Snuff Puppets

A brute puppet company from Melbourne

Big, brute and anarchic, Snuff Puppets are a puppet company that combines the elements of puppetry, live music, visual and physical theatre to create a unique and idiosyncratic performance language, engineering puppet/audience collisions to leave both parties breathless. All that is taboo in our society we tackle, with a vulgar, irreverent, gratuitously violent and comic sensibility.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Snuff Puppets take their work out of the theatre and into the street, reclaiming public spaces for people and art, and explore the bond of complicity between audience and performer just to see how far they can push it. “We uphold a social change agenda and prioritise opportunities that work to change society for the better.”

One of their most provocative and ambitious performance is definitely that of Everybody, in which a giant 26.5m human puppet with articulated, detachable and interactive body parts and organs, aims to represent the essential humanness of everybody.

The piece begins with the death of the giant human puppet via a brick thrown at Everybody’s head. The head cracks and its brain oozes out. Everybody watches its life flash before its eyes, from birth through life and ultimately death. Everybody’s now independent body parts and organs perform the journey of its life stages. The show is in 4 Acts: Everybody’s Born, Everybody Cries, Everybody Shits, Everybody Dies.

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