Media Release:

Cairns, 6th July, 2015 – The Dead Puppet Society will take local audiences on an imaginative and heartwarming journey set amidst a whimsical wonderland next week when “Argus” takes the stage at Cairns’ Centre of Contemporary Arts.

The central character in this captivating and funny production is not so much a physical puppet but a clever device created by the eight hands of four actors working in tandem. In addition to the actors’ hands, the show makes use of nothing but household objects as the story unfolds in an energetic puppet show about a tiny creature who lives at the bottom of a garden and finds himself sent on an unexpected adventure across a vast world where he just doesn’t fit in.

The show explores transformation and potential through an innovative form of puppetry performed to a beautiful, prerecorded music score devised by John Babbage from the critically acclaimed group, Topology. Argus is directed and designed by David Morton and the team at Dead Puppet Society, a design company and producer of new puppet-based visual theatre working between Australia and the United States.

Last year they visited Cairns Civic Theatre with the sell out performance - The Harbinger and it is expected this latest work will impress even more.

“In Argus, the entire world is built from found objects and readily available materials that are given a new lease of life in the creation of symbolic, poetic environments – it's a whimsical wonderland where table tops grow grass and water bottles become the depths of the ocean,” Mr Morton said.

“Uniting an old world aesthetic with cutting edge technical elements, the company conjures immersive worlds where the mythic sits alongside the macabre and the old school meets the technological.”

Dead Puppet Society Creative Producer Nicholas Paine said every puppet that is built from materials has some limitations – either they are too heavy, too weak, too flexible, or not flexible enough.

"With Argus we wanted to try to make a show with a central character who was not bound by these same constraints, so we ended up with a character made from the only ingredient that a puppet must have - someone to bring it to life," Mr Paine said.

While Argus is built around narrative themes of family, community and personal journeys it carries a strong environmental and recycling message.

“Based loosely around elements and characteristics from ancient mythologies, Argus transports its audience into a timeless world of colour, magic and eccentricity,” Mr Morton said.

“The central character, made only of hands, is incredibly versatile as he has no fixed form and can be summoned, transformed and dismissed at will simply through the movements of the performers' bodies. All of this is set on a giant rotating tabletop allowing the entire world to literally move beneath the characters' feet.”

Limited spaces are available for local students at a two-hour workshop with the Dead Puppet Society on Thursday, July 16 at 11am. Please enquire at CoCA on 40881012.


Don’t miss this magical 50-minute puppet show at CoCA on Thursday, July 16, at 6.30pm and Saturday, July 18, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost $24, concession $19, Children (15 & Under) $14, Family Pass (Two Adults + Two Children under 15) $60 (Saving of $16), Student Groups: $12 per student for groups of 10+, 1 complimentary teacher/guardian ticket for every 10 students booked.

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