The first of a series of regional artist residencies encouraging participation in the Million Puppet Project – a Guinness World Record event - will occur in the Northwest during the July school holidays.
Supported by Lotterywest and WARIS, the residencies will occur in Exmouth (July 11-15), Onslow (July 18-22) and Karratha (July 25-29), where an artist from the renowned Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will work with local artists and interested members of the community and introduce them to the many ways puppetry can be used for story-telling. In Karratha, the search is on for a local artist to work on the project.
Million Puppet Project Manager, Katherine McLean said that this was an exciting opportunity to engage in a brilliant community project. “Puppetry is a universal language shared by all ages and the heart of this project is skill development and collaboration with the community to share and to tell their stories,” she said. “The residencies will enable communities to access new skills in puppetry development, construction, performance and arts project management.
The first of the residencies is Introduction to Puppetry and will be followed by two other residencies leading to performances within the community and potentially in Perth as part of the Million Puppet Project Carnival Day during Unima 2008 :: 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival in April next year.
An initiative Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, the Million Puppet Project gathers communities from around Australian and all over the world and invites them to join together in creating puppets to be sent to Perth for a gigantic exhibition at the prestigious Perth Concert Hall, culminating in a Guinness World Record attempt on April 6, 2008 for the largest gathering of puppets under one roof.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is one of Australia’s leading puppetry company creating entertaining and inspirational theatre for young people and their families. In 2006, the company celebrated 25 years of creating Australian Puppetry works of excellence that entertain, inform and unleash our imagination.