- Snuff Puppets
Snuff Puppets is an Australian puppet theatre company that was founded in 1992.
Originating in Canberra as part of
Splinters Theatre of Spectacle, Snuff Puppets moved to a dusty warehouse in the industrial working class suburb of Footscrayin Melbourne, and are now based in the historic "Footscray Drill Hall". Snuff Puppets founding members were Pauline Cady and Simon Terrill and the current Artistic Director, Andy Freer.
The company tour nationally and internationally, with shows on the streets, in circus tents, theatres and at rock concerts.Snuff Puppets combine the elements of puppetry, live music, [ [http://www.abc.net.au/classic/improv/snuffpup.htm Finalists - Snuff Puppet Band ] ] visual and physical theatre. The company refers to its 'roaming acts' as 'interventions' as Snuff Puppets specialize in creating mayhem in the streets, playing with traffic and shoppers.
Subjects that are considered taboo are tackled, with 'a vulgar, irreverent, gratuitously violent and a comic sensibility'. [ [http://www.snuffpuppets.com/home/welcome.html snuff puppets dot com ] ]
Snuff Puppet elements: ‘a blackly dangerous humour, an incisive political satire, shamelessly handmade visual aesthetic; populist, free, joyous conflagration of art, audience and artist.’ [ [http://www.snuffpuppets.com/home/welcome.html snuff puppets dot com ] ]
In the past the company had an interest in direct action on political issues. Over the years this had included appearances in dozens of political rallies and support for
world peace, third world debtrelief and support for asylum seekers.
Snuff Puppets has performed in over 15 countries, including tours of Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, England, Ireland, Western and Eastern Europe.
Local communities have worked with Snuff Puppets in workshops held in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, Indonesia, England and at the
World Social Forumin Brazil.
The troupe has won the 'Spirit of the Fringe' award from Melbourne Fringe and the '
Adelaide Fringe2006 Circus / Physical Theatre Award'.
The Australian Federal and Victorian State Governments support Snuff Puppets with annual Arts Funding. [ [http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/domino/Web_Notes/newmedia.nsf/955cbeae7df9460dca256c8c00152d2b/f11dd7cef758698fca25720b0001240f!OpenDocument Media Release: $5.8 MILLION FOR VICTORIA’S SMALL ARTS ORGANISATIONS ] ]
Works In Rep
*"Snuff Clubb" - Premiered in November 2007
*"Forest In The Night"
*"The Dancing Cow Show"
*"A Cruel Life"
*"Circus Ole" with acobat
*"Nyet Nyet's Picnic" with Australian Indiginious Artists
*"People's Puppet Projects"
*"Roaming - Bunyips" with Australian Indiginious Artists
*"Roaming - Cows"
*"Roaming - The Boom Family"
*"Roaming - Seagulls"
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