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02 August 2017

Visual theatre company the Dead Puppet Society have had countless box office knock-outs and award winning productions, but their newest release, Laser Beak Man is their most ambitious production to date.

Developed transnationally over four years, Laser Beak Man boasts an all-star creative team including Artistic Director David Morton, Executive Producer Nicholas Paine and original music from Ball Park Music front man Sam Cromack.

As well as being internationally recognised creatives, this team has something else in common; they are all QUT alumni.

David Morton (Bachelor of Creative Industries (Hons) 2010; Doctor of Philosophy 2013) and Nicholas Paine (Bachelor of Creative Industries 2009; Master of Creative Industries 2011) are excited about how the Dead Puppet Society has grown since their uni days.

“The inception of Dead Puppet Society when we were in undergrad, and then its further development through our postgraduate degrees, was heavily influenced by our experiences at QUT,” David and Nicholas said.

“And the relationships we formed at QUT have become an incredible support network which we’ve taken with us into the industry.”

This network was called upon to bring the production of Laser Beak Man to life, with seven actors and more than 35 original puppets being used to take the audience on a unique journey into Power City – to follow Local hero Laser Beak Man.

Based on the drawings of Queensland artist Tim Sharp, the production is set to be full of quirky sensibility, bright colours and visual puns.

“We’re excited to highlight the intricacies of his creation alongside our own storytelling and aesthetic to make Tim’s hilarious drawings three-dimensional on stage,” Nicholas said.

With more than half of the team involved in the production boasting a QUT qualification, it’s clear to see that our QUT graduates are taking the stage by storm.

“We love the fact that so many of the Cast and Creatives working on Laser Beak Man studied such a range of disciplines at the university,” Nicholas said.

La Boite Artistic Director and CEO Todd MacDonald said La Boite was proud to present the production’s world premiere with Brisbane Festival.

“Dead Puppet Society and Tim Sharp are world-class Brisbane artists and we know Laser Beak Man is going to blow audiences away,” Todd said.

Laser Beak Man plays La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre from 9 September through 30 September 2017. For tickets and further information, visit the La Boite Theatre Company website.

Image by Dylan Evans

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