Puppet Shows

World on a string
Very happy to be sharing the stage with the genius of Phillip Huber, the puppeteer of being John Malkovich film.
Today and every Saturday of September 2018 will be presented “Otto learns to fly” in Chadstone International Puppet Festival “World on a string “





The Man who Cannot Sleep

White Night Melbourne 2018



Toroide dreaming.

Toroide dreaming.

White Night 2018

White Night 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


Moomba Parade 2018

The bugs in the Parade of Moomba Festival. Sanctum Theatre (Lachlan Plain) and Magic Lantern Studio making mess again.
Thanks Jules Artbus ,Daniel J Mounsey, Nick Nick and Stéphane Hisler. amazings Puppeteers.

Video Moomba Parade 2018


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)

Winner in Puppetry!!!

2018 Nominees and Recipients


Life is a Carousel

Life is a Carousel

Pigsy in trouble

Pigsy in trouble

Pigsy and Nanny.

Pigsy and Nanny.

Pigsy and Divinity

Pigsy and Divinity



Lovely Nanny

Lovely Nanny

Old Pete, Pigsy and Nanny

Old Pete, Pigsy and Nanny



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.

Together they descended on the city to promote Bug Lab, an immersive exhibition presented by Weta Workshop and The Papa Museum.

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 untipocreativo@hotmail.com

Otto learns to fly” at Rainbow Serpent Festival!!!


Pigsy,  Nanny and Old Pete


Pigsy is a very special character… is ugly and the public is afraid at first… but then understands that it is a tender …. a very sweet beast.
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.
Old Pete is a raw farmer who hates and loves Pigsy, together they always have very crazy adventures, is a tale of co-dependence.
Tenderness can be found in the most unexpected places.


Nanny, the sweet goat. Another failed experiment of nature …


Magic Lantern Studio (Pigsy), Sanctum Theatre ( Nany)  and Julian Chapple as (Professor Demetrio) performing at
Rancho Relaxo festival “Gruff from the Goat”
Nice party…

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.

  • Eco Loco and Otto

    Eco Loco and Otto

  • Otto sad.

    Otto sad.

  • Ecoloco and Otto egain.

    Ecoloco and Otto egain.

  • Otto learns to fly

    Otto learns to fly

  • Oh noo!!!

    Oh noo!!!

  • Happy ending.

    Happy ending.

  • Finish.


  • Kids love Otto.

    Kids love Otto.

  • Otto learns tofly

    Otto learns tofly

    To book Otto learns to fly for your festival or event, please contact  Gonzalo Varela on 0061- 0456961010 or email untipocreativo@hotmail.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.”

    Dath an intervals