Larrikin Puppets performs colourful and exciting puppet shows and interactive puppetry workshops featuring zany characters and catchy songs. Highly entertaining and captivating, Larrikin Puppets’ fast-paced, feel-good puppetry celebrates fun, kindness and diversity while nurturing child development, encouraging audiences to talk, dance, sing and play along.
Puppet Shows and Party Entertainment
Award-winning Larrikin Puppets, established in 2012, is a thriving Australian puppetry arts company founded by Brett Hansen. His wife, Elissa Jenkins, joins him as co-puppeteer. They specialise in children’s entertainment and kids’ music.
Brett and Elissa, who have received training in the USA under Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street, provide child and family audiences with wide-eyed wonder, joy and laughs from beginning to end.
Fun characters Troggg, Marina, Freerange the Chicken, Scrambles, Frizzby, Flossy and their cast of puppet friends capture the imaginations of children and bring out every adult’s inner child.
Larrikin Puppets is passionate about bringing wide-eyed wonder to children and families everywhere and work each day to make the world a more whimsical place for them to enjoy.
Larrikin Puppets has music for kids aged 3-7, available to listen and download. Breaking new ground in electronic music, their songs feature simple lyrics with contemporary music that appeals to parents and older siblings while not talking down to kids.
Their songs are available on over 150 different music streaming services including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Google Play and even Tiktok – https://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/music/https://www.larrikinpuppets.com.au/music/
Kids’ Puppet Shows
Child and family audiences will adore Larrikin Puppets’ popular, zany comedy-variety show, ideal for childcare centres, schools, libraries, shopping centres, festivals, pubs and clubs. These puppet shows are hilarious, fast-paced crowd-pleasers, chock-full of child development principles and creative play.
They perform for intimate audiences at libraries and childcare centres, as well as massive audiences at public festivals and shopping centres. To this day, Brett also performs his solo puppet show for birthday parties.
Themed Puppet Shows
Larrikin Puppets has a suite of shows and incursions for theatres, schools and libraries in addition to their popular comedy-variety puppet show. There’s “Story time with Larrikin Puppets”, which is great for Book Week and other celebrations of literature. They have “Our Planet At Play: An Environmental Sustainability Puppet Show”, “Marina’s Marine Adventure”, “What A Wonderful World: A Social Science Puppet Show”, and “All Together Now: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity”, as well as puppet shows themed around kindness and anti-bullying, health and well being, Christmas and Australia Day.
Larrikin Puppets provides national curriculum aligned Puppet Shows and Workshops for Primary Schools (Years Prep-6) as well as Drama and Film & TV Workshops for High Schools (Years 7-12).
Larrikin Puppets runs beginner puppet workshops for children aged 5 and up, ideal for schools, vacation care, libraries, festivals, cruise ships, holiday resorts and theatres.
These workshops give students of any age and ability the rare opportunity to learn puppetry techniques and practice puppetry using real hand puppets. Whether you select a puppetry performance workshop, sock puppet making craft workshop or film and TV monitor puppetry workshop, everyone will learn the techniques that bring Muppet-style puppet characters to life.
Learning how to perform with puppets in a fun, supportive environment can help kids improve communication, build confidence, develop creativity, build fine and gross motor skills, and bring joy.
Larrikin Puppets tours these magical, educational puppetry workshops across Australia.
To find out more, please visit the Larrikin Puppets website.