The Waterhole Production

Client: Graeme Base and Melbourne Zoo Collaboration

Date: 2019

The Waterhole production is an outdoor theatre piece originally funded by a collaboration including Barcham Projects and Graeme Base with assistance from the Melbourne Zoo. It is a puppet show based on children’s book, “The Waterhole” written and illustrated by one of the world’s leading creators of picture books, Australian Graeme Base.

The production includes eight large, custom-made animal puppets. The collection of puppets uses many different puppetry techniques and mechanisms; from the smaller marionette style puppets of the Booby birds to the wheelchair and hidden performer mechanism for the giant tortoises. All puppets are internally lit with programmable lights. The performance includes its own soundscape designed by the talented producer Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell and projection by award winning OhYeahWow.

The 20-minute story highlights the importance of water conservation and performed at Melbourne Zoo to sold out crowds for a 16 night multi performance run in April 2019.