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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.