HE’S HAPPY CLOWN­ING

Kwinana Courier - - Entertainment - Tanya MacNaughton

JEFF Achtem is more at home in a room of clowns than feel­ing any nat­u­ral fra­ter­nity with a room of pup­peteers, de­spite be­ing the artis­tic di­rec­tor of Bunk Pup­pets.

“A lot of peo­ple when they think of shadow pup­petry get these images in their head that maybe my mum or dad was a fa­mous pup­peteer or I grew up in In­done­sia,” Achtem said.

“I came in to pup­petry quite late. I started clown­ing as I left school and was per­form­ing a lot, in ev­ery­thing from street the­atre fes­ti­vals to cor­po­rate gigs, just find­ing and learn­ing about per­form­ing non-ver­bally.

“A clown has to do some­thing on stage, ei­ther jug­gle or play mu­sic or some­thing, and it usu­ally goes ter­ri­bly wrong, which is the essence of a clown show; I was drawn to the idea of a clown do­ing a pup­pet show.”

Cana­dian Achtem moved to Aus­tralia a decade ago af­ter he “gelled with Mel­bourne’s cre­ative arts scene”.

“It was a pe­riod in my life where I just went where the wind blew me,” he said.

He started Bunk Pup­pets four years ago, cre­at­ing an as­so­ci­a­tion of per­form­ers, mak­ers and artists, and brings his one-man show

Swamp Juice to Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things in Oc­to­ber.

Jeff Achtem.

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