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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS -

FAST-PACED, in­ter­ac­tive and with no strings at­tached – that’s how award-win­ning Syd­ney pup­peteer Dennis Mur­phy likes to con­duct his shows. Part of the Queens­land Theatre of Pup­petry’s an­nual win­ter sea­son at Mac­in­tosh Is­land Park, Mur­phy’s show, Har­lequin & His Magic Lamp plays Gerda Pinta Pav­il­ion this week. A sec­ond Mur­phy pro­duc­tion, Pup­pet Trick­sters, opens at the pav­il­ion on Mon­day. Fea­tur­ing Ital­ian-style glove pup­pets, Mur­phy says the per­for­mances are ‘‘not just cute pup­pet shows’’. ‘‘They are true fam­ily shows. I en­ter­tain the lit­tle kids and keep the adults at the back en­ter­tained,’’ he says. Mur­phy has been de­light­ing au­di­ences for more than 30 years and says he’s still get­ting laughs. ‘‘Pup­pets are in­her­ently funny,’’ he says. ‘‘We are con­stantly catch­ing our­selves, believ­ing they are alive. That’s where the hu­mour comes from.’’ The 45-minute shows fea­ture up to 10 pup­pets. ‘‘The kids know ex­actly where the show’s go­ing and they tend to di­rect you,’’ he says. ‘‘They get in­volved in the show and tell me what hap­pens next. Au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion is very im­por­tant. The kids are part of the show.’’

Har­lequin and His Magic Lamp, plays Gerda Pin­ter Pav­il­lion, Mac­in­tosh Is­land Park, to­day and to­mor­row at 9.30am and 11am. Pup­pet Trick­sters plays the pav­il­lion from Mon­day to July 5, at 9.30am and 11am.

Syd­ney pup­peteer Dennis Mur­phy and his pup­pet stars Pan­talone (left) and Ar­lecchino have brought their show to the Gold Coast for the school hol­i­days.

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