Blueback lets Bec switch roles
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 at www.communitynews.com.au before June 26.
Bec Bradley in Blueback.