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‘Je Suis Punch!’, by Gary Friedman, in the World Puppetry Day 2016

‘Je Suis Punch!’, by Gary Friedman, in the World Puppetry Day 2016

We publish the text and video by the filmmaker and puppeteer Gary Friedman, from Australia, regarding the World Puppet Day, and refers to the subject of the puppeteers arrested in Madrid. Gary Friedman, born in South Africa but living for years in Australia, is making a documentary about puppets and politics, for which he has traveled the world collecting testimonies and images about it. Gary Friedman en Barcelona. Foto T.R. ‘Je Suis Punch!’ is a special dedication … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured video, Front page, History and traditions, Puppeteers, Videos

King Kong brought back to live in Melbourne

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As Gary Friedman reports in Puppetrynews, an spectacular King Kong opened in Melbourne this week. It’s a visual treat for anyone vaguely interested in musicals and puppetry.  The gigantic puppet that everyone’s talking about is six metres tall with a well-muscled body, an enormous head and a bunch of ‘King’s men’ manipulating the monster – from his his hands and feet to his fully animatronic head, King Kong is awe-inspiring. Australian puppeteers Steve Coupe and Jacob … Read entire article »

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The devil appears in Bekecsaba, Hungary.

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It is normal for the puppeteers strange things happen to us, for always being surrounded by devils, Vodniks, goblins, and other fantastic creatures. So, what happened in the workshop of Gary Friedman (Australian puppeteer and editor of Puppetrynews) in Bekecsaba, Hungary, is in the logic of things. But it will be much better if Gary explains himself to us the event in their own words: “After an incredibly inspiring six-week European Workshop tour of Switzerland, Italy, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courses, News, Puppeteers, Training and development

Ten Days on the Island – An intensive puppetry workshop in Turkey

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We received from our colleague Gary Friedman this interesting information about a puppet workshop in Turkey: ‘Ten Days on the Island’ is an intensive puppetry workshop being presented by two master-puppeteers from different corners of the world. Çağlayan Sevinçer from Istanbul and Gary Friedman from Melbourne come together on the exotic island of Gökçeada, Turkey, to share their skills and life experience. The workshop will take place from 12 – 21 August 2013. The Participants The workshop … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courses, News, Puppeteers, Training and development

The Bil Baird Marionettes and Cora

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We invite you to see this old recording of The Bil Baird Marionettes and Cora, who has released Gary Friedman through his magazine Puppetry News. See also the written report on the same issue Gary published on its website. Bil Baird was primarily known for his puppets, appearing with them on television shows with Ed Sullivan, Jack Paar and Sid Caesar and in his own 1950 series, ‘‘Life with Snarky Parker,” together with his wife … Read entire article »

Filed under: History and traditions, News, Puppeteers

Two brand new puppetry courses and a National Puppetry Summit in Melbourne, Australia

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A new seven-week introductory evening course will begin next month in Melbourne. This puppetry workshop, lead by Jim Henson trained master-puppeteer, Gary Friedman, is suitable for film-makers, professionals, performers, puppeteers, educators and others interested in learning about puppetry for the screen. More further info, click here. Dates: Thursday evenings 19 July to 30 August from 7 – 10pm. Venue: Malvern Uniting Centre, 54 Serrel St, Malvern East, Vic 3145. Cost: $799- (materials included) Early Bird fee … Read entire article »

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Puppetry News – Gary Friedman’s online magazine

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I had the opportunity in Chengdu to meet Gary Friedman, a veteran South African puppeteer who lives in Australia, editor of the well-known Puppetry News. Gary performed at the Chengdu Festival with his show “World of Paper.” Interested as we both are in cooperating, he did an interview with me (which you can see here) with his video camera, and we talked at length about puppets, China, the Festival … Gary Friedman – UNIMA Award for … Read entire article »

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