Category: Puppetry

Big MAMA Productions

Song for the Mardoowarra

Song for the Mardoowarra Song for the Mardoowarra is an extremely beautiful puppetry work suitable for all ages.  It an exciting example of inclusive theatre where it can engage and work with the community on a number of entry levels from: puppetry and science workshops with children, those children have the opportunity to participate in…
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UNIMA and a Million Puppets

Gwen was contracted by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to work with a number of communities across Western Australia to create puppets to go into the Guinness book of records attempt to create a million puppets.

Carnival of Light

200 hand made and hand held lanterns, several large lanterns, 200 children and 30 adult voice choir, live band made up of key Broome musicians, dancers and fire twirlers made up an truly magical performance on the mud of Roebuck Bay during the Shinju Matsuri 2012.  The performance was adapted from one that Gwen helped…
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A Ship of Dreams

A Musical Drama for Children Written by by Mary Durack, With Music by June Fitzgerald, Adapted by Gwen Knox 2008, musical director Damion Watkiss. Gwen performed in the original production in 1968. She was thrilled to be able to adapt and direct the 2008 production. When this play was first performed in 1968 it was a…
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Staircase to the Moon

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Indigenous local author Bronwyn Houston, Gwen Knox is writer director of the play. The story is inspired by the natural phenomenon of the staircase to the moon where the moon reflects on the mudflats at low tide on Roebuck Bay, Broome. The great music written by local,…
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Ngalyak and the Flood

There is an old Nyikina man who sits under a tree carving wood with his old pocket knife. As he carves he tells the story of Ngalyak or the Luma Lizard. He cracks jokes and laughs a lot. Next to him is his bag of tools and a collection of lizards that he has already…
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Shadows, Dreams and Memories

Traces the story of Japanese woman who lived in Jap Town, Broome in the early 20th Century. Her man is at sea. She writes him letters of love until she receives a letter to confirm that her man has been lost forever to tragedies that often stalk the pearling industry.  Excerpts performed at UNIMA Perth in…
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“Two Rivers Talking” Puppetry Workshops

“Two Rivers Talking” puppetry workshops with the Pandanas Park kids in the second week of the last school holidays. Great fun with Bernadette Agatha Trench-Thiedeman and Karen Hethey, Anne Poelina, Meredith Bell Even Jabby came out of his suitcase!thanks Danielle Odore and tropical upholstery for all the foam.


Jabby is a puppet character created by Gwen Knox. He is based on the old Aboriginal men that had such an impact on Gwen’s childhood as the daughter of a Kimberley cattle station manager and butcher, men that taught her to ride horses and filled her head with stories.  The name Jabby comes from the…
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