PUPPET MASTER: Jeff Achtem is leading the Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones shadow puppet show at the Ipswich Art Gallery.
PUPPET MASTER: Jeff Achtem is leading the Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones shadow puppet show at the Ipswich Art Gallery. PHOTO Contributed

Shadows come alive with puppet show

STICKS, Stones, Broken Bones is a fun-filled shadow-puppet show that is full of surprises for children and adults alike these school holidays.

The world-wide show is captivatingly performed by Jeff Achtem of Bunk Puppets.

"We make shadows out of crazy household items so the kids can watch the characters come to life," Mr Achtem said.

"The adults walk out laughing as much as the children are.

"Each character has a life of its own - the audience follows a simple story line that's slightly scary, touching and has a lot of comedy throughout."

From flying chickens to brain transplants and sneaky ninjas - the quirky performance seems to have it all.

Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones was awarded the Best Newcomer and Spirit of the Fringe Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2010; it was also the winner of the Adelaide Fringe 2011 for Best Puppet Show and was awarded Best Show at the Perth Fringe 2012.

The show has toured more than 15 countries and will be stopping by Ipswich Art Gallery from Saturday, June 27, to July 11.

The 45-minute show will be performed daily excluding Sunday, July 5, at varying times.

Tickets cost $7 each and bookings are essential. Book at ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au.



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