Presented by Bunk Puppets
Reviewed 18 February 2018
Swamp Juice is a must see show for all ages. In an era where reduce, reuse, recycle has become a way of life, these extrodinary puppets demonstrate just what can be done with bits of rubbish to turn them in to something quite spectacular. Shadow puppets of all sizes are bought to life in this fun story about life in a swamp and the interactive nature of the show has you captivated by the incredible art of shadow puppetry and the sheer skill needed to be a puppeteer. Engaging from start to finish this show has a beauty about it rarely seen in shows for children. It transports you to the swamp where it takes place and immerses you in the lives of the characters as well as giving you a first hand account of just how this beautiful art form is made.
The 3D ending is something quite unique and had everyone laughing as all the children reached to touch the creatures coming out of the screen. With so many family shows to choose from this Fringe season do yourself a favour and make sure you see Swamp Juice as it is a show your children will still be talking about with you weeks later. It isn’t just for families though as anyone with an interest in picking a show for a lovely afternoon out would also find just as much joy in this show which is why it is so good.
Special mention to the puppeteer who brings this spectacular show to life: he is charismatic and his stage persona adds a whole new level to this show. It is one thing to be mesmarized by clever puppets and the story taking place on the screen but it is a whole other thing to watch someone so talented work themselves in to the show in a way that it jumps from screen to stage and involves the audience from start to finish. The 3D element at the end is brilliant but the 3D element of a human character the whole way through is what really brings this show to life.
Reviewed by Tara Forbes-Godfrey
Venue: Royal Croquet Club- Empire Theatre
Season: February 24th & 25th March 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th & 18th
Duration: 55 minutes
Tickets: $22-$25 $80 for a Family