Supported by Darebin City Council and UNIMA Australia.

ARIA! surpassed our highest expectations… Sold out shows, audience delight, wonderful performances from puppeteers and opera singers.  ARIA! combined a variety of puppetry forms in a range of original new works created in response to an aria or a duet – performed live in the Northcote Town Hall.

What an event! over two nights in November – 7 & 8th, just as the Ring frenzy was beginning – we presented our groundbreaking puppet/opera slam at the Northcote Town Hall as part of Darebin”s Speakeasy season.  We sold out – 150 people each night – seated at round tables in the grand hall.  We blended wonderful opera singers with a stunning lineup of puppetry that delighted  audiences and ourselves alike! The singers were among the audience and interacting with the puppeteers, using the whole space.  The performances included rod puppets, glove, shadow, a film, and objects.  The scale went from tiny and intimate to huge as things moved through the hall, across the walls, onto the balcony and out the doors.  The whole night was accompanied by the astonishing Dave Evans on accordion and piano, and by the superb MC Bernard Caleo!  Thank you everyone!!

The Town Hall didn’t rock so much as explode with sound and energy!  We blended wonderful opera singers with a stunning line up of puppetry that delighted audiences and ourselves alike!  The performances included rod puppets, glove, shadow, a film, and objects.

Thank you to all the fantastic participants – Megan Cameron, Barking Spider Theatre Company, Rod Primrose, the indirect Object, Lynne Kent, Colleen Burke, Lenka Muchova, Theresa O’Connor and singers Frederica Cunningham, Belinda Dalton, Timothy Reynolds and Jeremy Kleeman.   And of course to the wonderful Bernard Caleo as MC, and the virtuoso musician Dave Evans on both the accordion and piano.  What a night!!

WHEN: 7th & 8th November 2014, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: Northcote Town Hall as part of Darebin’s Speakeasy