Snuff Puppet Shows

Snuff Puppets at Open House Melbourne

Snuff Puppets welcome you into their home for Open House Melbourne 2016

Open House Melbourne 2016 Snuff Puppets Studio Image by Theresa Harrison

Snuff Puppets will open the doors of their workshop, which holds in excess of 500 giant Snuff Puppets. Be introduced to some of the giant puppets created and stored in the Drill Hall and hear about the radical, experimental history and philosophy of Footscray’s Snuff Puppets. Brave visitors will be given the chance to get inside some of our giant puppets and practice puppeteering skills under supervision. Vagabond Coffee will be serving delicious hot drinks and baked goods out of their lovingly restored 1976 vintage caravan.

Footscray Drill Hall was built in 1913 to facilitate compulsory military training for men and boys, 12 to 26 years old. Dozens of Footscray locals volunteered at the Drill Hall and these men became E company, one of the first companies sent into battle in WW1. Soon they would find themselves in one of Australia’s bloodiest battles at Gallipoli. Most of the company of 250 did not return and Footscray became a city in mourning. Today the Footscray Drill Hall is an important arts space for the inner west, with two vibrant companies in residence, Snuff Puppets and Women’s Circus.

The Drill Hall, 395 Barkly St, Footscray VIC 3011
Saturday 30 July
Tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm


VagabondBusiness Card Front 75x50 Coffee will be serving delicious hot drinks and baked goods out of their lovingly restored 1976 vintage caravan. On the menu you will find their fine coffee next to some beautiful tea and hot chocolate as well as pastries, cookies, muffins and tasty savoury treats.


Snuff Puppets or taxes? It’s end of financial year!

It’s the end of financial year and you know what that means: we’re asking you to give us your money (instead of to the tax man). We need your help so that we can do what we do best – over the next 18 months we’re creating a new Snuff Puppets work The Garden of Sorrows.

We’ve created our first prototype puppet, a giant Thylacine, which appeared at NGV Australia late last year. Now we need to raise $10,000 for the next stage. With your help we’ll build a whole new world of puppets based on John Hughes and Marco Luccio’s haunting book and illustrations and through an intensive Creative Puppet Lab our artists, puppeteers and puppets will explore their new world together.

Snuff Puppets is a registered charity which means all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

We celebrate creativity as an essential human need.
Every year we work with artists, community groups and people from all walks of life to tell their larger than life stories through giant puppets.
We take risks.
Our artistic program is ambitious and aims to make a profound impact on audiences. It takes a giant investment to create, build and breathe life in to every Snuff Puppet.
We support a team of individual artists and performers.
Snuff Puppets is a place for artists to grow, for ideas to evolve and for ambitious imagination to take flight.
We see things differently. We aim to challenge.
We are always a nuisance – poking fun, rebelling and irreverent. We reflect and challenge power with violent, sexy, vulgar disrespect.
We have new ideas. We collaborate.
We will soon be working on the next stage of creative development of our new work The Garden of Sorrows, collaborating with visual artist Marco Luccio and author John Hughes.
We do a lot on a little.
In 2015 we performed for over 100,000 people around the world and worked intensively with more than 300 community participants.

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Pacific Gods at Federation Square for Light in Winter

This Saturday June 18, the Australia Pacific Arts Network‘s beautiful Pacific Gods will be celebrating the winter solstice along with four brand new puppets for Federation Square’s Light in Winter Festival.

Peau Kula

Limu, the Tongan God of Death is coming. Moana, goddess of the ocean, sends Lofa, the great frigate bird, as a warning. The water rises. Will Limu reign?

A roving puppet performance about global warming presented by Snuff Puppets and Australia Pacific Arts Network at Federation Square.

Light in Winter marks the longest night of the year with a feast of live music, art, performances and food.

Saturday June 18
5pm – 9pm
Federation Square, Melbourne

Images from The Light in Winter at Federation Square 2015.


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