A former newspaper journo and editor, Monique Mulligan is the author of My Silly Mum, Fergus the Farting Dragon, and is a publisher with Serenity Press. Visit www.moniquemulligan.com
Award-winning show aimed at families
Watching the video promo for Bunk Puppets' 3-D puppet extravaganza, Swamp Juice, made me wish my children were younger. It's exactly the kind of show I'd have taken them to - the Edinburgh review describes it as "puppetry as you've never seen it before".
The brainchild of performer Jeff Achtem, Swamp Juice has played to sell-out audiences in Edinburgh, Berlin, Adelaide, and London's West End, receiving rave reviews wherever it has travelled. Now it's about to delight audiences at Koorliny Arts Centre on August 25.
Swamp Juice is the story of one man's romp through a mystical swamp filled with an array of wonderful creatures, including bickering snails, a neurotic snake and an opera singing mouse, which culminates in a chase as the shadows move off the stage and onto the theatre walls.
It might sound like this is just for kids, but the Adelaide Advertiser's review says it is not: "The adults were giggling as much as the kids when jibberish-speaking Canadian puppet master Jeff Achtem took to his contraption of junk to make shadow puppet snails and birds leap off the walls in a colourful, crazy hour of fun."
By all accounts, Swamp Juice will keep audiences of all ages spellbound as the shadows zip around the walls and ceilings, leading to an unforgettable 3-D shadow puppetry finale. The reviews I've read lead to one conclusion – this is a must-see experience.