A Note From Nick, from Urada, Japan

A first dispatch from Nick Wilson at our Australia House Residency for Echigo-Tsumari:

We are now at the half-way mark of our People’s Puppet Project in Urada and our residency at Australia House, Echigo-Tsumari. One week into the workshop and we have the makings of six giant puppets, a wealth of narrative ideas and imagery, a unique and beautiful mix of sounds and musical ideas, and a diverse and talented team of residents who are getting really excited about their performance next week.

Through discussions with the community we decided on six puppet characters to begin work on: Jisa and Basa (Urada grandparents), Magomusume (their granddaughter, a fashionable Tokyo student), a Kamoshka (the amazing-looking Japanese serow), an Akashobin (the iconic Ruddy Kingfisher), and a Kappa (a troublesome mythical water sprite).

We’ve explored the local environment with our imaginations captured by this climate of such extreme seasons, intrigued by the details of small-town culture in an ageing and dwindling population and moved by the warmth and generosity of residents as we dove head-first into folk-tales and old family homes. Some local stories have been put on as annual school plays here since the old folks were students themselves. The Kappa is shadowing us in silence, our sixth member. Continue Reading →

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Skully on tour Echigo-Tsumari

Skully is on tour in Japan. The Snuffs are running People‘s Puppet Project workshops with residents of Echigo-Tsumari.

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Women’s Circus Annual Fundraiser

Our friends at Women’s Circus are running a fundraising auction with heaps of really cool stuff. You can get a ticket to our upcoming Snuff Skool at our Footscray Drill Hall and support our awesome neighbours.

Founded in 1991, Women’s Circus is Australia’s first women’s-only circus and performance organisation. Over the years, thousands of women have trained, performed, worked and played at Women’s Circus. Their involvement has helped shape the culture, vision and artistic outcomes of this organisation and Women’s Circus has helped create positive and meaningful change for these women and their communities. www.womenscircus.org.au

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Work with us!

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Company Manager to assist the Artistic Director and Executive Producer in the realisation of the company’s annual program. You will be responsible for financial management, maintaining the daily operations of the company, and all administration, marketing, and reporting requirements to funders and partners.

Major responsibilities are:

  •       In conjunction with the Executive Producer, develop and manage annual and project budgets
  •       Sourcing new and alternative funding opportunities and revenue streams
  •       Prepare and manage all funding applications and acquittals for all successful funding, including triennial funding agreements with Arts Victoria and Australia Council
  •       To support and promote the company’s activities and aims within the industry and the general public throughout Australia and internationally.
  •       Coordinate and manage all administrative tasks including bookkeeping and human resources

View the full position description: Company Manager Position Description_2015

Application Details: please email a letter of application, information addressing the key selection criteria and resume in response to the position description to people@snuffpuppets.com (with subject line ‘Company Manager Application’) Closing date: Friday 17 July

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Sheah Sutton appointed Executive Producer

We are very pleased and excited to announce that Sheah Sutton has been appointed Co-CEO and Executive Producer here at Snuff Puppets.

Many of you may know Sheah from her roles as Company Manager and as Acting Executive Producer since May. We are all pleased as punch about her appointment to this role and wish her congratulations.

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