets has produced and facilitated People’s Puppet Projects globally for 30 years, enabling community members to tell / create cultural stories through giant puppet performance in local public spaces. We are known for our street theatre, spectacle, and community engagement / community cultural development practices. People\’s Puppet Projects are a community storytelling, puppet making, music and performance making workshop series, which can be delivered intensively over a couple of weeks, or spaced out over a number of weeks. We value community-driven processes, focused on participation.

“Nobody who witnessed the group’s major performance could see it as anything but a raging success.” (PPP Echigo-Tsumari, Japan – 2015) John Mcdonald, The Sydney Morning Herald

Short Reviews

Nobody who witnessed the group’s major performance could see it as anything but a raging success. These are the sort of outcomes that have to be experienced first-hand. To a bureaucrat deciding where funds should be allocated it may not seem especially vital that Australia gets an ecstatic reception in a remote part of Japan. Yet such grassroots involvements are probably more rewarding than glamorous events such as the Venice Biennale.
The Age

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 2 hours hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hour hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

Giant puppet performance is presented in daylight within a street theatre context, or with standard outdoor event lighting for night contexts. Theatre lighting is bespoke designed for indoor spaces, and is fine with a general wash.

Audio

TBA

Staging

Giant puppets are versatile for performance spaces, and have no set designed unless the community decides and creates set and props during the workshop. Staging is versatile as many giant puppets roam for street theatre. Staging for indoor performance is decided by the community with the Director, Nick Wilson.

Crew Notes

Giant puppets in outdoor settings require a green room space, access to drinking water and bathrooms, and monitoring of extreme hot weather conditions.

Transport Notes

We are able to drive to locations with our own car, taking puppet making materials with us. For transport of puppets once they are created, depending on the puppet style, we generally require a 3-tonne truck.  Some puppets that are inflatable can travel in standard vehicles.

Audience & Marketing Notes

The audience for Peoples Puppet Projects performance outcomes are the local community of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
• Children, young people and families are delighted by roaming giant puppets suitable for all ages.
• A giant puppet spectacle in the street is viewable from many angles and places, making it more accessible than in certain venues
• The nature of giant puppets being non-verbal attracts audience with English as a second language / cultural communities.

Selling Points

  • Giant puppet workshops bring communities together, foster community creativity and create safe spaces for cultural and community storytelling
  • The street parade or desired presentation provides pure joy and fun for all ages
  • The People’s Puppet Project increases cultural pride, community resilience and connection, and positive mental health
  • The community owns the puppets, and Snuff Puppets can assist with any future presentations, repair / maintenance of the puppets if required / desired.
  • The workshops are a safe space where there is always a way to contribute, with Inter-generational sharing.

Community Engagement

  • Puppet creating workshops for communities and groups
  • Performance experience for community members

Details

Contact

Sarah

Houbolt

0434068120

Audience

Venue Format

Presentations have impact as street performance, however they can be presented in most spaces, including proscenium arch, black box, In the round, Thrust, Outdoor, Installation, Residency, Flat floor, Hall

Duration

20 - 45 minutes Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/10/2024

31/12/2100

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

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