Help disadvantaged young people find their voice

Performance dates & times

Wednesday 18 Sep
10:30 AM
Thursday 19 Sep
11:00 AM*
Friday 20 Sep
11:00 AM

* Relaxed Performance

Running Time 85 minutes (no interval)

Price range

Per student

One teacher for every 10 students will be admitted free of charge.

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

SUITABILITY: Years 5 – 12

Part puppet show, part pop concert, and all heart!

Exploding with the offbeat humour and wit of award-winning artist Tim Sharp, enter the hyper coloured world of Laser Beak Man.

Jam-packed with a kaleidoscopic cast of characters, this ingenious adaptation is coming to Melbourne. See the cult-classic artwork come to life with full-stage animations and over 35 original puppets by Dead Puppet Society. Featuring an infectious live soundtrack by Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack.

Power City is the most beautiful city in the world, clean, pure and perfect; but not by accident. Local hero Laser Beak Man works hard to keep it that way. Drawing energy from the underground Magna Crystals that power the City, his beak has the ability to shoot lasers that turn bad to good. That is until Peter Bartman, evil genius and Laser Beak Man’s estranged childhood friend, steals the Magna Crystals, robbing our colourful superhero of his powers.

Can Laser Beak Man stop his oldest nemesis from destroying the city? Find out when this Helpmann award nominated production bursts onto the stage this September.

This event is co-presented by the Australian Music Vault, demonstrating Art Centre Melbourne’s commitment to supporting, sharing and celebrating Australian music stories. To delve deeper into the indie-pop soundtrack of Laser Beak Man written and performed by Sam Cromack of Ball Bark Music, head to the Australian Music Vault Liner Notes series.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
English Personal and Social
Victorian Certificate of Education
Theatre Studies
Music Industry
Creative and Digital Media
Visual Communication Design
Extended Investigation

Themes and Ideas

  • Individuality
  • Courage
  • Equality
  • Loyalty
  • Friendship
  • Hope
  • Hero's Journey
  • Identity
  • Puppetry and Object Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Contemporary Music

Teaching Resources

Laser Beak Man Educational Resources


Peter Bartman
Nathaniel P. Claridad
Amazing Grace, Barbie
Ellen Bailey
Laser Beak Man
Drew Wilson
Black Sheep, Ram, Tomato Man
Jon Riddleberger
Mayor, Chicken
Betsy Rosen
Leigh Sales
Laser Beak Man, Boar
Helen Stephens
Evil Emily
Maren Searle
Vocals/ Guitar/ Piano
Sam Cromack
Daniel Hanson
Guitar/ Bass/ Vocals
Dean Hanson
Keyboard/ Bass/ Vocals
Luke Moseley

Creative Team

Writer/ Director/ Designer
David Morton
Writer/ Creative Producer
Nicholas Paine
Writer/ Original Artwork
Tim Sharp
Sam Cromack
Jonathon Oxlade
Projection Designer
Justin Harrison
Sound Designer
Tony Brumpton
Lighting Designer
Jason Glenwright
Puppet Fabricator/ Props Master and Maker
Jennifer Livingstone & Matt Seery
Louise Gough
Todd MacDonald
Associate Producer
Judy Sharp
Associate Sound Designer
Imogen Millhouse
Dylan Evans

A Dead Puppet Society, La Boite and Brisbane Festival production in association with PowerArts 

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. Developed as part of New Victory LabWorks at The New Victory Theater in New York City. Originally Commissioned by Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. This project is supported by Creative Sparks, a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Funding support for this project has been provided by The Jim Henson Foundation.

  • Dead Puppet society
  • AMV
  • Brisbane Festival
  • Australia Council For The Arts
  • PowerArts Logo
  • Catalyst
  • Casula Powerhouse
  • QPAC
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Jim Henson Foundation
  • New Victory Theater
  • La Boite
  • Sydney Opera House

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