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Created for display at Imagin Arta by Steve Coupe as part of a growing library of mechanisms on show.

Best Artistic Creation and Best Actress awarded for Oh Rats! at the World Carnival of Puppetry in Kuching, Borneo, 2015

 “During the 35 minute performance here, the master puppeteers demonstrated their flawless handling of the puppets while interacting with the audience through their hilarious wit and acting skills.”

by Wilfred Pilo/Borneo Post  4/11/2015

Oh Rats!

 Puppet Pals Workshop

New Puppet Pals created in Grenfell.

In May 2014 we toured to western NSW, Condobolin and Grenfell, performing "The Emperor's New Beat Box" & "Oh Rats!" and doing a great Puppet Pals workshop.

Condobolin broke all records with a huge attendance. Nearly every child in the vast Lachlan shire was there - over 550 kids from a shire population of under 4,000!

Puppet Pals

NELLA’S WINGS International Touring 2013

Performances in 2013

 *Izmir Puppet Days Festival, Turkey

*Eastern Thrace Puppet Festival, Turkey

*World Puppetry Carnival, Indonesia

*Bandung International Puppet Festival, Indonesia

*Spot On Festival, Sydney, Australia

*International Rosete Aranda Puppet Festival, Tlaxcala, Mexico

Nellas Wings

 Sue Wallace (left) with Meri and Santos (Ymedio company)

 Luleburgaz Puppet Festival Turkey, April 2013


 Sue Wallace with Nella from "Nella's Wings" and a curious audience member at the 5th International Puppet Festival in Luleburgaz, Turkey.

"Nella's Wings" is a beautiful and gentle exploration of a child's dream to fly.



Another Award, 2017

Sue Wallace has just received an award for Acting/Puppetry Excellence performing in

 "Nella's Wings" at the 24th Subotica International Children's Theatre Festival, SERBIA.

 We have just returned from a fabulous tour performing "Nella's Wings" at International Children's Theatre Festivals in Subotica and Grocka in SERBIA and Iasi in ROMANIA.

 Highlights included

    receiving an award for Acting/Puppetry Excellence at the 24th Subotica Festival in Serbia

    performing for the Australian Ambassador to Serbia in Grocka, an historic town near Belgrade

    seeing some really superb theatre in Iasi, Romania

    experiencing really well crafted puppet shows and meeting puppetry artists from around the world

    helping puppeteer Brad Shur from the USA make 101 cardboard workshop puppets for which he created this gift -

 4th National Puppetry and Animatronics Summit

5 - 8 July, 2012, Melbourne

The Summit was a great success with a full program of speakers, workshops, clinics, discussions and performance. Delegates came from Australia, Asia and the USA.  Oscar winners Shaun Tan and Adam Elliot generously gave their time to talk about their creative process and share their artistic journeys.

The Sydney Puppet Theatre and ImaginArta - the Australian Puppet Centre were very involved.  Sue Wallace (from the Sydney Puppet Theatre and ImaginArta) was on the Steering Committee and Steve Coupe presented 2 workshops as a Puppet Doctor.


Marian Street Theatre for Young People's wonderful production of The Magic Pudding played to full houses during the July 2010 school holidays.  The Sydney Puppet Theatre created Albert, the Magic Pudding the only puppet in this production .  In his own words Albert was "the star of the show!" . Recently reviewed in Stage Whispers, David Spicer wrote

"The biggest challenge posed by bringing The Magic Pudding to the stage is what to do with the star of the show? Having a person play an inexhaustible bowl of pudding would be hard to swallow. In this regard the Marian Street Theatre for Young People production was a triumph. Albert - as the Magic Pudding is known - was a puppet, both beautifully crafted by the Sydney Puppet Theatre and superbly manipulated by his master pulling the strings, Tristan McKinnon. (photo) His expressions and movements were always amusing and apt. "  To read the full review click here.

 The Sydney Puppet Theatre was invited to perform

 "Z for Giraffe"

as the Australian puppetry representative for the 30th anniversary of the

Mistelbach Puppet Festival

Mistelbach, Austria

Festival Dates Oct 19 - 26, 2008.

 The show was received very well and we have received ongoing invitations to perform in Europe and Asia.

The Mistelbach Puppet Festival, Austria Oct. 08  We were made very welcome in Mistelbach as the Australian puppetry representatives at their historic 30th Festival where they showcased 30 shows from 30 countries. In this photo - Sydney Puppet Theatre (Sue & Steve in red) with the Taiwan Puppet Theatre and Tim & Petra Gosley (Canadian puppeteers).



Early in 2008 we journeyed across the Nullabor on the Puppet Caravan with 7 other puppeteers (9 of us in all).  The Puppet Caravan created performances in some unusual places including Eucla in Western Australian (just over the border from South Australia).  Some people travelled over 300 kilometres to see a puppet show!  In Perth we performed  "Z for Giraffe"  at the UNIMA 2008 International Puppetry Congress and Festival. The show got wonderful reviews and we really enjoyed playing to so many international delegates and Perth families.  The show was subsequently invited to perform at the 30th Anniversary of the Mistelbach Puppet Festival in Austria in October 08.  We were very pleased to be the Australian representative at the extraordinary festival which showcased 30 shows from 30 countries.

International; collaboration; shadow puppets

In March 2018 we hosted performers from Argentina. Daiana and Mario from Teatro Infinito came to Australia especially to do a private workshop in shadow puppetry with shadow puppet master Richard Bradshaw.

Yet again, puppetry proved to be a wonderful medium to unite people from the other side of the globe.

childrens workshop; rod puppets

kids workshop; puppets

We are always amazed at how creative kids are and love creating puppet making workshops for children. Here are some photos from a recent Puppet Pals workshop.

March 21, 2018 was World Puppetry Day and the theme for this year is “Together We Create the Movement”. Puppeteers worldwide contributed to video to celebrate the day.

Imagin Arta – the Australian Puppet Centre has launched its inaugural Scholarship for an individual or a group of up to 3 people aged 14 to 18 years to be mentored by the Sydney Puppet Theatre. The aim of the scholarship is to encourage young people to discover the wonder and power of puppetry through creating a short puppetry performance. Applicants must reside in the Southern Highlands NSW and applications close on April 20, 2018. Contact Sue at for details.


In November 2018, we exhibited our first automaton “Once Were Parasols” at the inaugural Artists Of The Round Yard exhibition at Retford Park, a National Trust Property.

The theme of the exhibition was the Art Of Giving, following James Packer’s gift of this magnificent property to the National Trust.

Automata is the meeting of physics and puppetry, where the viewer provides the gift of energy that moves the sculpture.

“Once Were Parasols” now happily lives at ImaginArta - the Australian Puppet Centre in Sutton Forest.



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