ARGUS

Media Release:
Old School Meets High Tech 


Cairns, 13th July, 2015 â€“ The old world charm of puppet theatre combines with a modern music score and a touching story of transformation and potential to deliver a strong environmental and recycling message in The Dead Puppet Society’s imaginative Argus, showing at the Centre of Contemporary Arts for two nights only on July 16 and 18.

The central character in this funny and captivating show is made only of hands – the eight hands of the four actors. 

Making use of nothing but household objects and the performers' hands, Argus is a puppet show about a tiny creature who finds himself sent on an unexpected adventure. In a timeless world of colour and whimsy he journeys over vast terrain trying to find a home in a world where he just doesn't fit in.

This quietly touching show, full of playfulness, joy and laughter will expand the imaginations of adults and children alike. 

Local school students have the opportunity to attend a workshop at CoCA on Thursday, July 16, with The Dead Puppet Society, a design company and producer of new puppet-based visual theatre working between Australia and the United States. Places are limited and those interested should contact 4088 1012.

Last year Dead Puppet Society visited Cairns Civic Theatre with the The Harbinger and it is expected this latest work will impress even more.

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.

“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.”

The show is performed to a beautiful pre-recorded music score devised by John Babbage from the critically acclaimed group, Topology. 

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

The Dead Puppet Society has worked in New York, South Africa and Australia, collaborating with companies including The Jim Henson Foundation and Handspring Puppet Company.

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. Tickets may be purchased online at www.artscairns.com.au.

 

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