Puppets, politics and the internet

Are the arts taken seriously in Australia? This seems to be an eternal debate, that can only be judged by the quality of art that gets produced. What local theatre have I seen recently? Nothing to rock your socks off, that’s for sure! Occasionally I see something that inspires my desire to create, but the normal reaction is “that was not great!”… The time has come to change this attitude.
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Are the arts taken seriously in Australia? This seems to be an eternal debate, that can only be judged by the quality of art that gets produced. What local theatre have I seen recently? Nothing to rock your socks off, that’s for sure! Occasionally I see something that inspires my desire to create, but the normal reaction is “that was not great!”… The time has come to change this attitude.

Puppetry is a little known art-form, especially in the western world, that brings together all the arts – design, sculpture, painting, writing, sewing, music, singing, performance, movement, directing, choreography and many others.

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Gary Friedman
About the Author
Gary Friedman was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1956. From an early age the puppet and its potential in communication fascinated him. In 1976, he studied drama at the University of Cape Town. During the eighties, Gary obtained a French Government scholarship to further his puppetry studies at the Institute Internationale de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres, France. Today Gary runs a Visual Theatre, Puppetry-in-Education and Puppetry-for-Film and Television consultancy, based at the Sydney Film School in Australia.