Artists

Mitch Jones

Mitch Jones

Professional Unusualist

Mitch Jones aka Captain Ruin, is a professional unusualist dedicated to realising the strange and the wonderful. He joined Snuff Puppets in 2010, and has since enjoyed performing as a Body Part, a Bunyip, a Seagull and many other eccentric creatures across Australia and internationally (Taiwan, NZ). He took part in the development and performance of Snuff Party (2010, 2011) and Everybody (2012). You can find more information about Mitch’s personal projects, which include anarchic promenade theatre, sideshow, circus and immersive carnival installations at www.captainruin.com

Aidan Min

Aidan Min

Aidan is an artist and performer who is close to finishing a degree in Communication Design at Swinburne University at the end of 2014. He has been involved with Snuff Puppets as a performer and builder since April2012. He is also involved with the ‘Real Hot Bitches’ 80s Dance Troupe in Melbourne.

SHOWS: Everybody, Wedhus Gembel
ROAMING: Human Body Parts, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, Bunyips, Cows

Daniele Poidomani

Daniele Poidomani

One night, after a beer, Andy set up to paint a crazy 14mt long rolling backdrop. I offered him a hand, we started late at night and stopped two days later! It was 1998, I’d just arrived in Australia and Snuff Puppets gave me the chance to build [myself] a family. That was the Boom Family and it came with a full herd of 6 Cows a Bull and 2 calves.

Alongside my main role as designer, builder and giant puppet performer I contribute to the company also as roaming shows’ director, PPP’s artistic director, production manager and tour manager. Building new puppets and progressively developing designs and techniques with Andy for the past 15 years I was also member of the original team that developed the People’s Puppet Projects format making Snuff’s performance style and giant puppets spawn around the globe.

Main puppets designed, co-designed and built:
Boom Family, The Cows, Kareem the Elephant, The Snail, The Seagulls, Bungee Bungee, Yaroma, The Hand and Human Body Parts
SHOWS: Forest in The Night, Scarey, Circus Ole, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, Skulls, Cows, Butcher, Boom Family, Seagulls, Bunyips, Snail, Kareem, Snuff Clubb
WORKSHOPS: Taipei, Yilan, HiSeoul, Thailand, Aarhus, Whyalla + all before Indonesia’s Wedhus Gembel (except Osaka 1999)

KT Prescott

KT Prescott

KT has a few different hats she loves to get about in. She began driving down a dirt road into the visual arts, took a sharp left into the visceral and nitty gritty side street of theatre and giant puppets, and then got lost and found herself in a cul-de-sac at The Tiny Top Sideshow. Nowadays she can be found speeding along in fifth gear up an endless highway of visual arts, performance, film and theatre, often combining them in a feat of dexterity.

KT was first enticed into the world of Snuff Puppets by the lure of $40 to come and “get in a puppet” at Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 1992. In a tight uncomfortable Baby puppet, she ran from A to B pretty much blind and confused. She then decided this could be a suitable career to pursue. KT has roamed the roads, dispersed crowded streets and graced theatres all around Australia, the Asian continent and The World. She has been in pretty much every show created since 1997, claiming fame to such things as the Original Guts and the Original cow and the ONLY performer to have played the coveted Doughman role from Forest in The Night. Highlights include performing as a dancing rigamortis corpse, a potato rotting into compost, licking a puppet ice cream, playing an emu lady, the cleaning Mambo scene in Snuff Clubb , dying a horrible death as a colonial English captain, …and recently…an active Vagina in Everybody.
These days she is often introduced as “one of the oldest surviving members” to the newcomers, by the actual oldest surviving founding member, Andy Freer.

Rebecca Rutter

Rebecca Rutter

Rebecca Rutter has worked as a performer/set designer/costume artist for twenty years. During this time she has worked across varied media and theatrical disciplines encompassing traditional theatre, puppetry, design, fashion and large-scale spectacle. Rebecca has been working with Snuff Puppets since 2003 as a performer, maker and workshop director as a part of Boom Family, Forest in the Night, Human Body Parts, Brown Brothers, The Dancing Cow Show and various international tours, Peoples Puppet Projects and Snuff Parties.

You can see her work at – www.fizzyfingers.com.au

Zita Whalley

Zita Whalley

Zita is a writer, performer and theatre maker who has been working as a seagull, cow, hairy man, giant human, disembodied body part, disembodied inner organ, and as pooh with Snuff Puppets since 2006.

Projects: Various local, regional and interstate festivals including Melbourne International Puppet Festival, Random Acts Festival, Auckland, 2012, Kaohsiung Puppet Festival, Taiwan 2011 and Commonwealth Games Festival.
SHOWS: Snuff Party
ROAMING: Human Body Parts, Boom Family, Seagulls

www.zitawhalley.com

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson

Puppet Designer/Builder, Workshop Facilitator (PPPs) & Performer, 2006-current.
Creative Development of Snuff Clubb, EveryBody, Human Body Parts, Durer’s Rhinocerus, Snuff Parties.
SHOWS: Wedhus Gembel, Snuff Club, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, Forest in the Night, Dancing Cow Show
ROAMING: Human Body Parts, Boom Family, Seagulls, Kareem the Elephant
WORKSHOPS: LOHAS Festival, Taiwan; TCAF, Taipei; Herning, Denmark; ComeOut, Adelaide & Whyalla, Art Is…, Horsham; Fairfax Festival, Swan Hill; Mildura-Wentworth Arts Festival; Gertrude St Projection Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Rosalind Hall

Rosalind Hall

Rosalind Hall works with a multitude of sound technologies and instruments such as a modified saxophone, home made instruments, percussion, field recordings and processing software to create soundtrack, live music and performance work.  Rosalind performs with local experimental and improvisatory musicians such as David Brown and Jim Denley and releases solo and collaborative work independently and through labels Avant Whatever, Corpus Collosum Records, pan y rosas discos, Swarming Records and EcoSono.

Shows: Everybody, Wedhus Gembel, 21st Birthday Show

Sounds: rosalindhall.bandcamp.com

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