The Man who Cannot Sleep
White Night Melbourne 2018
A surrealist performance combining puppetry and projection, The Man Who Cannot Sleep is a gargantuan emissary from the world of dreams. It is an ode to a civilization on the verge of collapse.
Conceived by Magic Lantern Studio’s Gonzalo Varela and realised in collaboration with Sanctum Theatre’s Lachlan Plain sanctumtheatre . The Man Who Cannot Sleep premieres at White Night 2018. whitenight.com.au/melbourne/
Gonzalo and Lachlan have collaborated on puppet shows since 2013, performing at many festivals, including a sold-out season of Life is a Carousel at the Melbourne International Festival of Puppetry 2017.
…”The Man Who Cannot Sleep in Queen Victoria Gardens forged a dark and surreal dystopia, packed with visual surprises, from a fusion of soundscape, sculpture and full-body puppetry…”
Review by Cameron Woodhead, THE AGE
Life is a Carousel
The road to the Tree of Life is loong and treacherous, and the forest is littered with the remains of unfortunate travelers…
Life is a Carousel is a chaotic whirlwind of psychotic mayhem, a grotesquery of improbable creatures and they efforts to make sense of a senseless world.
Life is a Carousel premiered to a sold out season at The Melbourne Intenational Festival of Puppetry , La Mama Theatre, Carlton, Melbourne 2017.
“Life is a Carousel” shortlisted for two categories in the Greenroom Awards 2018 (Design and Puppetry)
Presented by Magic Lantern and Sanctum Theatre
Devised and directed by Gonzalo Varela and Lachlan Plain
Puppeteers & Performers: Lachlan Plain, Gonzalo Varela, Julian Chapple and Phil Woodman.
Set Design: Gonzalo Varela
Puppets by Gonzalo Varela and Lachlan Plain
Music by Pedro Fuentes
Dramaturgued by John Paul Hussey
Created with the support of Voodoo Productions.
Photos by Oscar Socias, Sean Healy and Lucy Parkinson
Big Bugs Puppets : Melbourne Museum
In 2017 Magic Lantern Studio collaborated with Sanctum Theatre to create seven giant bugs for Melbourne Museum: Four bees, a bombardier beetle, an orchid mantis and a dragonfly. These bugs were joined by a red back spider , jewel wasp and cockroach created by A blanck canvas.
Puppet buiders: Gonzalo Varela, Lachlan Plain, Nick Wilson, Phil Woodman and Danny Miller.
Puppeeters: Lachlan Plain, Gonzalo Varela, Danny Miller, Phill Woodman, Brendan Murphy, Daniel Mounsey, Jhess Knight, Jonathan Macmillan, Daniell Flood, Stephan Hisler, Aiden Min, Stephin Mushin, Lachlan MacCloud and Bao Gislain.
Puppets created in the Voodoo Productions Studios
To commission Magic Lantern studio or Sanctum Theatre to create puppets or theatrical props for your event, please contact Gonzalo Varela on (+61) 0456961010 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Otto learns to fly” at Rainbow Serpent Festival!!!
“Pigsy, Nanny and Old Pete“
Through these two terms that do not usually go together, ugly and cute Im looking to awaken the “Empathy”.
Fear of the unknown is transformed into sensitivity, things we need on these days.
“Otto learns to fly.”
Otto has a dream, he wants to fly…
But bears can’t fly… can they?
Otto learns to fly showcases MagicLantern Studio’s exquisitely crafted hand puppets and “ready mades” in the Magic Lantern Travelling Puppet Theatre. Then the action explode onto a much larger scale with Sanctum Theatre’s giant body puppets.
The show leaves us the idea that anything is possible if you really want.
Is an interactive children’s entertainment ideal for out doors festivals as well as in door events.
To book Otto learns to fly for your festival or event, please contact Gonzalo Varela on 0061- 0456961010 or email email@example.com
“You Can´t say no in Acapulco” By Abbie Cardwell
Vocals & Ukulele – Abbie Cardwell
Filmaking – David Burrows
Puppeteer, Set Designer & Artist – Gonzalo Varela
Engineering & Lap-Steel by Shane O’Mara (Australia)
Mixed by Gabriel Lopez (Mexico)
Filmed inside The Magic Lantern Shop (Brunswick St. Fitzroy, Melbourne)
Original Song Written By Sid Feller -Dee Fuller – Lee Morris
AMCOS Performance Rights
“Death at intervals.”