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Performance dates & times

Wednesday 18 Sep
10:30 AM & 2:00 PM
Thursday 19 Sep
11:00 AM*
Friday 20 Sep
11:00 AM

* Relaxed Performance

Running Time 80 minutes (no interval)

Price range

Per student
$27

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

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

Jam packed with the trademark visual puns of artist Tim Sharp, and featuring live music by Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music, the world of Laser Beak Man is brought to life in puppet form by the creative minds of Dead Puppet Society.

Power City is the most beautiful city in the world, clean, pure – 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. Robbed of his super powers, Laser Beak Man must find a way to stop his oldest nemesis from destroying Power City.

In a story filled with the trademark humor and visual puns that come from his literal interpretation of language, Laser Beak Man is a new visual theatre work by the Dead Puppet Society and Tim Sharp that explodes with colour and energy.

Brought to spectacular life by seven actors, more than 35 original puppets and form-pushing animation along with drone-like flying objects and live music this is a not to be missed experience for students. Laser Beak Man is part puppet show, part pop concert, all heart.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
English Personal and Social
 Technologies  
Victorian Certificate of Education
Drama
Theatre Studies
Music
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

Coming soon!


Cast

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
Reporter
Leigh Sales
Laser Beak Man, Boar
Helen Stephens
Evil Emily
Maren Searle
Vocals/ Guitar/ Piano
Sam Cromack
Drums
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
Composer
Sam Cromack
Designer
Jonathon Oxlade
Projection Designer
Justin Harrison
Sound Designer
Tony Brumpton
Lighting Designer
Jason Glenwright
Puppet Fabricator/ Props Master and Maker
Jennifer Livingstone & Matt Seery
Dramaturg
Louise Gough
Dramaturg
Todd MacDonald
Associate Producer
Judy Sharp
Associate Sound Designer
Imogen Millhouse
Photography
Dylan Evans

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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