Lilian Rodrigues-Pang is an oral storyteller whose work spans community theatre, multicultural institutions and mental health organisations. Interested in the ways that “characters can transform and oscillate between creature and human”, she created a ‘Wattle Girl’ inspired by the natural flora of Australia.
Leigh Boswell, Director of The Young Company Theatre in Cairns, travelled to Sydney to explore how puppet making can inform the way children engage with art and stories. An educator by trade and at heart, Leigh was motivated to take part in the Masterclass to spark a sense of discovery in children and young people. For the performance, she created a time-travelling librarian, who needed to be saved by children before all her books were destroyed forever.
Full-time performer, actor and puppeteer, St-John Cowcher has worked with puppets extensively but had never actually made one, using this opportunity to expand his artistic practice. St-John devised a complete story around his character – a boy who lives in a ladder forest at the bottom of a deep abyss.