Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughto­n

PLAY­ING a croc­o­dile called Miss Lily is all in a day’s work for Spare Parts Pup­pet The­atre per­former Bec Bradley.

“I’ve done quite a bit of vo­cal train­ing, which has helped as she’s quite a dame,” Bradley said.

“She’s very dra­matic and enor­mous be­cause she’s a body and rod pup­pet the size of me; I wear her with a har­ness that I at­tach to my body.

“This show is one of the most en­er­getic I’ve done here and it’s like do­ing a fit­ness class ev­ery time.”

Bradley is in a cast of three pre­sent­ing Miss Lily’s Fab­u­lous Feather Boa, which is based on the book by Mar­garet Wild, dur­ing the sum­mer school hol­i­days.

It is the re­turn sea­son for the 45-minute pro­duc­tion, af­ter it pre­miered in 2012 with a dif­fer­ent cast.

“It’s set in Miss Lily’s trop­i­cal hol­i­day guest house,” Bradley said.

“A fam­ily of wom­bats and a fam­ily of koalas come to stay and a lone po­toroo ar­rives who is very shy and feel­ing quite lonely, be­liev­ing he is the last po­toroo.”

Miss Lily’s feather boa pro­vides the po­toroo with a sense of won­der and con­fi­dence when she per­forms a dance for her guests.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful story about friend­ship, self-be­lief, think­ing about your ac­tions and con­se­quences,” Bradley said.

“Al­though it’s full of Aus­tralian an­i­mals and themes, it’s a play about the hu­man con­di­tion.”

Bradley said Wild had cre­ated such vivid and well-por­trayed char­ac­ters in her book through the draw­ings and nar­ra­tive that it had been easy to trans­late them into pup­pets.

“There is a lot of hu­mour in the show, the other two per­form­ers (Shane Adam­czack and Nick Pages-Oliver) are very skilled co­me­di­ans. It makes it a lot of fun for us to per­form.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d447181

Bec Bradley in Mis­sLily’sFab­u­lousFeathe­rBoa.

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