Show of Hands: Improv Puppet Theatre

By Larrikin Puppets

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30-04-2018

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Puppet improv for adults!

'Show of Hands' is an adult comedy variety show coming to Brisbane's Anywhere Theatre Festival in May 2018 that combines short-form improvised theatre scenes with Muppet-style puppetry. This show is not for kids!

Puppets are projected onto a screen, with puppeteers performing on stage below them. Performers will improvise outside of their own body and into the body of a puppet, playing within the space framed by a video camera's lens.

It's a show. Of hands. Our hands up performing puppets. Your hands up offering suggestions.

We have our hands full

To put on Show Of Hands, we need upfont funds to hire chairs, lights and PAs plus buy backdrops and additional tech equipment for some of the tricky video/monitor/projection elements of the show. We want to take puppet improv to the next level! We've got some new, innovative ideas we're keen to feature, with a view to touring the show to national festivals like Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

For the Anywhere Theatre Festival, we need to invest in marketing expenses, such as the printing of posters, flyers, the show’s program, social media boost ads, media releases and print advertising. Otherwise nobody will know the show is on, and nobody will come!

The wonderful supporting venue, Food Connect, is a fresh produce warehouse being converted into a theatre space for this "theatre anywhere but a theatre" festival. We need to pay venue staff to help with our set-up and pack-down for four shows.

More than anything, we want to pay our musician, cast and crew members because culture isn't free. We want to be able to pay people for their talent, time and effort.

Many hands make light work

We're running a crowdfunding campaign to raise as much of this money as possible upfront, so we can run a successful show for everyone to enjoy!

Many hands will be working hard to get all the sets, props, puppets and tech ready for action, but also training the cast in monitor puppetry and improvisational theatre, and working with our musician on the best and most clever ways to score the scenes and accompany the cast during musical numbers.

We'll be working with our venue, Food Connect, on creating a warm and welcoming performance and audience space for the show. Time will be spent on marketing the show, designing the most colourful, eye catching materials for online and print media.

Lend us a hand!

Can you lend us a hand? Yes? Yay! Simply buy one (or more!) of our rewards, many of which are simply presale tickets! Woot! If you're located outside of Brisbane or Australia, there's some rewards for you too! Achieving our goal of raising $3000 will ensure a fun and hilarious show for you - and something truly impressive we can take on tour into the future.

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

Venue:
Food Connect Warehouse
1/8 Textile Cres, Salisbury QLD

Time:
7:00pm door for 7:30pm shows.

In good hands

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

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

Music by:
Ed Ruben.

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 Getmusic 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.


And as if these talented folks involved aren't enough, YOU can become a producer for $1000! Learn more about our perks below and on the right hand column.

Here’s some amazing perks for supporting us

AU $5
“I can’t come to the show but I just want to help independent theatre!”


AU $15
A big puppet thank you on all Larrikin Puppets social media pages (businesses will be tagged).


AU $25
1 ticket to the show. A big puppet thank you on all Larrikin Puppets social media (businesses will be tagged). A thank you on the Larrikin Puppets website. A thank you listing in the show program.


AU $40
2 tickets to the show. A personalised video thank you from Troggg on all Larrikin Puppets social media (businesses will be tagged). A thank you on the Larrikin Puppets website. A thank you listing in the show program.


AU $100
5 tickets to the show. A personalised video thank you from Troggg on all Larrikin Puppets social media (businesses will be tagged). A thank you on the Larrikin Puppets website. A thank you listing in the show program.


AU $250
Your own private party puppet show starring Troggg and friends from Larrikin Puppets. Ideal for kids’ birthday parties (and adult ones too). For South-East Queenslanders only on a mutually agreed date.


AU $400
Your own private hen’s night or buck’s night adult puppet show from Larrikin Puppets. For South-East Queenslanders only on a mutually agreed date.


AU $1000
Producer credit and thank you for all four performances. This would be listed on our show program, website and all social media. For example: Show Of Hands - Presented by Larrikin Puppets, Edge Improv and Your Name.
A live thank you at each of the shows by Troggg.
10 tickets to the show.
Your own private party puppet show starring Troggg and friends from Larrikin Puppets. Ideal for kids’ birthday parties (and adult ones too).
A personalised video thank you from Troggg on all Larrikin Puppets social media (businesses will be tagged). N.B. Puppet show aspect is for South-East Queenslanders only on a mutually agreed date.


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Team Members

Brett Hansen

Elissa Jenkins

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