Snuff Puppets is Australia’s foremost, experimental giant puppet theatre company. There is nothing else like Snuff Puppets. Founded in 1992, we have established an international reputation for producing idiosyncratic performance that is simultaneously intimate and a wild unleashing of grand spectacle.
Snuff Puppets arrive like a circus, parading through town using outdoor and roaming performances to ambush audiences and entice them into the world of theatre. Our art explores, provokes and inspires progressive cultural change. We are unashamedly hand-made and experimental in a world obsessed with perfection and mass-consumption. Snuff Puppets is proudly anarchic, fiercely fun and all-inclusive.
At the heart of our work are giant, dancing, grotesque puppets and the striking way they are brought to life. Snuff Puppets are truly dedicated to the art form of puppetry. Never just theatre, our work is a fusion of visual art, sculpture, design, pyrotechnics, engineering, sound composition, sound effects, movement, performance art, choreography and extreme sports.
We offer giant puppet roaming acts, community workshops, puppet performance master classes and main-stage shows in indoor and outdoor spaces. Most are suitable for families; we also create works for adult-only audiences.
“The Footscray-based company are a welcome antidote to the sanitised Disney character, celebrating the abject, the scatological and the perverse.” – The Age
Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1992, Snuff Puppets have produced:
- 25 international tours to over 25 countries including Taiwan, Denmark, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, UK, Portugal, Austria, Netherlands, Ireland, Hungary, New Zealand, Chile and India
- 25 national tours across all Australian states
- 800 roaming performances
- 50 People’s Puppet Project workshops for over 2500 participants
- 13 main-stage shows with over 200 performances
- Employed over 200 people as creators and performers, technicians and arts administrators
- Created over 2000 giant puppets
Snuff Puppets is proud to be a part of Arts West, a unique alliance of arts organisations who reflect the exciting, vibrant and diverse arts and culture thriving in Melbourne’s inner west.
Snuff Puppets gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organisations who assist us with bringing our art to fruition.