The Garden of the Galapagos

Client: An A Blanck Canvas, Melbourne Zoo, and Graeme Base collaboration

Date: 2018-2019

The Garden of the Galapagos is an outdoor theatre piece designed and built by A Blanck Canvas. The puppet show is based on award-winning children’s book The Waterhole, written and illustrated by one of the world’s leading creators of picture books; Graeme Base.

The production includes eight large, custom-made animal puppets. The  collection of puppets use many sophisticated puppetry techniques and mechanisms; from the smaller marionette style puppets of the Booby birds, to the concealed wheeled-chair operated puppets of giant tortoises. All puppets are internally lit with programmable LED lights.

The performance itself has an eclectic unfolding soundscape, designed by the talented producer Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell and light projection by award winning OhYeahWow.

The 20-minute show highlights the importance of water conservation. It is a fun family-friendly show, showcasing the menagerie of Galapagos animals in an embraceful and interactive show of colour, music, light and puppetry.

The acclaimed show was originally performed at Melbourne Zoo to sold out crowds for a 16 night multi performance through April 2019, and has since performed 6 sold-out shows at A Blanck Canvas Productions performance hub; The Playground.

The Garden of Galapagos is returning in 2022. Keep up to date on ticket sales through our socials.

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