Blueback lets Bec switch roles

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

THE an­tic­i­pa­tion of a greater chal­lenge is what brought free­lance per­former and pup­peteer Bec Bradley back for an­other sea­son of Blueback.

Bradley worked on the Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre two-per­son pro­duc­tion five years ago in the op­po­site role, this time be­ing played by St John Cowcher.

“The other role was more ma­nip­u­la­tion of Blueback whereas this role has more ma­nip­u­la­tion of the other char­ac­ters in the show,” she said.

“It’s dif­fer­ent styles of pup­peteer­ing for each role and this time is much more chal­leng­ing - it’s very in­ter­est­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the show from both sides.”

Bradley’s first SPPT show was 10 years ago when she had lit­tle pup­petry ex­pe­ri­ence but the com­pany needed a trained stilt walker, which suited her af­ter learn­ing the skill from a friend in Spain.

Since then her pup­petry ex­per­tise has grown with each pro­duc­tion and Blueback sees her work­ing with rod and Ja­pane­sein­spired Bun­raku pup­pets.

Based on Tim Win­ton’s book, Blueback was adapted to the stage by Peta Mur­ray and com­pletes the tril­ogy of the com­pany’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the au­thor’s works, in­clud­ing The Deep and Bu­galugs Bum Thief.

The com­ing of age story fol­lows the life of Abel Jack­son who has de­vel­oped a deep con­nec­tion with the ocean and has a life­long friend­ship with a gi­ant groper called Blueback.

“It’s mag­i­cal and quite a mov­ing story,” Bradley said.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 13 fam­ily passes to give away to Blueback on July 4. En­ter at­mu­ni­ be­fore June 26.

Bec Bradley in Blueback.

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