The Sydney Puppet Theatre specialises in Theatre of Delight for the family audience. Currently, they have 7 shows in repertoire using a variety of puppetry styles including shadow puppets, hand and rod puppets and exquisite marionettes. They have toured extensively in Australia and have performed by invitation at international puppet festivals and events in Thailand, Hungary, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, New York, Austria and Germany.
The Sydney Puppet Theatre (since 1989, principally Steve Coupe and Sue Wallace) was formed in 1984 with fellow puppeteers Greg Howard and David Collins. From 1992 to 2004 the company managed the artistic direction of The Rocks Puppet Cottage. From 1998 to 2005, they directed the "One Van" International Festival of Puppetry in the beautiful village of Blackheath, the Blue Mountains, NSW.
They have been puppetry consultants for various clients including the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Roads and Transport Authority, Sydney Water, the NSW Fire Department, Australia’s Wonderland and the Powerhouse and Australian Museums.
Sue Wallace has devised workshop programs for children for the Casula Powerhouse (2012), Tarrengower Puppetfest (2012), the Powerhouse Discovery Centre (2011), Kids First and Giant Steps (09). For adults she has devised programs for Enmore College of Design TAFE (2000 to 2013), ImaginArta (2012), Canberra University (2011) and various workshops for the Sydney Puppet Theatre. In 2012 she devised 2 intenstive workshops for high-school students participating in the Hunter Regional Drama Festival.
Sue Wallace was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2005 and Sue and Steve spent 3 months in 2006 researching Puppet Centres around the world with a view to creating a working model for a puppet centre in Australia. In 2010, Sue and colleagues created ImaginArta - the Australian Puppet Centre Inc. a not-for-profit association. The first event for ImaginArta was held at the Annandale Creative Arts Centre in January 2011. They are currently in negotiation for a permanent home in Sydney.
For a look at the shows in repertoire please go to the Shows page.
To book a show contact Sue Wallace on 0438 218 217 or email spuppet at ozemail.com.au