Puppet shows are quite rare these days. Especially ones that mix old world classical tunes with blues and roots goodness. ImaginArta host puppet shows in Annandale each Sunday of January, and I only wish we hadn't missed the first one. Witty puppets and rocking tunes combine to make a very watchable show. Small one was enthralled the entire half hour, only breaking concentration to see if the boy sitting next to him was enjoying it as much as he was.
The Sydney Puppet Theatre ably executed the art of entertaining a room full of small children last Sunday in their Power Puppets Show. The old church that is now the Annandale Creative Arts Centre (81 Johnston Street, Annandale) was the venue. As we took our seats on the carpet*, one of the performers released a bundle of hand puppets for waiting small ones to play with. He then strummed some pleasing guitar music to fill the void before the main event.
The show started with a mermaid and an octopus, each respectively transforming into four fish and a clamshell, complete with pearl. Octopus's Garden by the Beatles accompanied these dancing puppets. As the half hour show progressed, the puppets changed with each song and attention barely waivered except from the youngest of viewers.
The marionettes moved in simple narratives told through well-chosen songs, rather than words. My favourite was Mick Jagger and Keith Richards losing their heads to Start Me Up. The pelvic prowess of Jagger was also aptly rendered.
The last two shows for January are Harlequin-Frog Prince (23rd January) by Murphy's Puppets and Things With Wings (30th January) by the Sydney Puppet Theatre. We'll definitely be making return visits for both. At $10 a ticket, or $8.50 if you come with a group of four or more, its more than worth it (tickets only available with cash payment.