FAQ's

Our primary workshop is in Coburg, Australia. We are about a 20 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, which is recognised as the events and cultural capital of Australia.

Our large community bay-side performance space; The Playground is located at Seaworks Maritime Precinct.

Yes, we regularly work with international clients. We have completed many major new projects for clients all over the world, as well as sending over existing puppets to hire.

Modern technology makes it easy to work together over long distances and we have trusted shipping and freight partners we regularly use.

We can send a team overseas to bump in, oversee, or train locals, as well as perform specific works. Anything is possible!

We design, build, and perform puppets and installations for theatre and major events.

Particularly specialising in the creation of large-scale illuminated works and unique creature puppets, we pride ourselves on being the leading puppetry designers in Australia, as we largely focus on design, quality and usability.

Our capabilities extend to many creative mediums, which is why we are able to continuously create such a variety of notable works for different clients.

Here are some examples:

  • Design and consultation
  • Scalable animatronic puppets (small to large-scale)
  • Chassis based puppets
  • Programmable lighting
  • Inflatable installation/puppets/suit puppets
  • Marionette style puppets
  • Rod puppets
  • Roving performances
  • Costumes and prosthetics
  • 3D printed puppets
  • Stage sets & props
  • Public installations
  • Custom soundscapes
  • Robotics
  • Scenic painting
  • Mascots
  • Venue fit outs

To get a better understanding of what we can do have a look at some of our previous projects.

From design to completion it takes approximately 2-3 months to build a giant humanoid puppet like The Messenger puppet for example.

It depends how giant it is! A 1.5 scale animal puppet (like a gazelle for example) can cost upwards of $10,000 AUD, whereas a large-scale puppet including chassis and a rig that weighs approximately 800 kg can cost upwards of $80,000 AUD. As all our projects are specialised these prices are only a rough indication.

For our giant humanoid and creature puppets it takes between 8- 10 professional performers to manipulate.

Unfortunately, as we have a lot of school kids enquiring, we are currently not accepting work experience placements.

Our professional puppeteers are from a variety of backgrounds; dance, theatre, parkour, athletics and have all found their way to puppetry. The best way is to take some puppet making classes, build and perform your own puppets, research online and study the masters of puppetry such as Jim Henson and practice in front of a mirror always!

We have a few puppets in our puppet library that can be hired out for local events. These puppets cost upwards of $3,000 AUD each to hire for a minimum 3 hour call which includes a performer and a minder. For all hire inquiries, email us info@ablanckcanvas.com

Whilst we already have our core team, we are always looking for talented people! Please forward your CV with relevant experience to admin@ablanckcanvas.com

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