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    Black Hole Theatre is excited to announce Fermenting Change. 12 months of ground-breaking puppetry profession development for established and emerging puppetry artists. 

    Focusing on cross-disciplanry exploration, the Fermenting Change program has four key streams of activities open to all Australian puppetry artists. Some of these programs are free while others (such as Skills Laboratories) have fees for participation.

    All programs will be offered in Melbourne, however Black Hole Theatre Artistic Director Nancy Black is currently negotiating offering programs interstate with venues, companies and artist in Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.

    Dates, times and locations will be announced soon, so to express your interest in any of the Fermenting Change programs contact and they'll keep you in the loop! Until then, here's a brief description of each Fermenting Change program:



    Two day intensive professional development workshops. Some for experienced professionals, others for emerging puppeteers. Each Lab focuses on a different skill and how it relates to puppetry. Topics include movement & manipulation, mechanism / trigger building, developing character voices and performing with new media.  In addition to our Australian teachers, international guest artist Neville Tranter will offer a 5 day intensive masterclass in January 2015, and Duda Paiva will teach a 4 day intensive in October 2014.

    Places are limited for each Lab, so contact Black Hole Theatre to express your interest. 



    In collaboration with Puppet Animation from Edinburgh (, Black Hole Theatre will be pairing artists and companies from around the globe to share works in progress. Online discussions of ideas and feedback will be facilitated by a representative from Puppet Animation or Black Hole using the Liz Lurhman Critical Response Process.

    Collaborative Bridges is open to all Australian puppeteers, expressions of interest will be open soon.



    Since 2011 Black Hole Theatre in association with UNIMA Australia has been presenting Puppet Slams featuring emerging and established puppeteers. In 2014 the Puppet Slams extended to Sydney, with more interstate Slams to come. As part of Fermenting Change new Slams are in the pipeline, with themes including puppets & poetry, and politics. Open to all Australian puppeteers, contact Black Hole Artistic Director Nancy Black to register your interest.



    Following on from the success of the UNIMA Australia supported Dan Hurlin feedback clinics at the 2012 Puppetry & Animation Summit, a series of feedback clinics will be offered to artists with work-in-development.  To participate you need to have 10 - 15 minutes of a work-in-progress to show. The work will be discussed in an in-depth, non-judgemental, and vigorous way following the Lix Lurhman Critical Response Process. 

    Open to all Australian puppeteers in Victoria and interstate, expressions of interest for Your Work In Focus will be open soon.


    For more information about any of the Fermenting Change programs contact , or visit the website  and join the mailing list for updates. 

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