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By David Morton, Nicholas Paine & Tim Sharp with music by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music)
A La Boite, Dead Puppet Society & 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 (The Wider Earth, Argus, The Harbinger) in a new visual theatre work with offbeat humour and cult classic aspirations.

Age Range: 8+

Auslan Interpreted version: 27th of September 2017

 

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Power City is the most beautiful city in the world, but not by accident. Local hero Laser Beak Man works hard to keep it that way. Drawing energy from the underground crystals that power the city, his beak shoots lasers that turn bad to good. That is until Peter Bartman, evil genius and Laser Beak Man’s estranged childhood friend, steals the crystals. Robbed of his super powers, Laser Beak Man must find a way to stop his oldest nemesis from destroying Power City.

Cast & creatives

  • Director/Co-Designer David Morton
  • Creative Producer Nicholas Paine
  • Original Artwork Tim Sharp
  • Composer Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music)
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
  • Technical Manager Samuel Maher
  • Dramaturgs Louise Gough & Todd MacDonald
  • Projection Designer Justin Harrison
  • Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright

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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.

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Laser Beak Man Official Trailer

28.08.17

Laser Beak Man Chatterbox

Join LOVETV’s Bec Mac for a conversation with David Morton, Nicholas Paine, and Tim & Judy Sharp on Thursday 7 September. A unique opportunity to meet the artists, catch a glimpse of Jonathon Oxlade’s tremendous set design, and gain some insight into the works and worlds of Tim Sharp and Dead Puppet Society. La Boite’s third Chatterbox event for the year will focus on the collaborative relationship between Dead Puppet Society and Tim Sharp, as well as the creative process behind bringing Tim’s incredible paintings to life through puppetry.

WHAT: La Boite Chatterbox #3: Thinking in three
dimensions with Laser Beak Man
WHEN: 7th of September, 6:00 – 7:00PM
WHERE: Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite
PANEL: David Morton, Nicholas Paine, Tim Sharp, facilitated by Bec Mac

30.08.17

Exclusive Song Release – Nobody’s Hero by Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music)

We’re delighted to share with you the first taste of Sam Cromack’s (Ball Park Music) beautifully crafted score with the song ‘Nobody’s Hero’. Sam will be performing live at every show throughout the season alongside bandmates Daniel and Dean Hanson, and musician, Luke Moseley.

25.08.17

Laser Beak Man Teaser 3

A LA BOITE, DEAD PUPPET SOCIETY & 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 (The Wider Earth, Argus, The Harbinger) in a new visual theatre work with offbeat humour and cult classic aspirations.

BY DAVID MORTON, NICHOLAS PAINE & TIM SHARP WITH MUSIC BY SAM CROMACK (BALL PARK MUSIC)
09 – 30 SEP 2017

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24.08.17

Laser Beak Man Rehearsal Photos

Dylan Evans joined the team in the Rehearsal Room last week and captured these beautiful moments. There’s something incredibly life-affirming about this production and the artists working to bring Tim’s characters to the stage so authentically. #LBLaserBeakMan

Click here for the full album. 

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24.08.17

Meet Helen Stephens

Image by Dylan Evans. Helen centre.

About Helen Stephens:
Helen is the Artistic Associate of the Dead Puppet Society (DPS) where she works as a performer, director and facilitator of visual theatre and puppetry workshops. In this capacity she worked as the Puppet Coach for The Wider Earth (Dead Puppet Society & Queensland Theatre) and has travelled throughout remote Queensland devising puppets shows for students of the Mount Isa School of the Air.

Performance credits include: Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s Dare to Share, The Tiger’s Bride (Belinda Locke & QUT), Last Tree in the City (Dead Puppet Society & Artslink QLD), We are all Ghosts (Anywhere Theatre Festival), The Theory of Everything (Metro Arts), Un-natural Selection (Gold Coast Arts Centre Independents), The Nightingale and the Rose (Anywhere Theatre Festival), Sweet Surrender (2high Festival and QUT), The Harbinger (Dead Puppet Society, La Boite Indie), The In and Out People (Out of the Box Festival), Les Misérables (Ignatians Musical Society), Antigone (QUT).

Previously Helen worked as a director and facilitator of performance workshops for young people and has run a variety of theatre programs for Backbone Youth Arts and many of Brisbane’s secondary schools. In 2014 she worked as the Program Coordinator for Queensland Theatre Company’s Theatre Residency Week and coordinated the regional Queensland tour of The Lost Property Rules. Helen has a Bachelor of Creative Industries Drama (QUT 2007). This is her debut at La Boite Theatre Company.

Role/Roles you play in LBM:
Laser Beak Man with Jeremy and also Boar

Personal/Performance Background:
Helen is a Brisbane based actor, director, puppeteer and theatre maker and is currently the Artistic Associate of the Dead Puppet Society.

For DPS Helen has performed in Last Tree in the City (DPS & Artslink QLD) which toured to schools all across Queensland & also an early version of The Harbinger. She worked as Puppet Coach on The Wider Earth & has facilitated the education program for DPS for the last four years. This year Helen worked as puppet director on The Lion The Witch & the Wardrobe presented by Kings Christian College and also facilitated the first DPS Academy which saw 10 young professionals through a training, designing & performance program resulting in an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Helen has travelled nationally and through outback Queensland delivering workshops and creating puppet shows with young people from Prep to year six.

Helen has written and performed in her own work and trained in many different theatre practices. This year she worked as an apprentice with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and has performed in work such as The Tiger’s Bride (Belinda Lock, QUT), Last Tree in the City (DPS), We Are All Ghosts (Anywhere theatre Festival), The Theory of Everything (Metro Arts), The Nightingale & The Rose (Anywhere Theatre Festival) her one woman show Sweet Surrender (2High Festival), Unnatural Selection (Arts Centre Gold Coast), The Harbinger (DPS), Antigone (QUT) & Les Miserables (Ignations).

Helen grew up in country Queensland where she spent many an afternoon singing to the cows and dreaming up stories with her Dad and is thrilled to now be a part of the Brisbane theatre scene. Laser Beak Man is Helen’s debut performance with La Boite.

Provide three interesting facts about yourself:

1 I love to play dress ups, except it’s my constant state of being. Character, colour and fun is all I have in my wardrobe.

2 I have the loudest laugh in the room

3 Challenge me to a game of Jungle Speed and I will take you down!

What’s been the performance highlight of your career to date?
Standing on a rocking chair, singing my heart out and telling the story of my life & family in my one woman show.

Were you involved in Laser Beak Man’s workshops/development?
If so, in what capacity?

What’s your favourite line from the show?
At the moment it’s “Who the hell is Crystal??”, as well as “Glitter and Ponies and Rainbows. Oh My!  And also any time the Black Sheep says “thriller driller” but also any time the Black Sheep says anything. He’s a really great little guy.

What’s been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process to date?
The laughing, all of the laughing that happens at any second and at any time. The script, the characters, the people are all so wonderful it’s such a joy to be in the rehearsal room together every day. On top of that however was the day we got to choreograph the amazing things that Amazing Grace can do.

Describe Sam Cromack’s original score for the show:
Every day I wake up with his music in my head, as if it’s been the soundtrack to my dreams each night. It speaks of everything, of hope, sorrow, joy, purpose, the times when we are confident and on top of the world and the other times when it feel’s like it’s the world that is standing in our way.

What can audiences expect from the show?
Audiences can expect a feast for the senses. They will be WOWED by everything, the show is a wild, wonderful, wickedly joyful ride with so much heart and soul. You can expect to laugh and cry and think and discover a world that is wacky and bright and all puns are welcome!! Black sheep too!

Any advice for aspiring young artists/theatre-makers?
Find out who/what you love and why, and then be able to talk about it. Train yourself, test yourself, learn and listen. Find a mentor and ask them about everything, then enjoy being a part of something greater than yourself.

 

24.08.17

Meet Jon Riddleberger

Image by Maren Searle.

About Jon Riddleberger 

Jon Riddleberger is a NYC based actor, puppeteer, and teacher. He has performed around the world as a puppeteer and is an artistic associate of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble in NYC. He met Dead Puppet Society in a serendipitous run in while visiting the Reef in Cairns, and has loved working with them since. Jon has been a puppeteer with companies such as Handspring Puppet Company, Mettawee River Theatre Company, Our Voices, InkFish Productions and toured with the shadow show “Feathers Of Fire” and the North American and Japanese tour of “War Horse”. For more check out:  www.jonriddleberger.com

Five minutes with Jon

Role/Roles you play in LBM:
The Black Sheep and Ram. Basically anything woolen.

Tell us about your performance background:
I’m a New York based actor, puppeteer and teacher. I’m a member of the New York based theater company Theater Reconstruction Ensemble. My various endeavors have taken me far and wide: from the mountains of Montana with The Montana Artist’s Refuge to The Little Angel Puppet Theater in London to tiny tin huts in El Salvador with Artists for the 23rd Century to The Theater Orb in Tokyo.

I toured with the North American and Japanese tour of The National Theater of London’s “War Horse”.  In New York I have performed at HERE Arts Center, LaMaMa, Dixon Place, Columbia University, The Lark, Manhattan Rep, and other venues. Regional credits include: “Shipwrecked!” (Actors Theatre of Louisville), “Brink!” (Humana Festival), “Measure for Measure” (The Rudyard Kipling), “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Tartuffe” with the Next Stage Ensemble (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) and “Apparition” by Anne Washburn and directed by Lila Neugebauer.

I received my BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing.

Is this your first visit to Australia?
No. I visited Cairns and Sydney three years ago and serendipitously met David and Nicholas while here!

Provide three interesting facts about yourself:

1 My favorite animals are Octopus and Orangutans

2 I was a bed wetter until I was twelve

3 Someday I’ll have a Great Dane named Marjorie

What’s been the performance highlight of your career to date?
I got to tour for two and a half years with the North American and Japanese tour of “War Horse”

Were you involved in Laser Beak Man’s workshops/development?
If so, in what capacity? I was a part of three workshops in NYC including one with all our Australian cast mates.

What’s your favourite line from the show?
I just plain like the team. It’s a real joy being in the room with everyone. The whole process feels so smooth and there are plenty of jokes to go around.

What’s been your favourite moment of the rehearsal process to date?
When the Black Sheep tells Laser Beak Man “you’re a really good friend”

Describe Sam Cromack’s original score for the show:
Sam’s score is like a melancholy Beatles’ album full of fun metaphors and sweet melodies!

What can audiences expect from the show?
They can expect big fun colors, silly characters, lots of action, and puppets and puppets and puppets.

Any advice for aspiring young artists/theatre-makers?
Always make sure you know why you’re pursuing this craft. I think it’s easy to lose track of your reasons. Those reasons can change but if you aren’t connected to them at all times the trials of having a life in the arts can become incredibly overwhelming.

What are your top three bucket list items while visiting Australia?

1 Learn to like vegemite

2 Nail an Australian accent

3 Pet a wombat

 

24.08.17

Laser Beak Man Teaser 2

A LA BOITE, DEAD PUPPET SOCIETY & BRISBANE FESTIVAL PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH POWERARTS

BY DAVID MORTON, NICHOLAS PAINE & TIM SHARP WITH MUSIC BY SAM CROMACK (BALL PARK MUSIC)
09 – 30 SEP 2017

 

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08.08.17

Laser Beak Man Teaser 1

A LA BOITE, DEAD PUPPET SOCIETY & BRISBANE FESTIVAL PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH POWERARTS

BY DAVID MORTON, NICHOLAS PAINE & TIM SHARP WITH MUSIC BY SAM CROMACK (BALL PARK MUSIC)
09 – 30 SEP 2017

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 (The Wider Earth, Argus, The Harbinger) in a new visual theatre work with offbeat humour and cult classic aspirations.

Video by optikal bloc

12.07.17