Puppetry tale set to enchant

Augusta Margaret River Times
Puppetree performers with Digby the Dragon.
Camera IconPuppetree performers with Digby the Dragon. Credit: Fran Gronow

The Folk of the Puppetree are thrilled at a strong reception from local punters, with four sold-out shows already ahead of their performance during these school holidays at the Margaret River Heart venue.

Titled Digby and the Dragon, the show was created by local writer and puppet maker Sky River, who has joined with a group of fellow Margaret River artists to develop the production.

River said the core of the story was a message of “reconnecting to a larger sense of self and exploring the relationship between contemporary humans and belonging to the natural world”.

“Stories and imagination have been used as a way to explore our sense of belonging to a place,” she said.

“We live in an era where scientific thinking and logic has dominated our cultural stories, but for thousands of years it was story and song that taught people how to care for the land.

“Story speaks to a different part of us. It uses symbols and journeys and maybe even dragons to teach and transform ideas.”

River is a longstanding regular on the puppetry circuit, with past projects detailing a strong environmental focus.

“Puppets are my method of environmental activism,” she said.

“They bridge the worlds of reality and imagination and create the ability to think outside the box and offer new perspectives.”

The latest show, aimed at families, features collaborations with musician Saul Cresswell and digital media by Danny Jennings.

The show’s Dream Dragon puppet was made by leather worker David Skeats.

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