Puppeteer sorts boxes, ties up Loose Ends for island audiences

Puppeteer sorts boxes, ties up Loose Ends for island audiences

Jon Solmundson

The Australian Government in collaboration with Country Arts WA are excited to be touring Loose Ends to Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands this March and April.

Join the inventive and kinetic performer Jens Altheimer in this one man show as he takes you on a magical journey, full of twists and surprises. Loose Ends is a story about friendship, loyalty and inventiveness. A man thinks he can organise all his life in boxes – boxes for everything; nails, shoes, plants, but also courage, fun or pain. It’s a highly visual, touching and unpredictable tale that will capture the hearts of children and adults alike.

The performance combines custom built contraptions, clowning, puppetry and circus. Jens, a master of creation, makes all sorts of inventions and machines, adding a quirky edge to traditional puppetry. The set is built from hard rubbish and op-shop treasures, transforming discarded household items to give them a new lease on life.

Presented by the Australian Government and Country Arts WA, Loose Ends will be touring to the Indian Ocean Territories between March and April 2018 kicking off with two shows on Christmas Island before heading over to perform on Home Island and West Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Country Arts WA Executive Director, Paul MacPhail said it was important to ensure everyone had access to quality performing arts, regardless of where they lived.

“It’s fantastic we can extend our regional reach to presenters on Christmas and Cocos Islands,” said Mr MacPhail.

“Our statewide presenting program gives all communities the opportunity to build their capacity to deliver shows and strengthen connections and creativity in their towns.

“We’re keen to see a diverse range of artforms take root and grow in our regional communities, and this program’s presenter-driven model is a great way to encourage that growth.

“The community’s choice to bring Loose Ends to the islands will provide plenty of entertainment for audiences young and old.”

All performances are free with the aim of making the event accessible to all community members.

The show is Jens’ most recent touring success, gathering wide acclaim through Victoria and South Australia – including a nomination for the Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Children’s Production.

Loose Ends will be locally presented by Arts and Culture Christmas Island, Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Cocos (Keeling) Islands District High School.

You can read the full details about the tour here, and check out the event page here.

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