"Dead Puppet Society is the most exciting puppet company and visual arts company in the country". High praise indeed, from Sam. David Morton, Associate Director and Puppet Designer of Storm Boy and Dead Puppet Society's Creative Director, told me about the process of building puppets. He said that the pelican puppet had 1,200 pieces so that means 1,200 separate hand drawings on CAD (Computer-aided Design) and took three months to design. Fortunately, he and his team didn't have to reproduce this12 times for the dozen pelican puppets but could replicate them, including 2:3 scale models of the flying pelicans. There will also be other puppet creatures on stage, 28 in total - a fantastical menagerie. I got to view up close the darling little fairy penguins, articulated tiger snake, mackerel and crayfish backstage. What a treat! I haven't included any photos of these extraordinary creatures as I don't want to spoil the surprise. Although puppetry is an ancient form of theatre dating back to the 5th century BC in Ancient Greece, don't be a muppet and think this is like Punch and Judy. These are gorgeous hi-tech puppets.