Yvette Turnball - Set & Costume Designer. Yvette is a graduate of the Bachelor of Production, majoring in Design at the Victorian College of the Arts. Some of Yvette's more recent credits include; Designer for SEX & DEATH by Samara Hersch for the Festival of Live Art 2016 at Arts House. Art Direction for The Inauguaral Annual Dance Affair (Reservoir) by True North Arts and Darebin Arts. Set & Costume Designer for The Theory of Everything by Thomas Quirk for THEATRE REPUBLIC at Brisbane Festival 2015. Set & Costume Designer for KINDNESS, by Bridget Mackey, co-directed by Alice Darling and Kate Shearman. Co-Designer for VIRGINS AND COWBOYS, by Morgan Rose Aldrich and directed by Dave Sleswick (Motherboard Productions) - both presented as part FLIGHT FESTIVAL at Theatreworks 2015. Set & Costume Designer for Reasons to Stay Inside by Katy Warner, directed by Prue Clark for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015. Site Design for DANCE MASSIVE at Artshouse 2015. Designer and Co-Host of THE EVERYDAY IMAGINARIUM, created by Tristan Meecham (All The Queens Men) for Going Nowhere Festival at Arts House. Design Associate to Jonathon Oxlade for GAMESHOW, by Aphids and Tristan Meecham for FOLA 2014. For more on Yvette Turnbull, check outwww.yvetteturnbull.com
Suzannah Espie - Co-creator, Vocals, Composition & Performer. Suzannah has been casting spells over audiences across the globe since she first took to the stage with her alt-country pop band GIT in 1997. On her latest, critically acclaimed, self-produced album Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today, she continues to mine the soulful and personal side of folk and country music. That she does so with such honesty and directness whilst still blending subtlety and beautiful melodies reinforces her standing as one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters. Espie has tackled the subject of motherhood on her new album and it’s a sumptuous and ornate affair that isn’t afraid to venture into the dark, fear-wracked corners of the maternal experience. The results have been staggering, igniting candid conversations about a largely untouched subject wherever she goes. The country soul sound of her music perfectly channels the emotion in her songs with great weight and sensitivity from traditional country to fragile folk. The album was nominated for The Age Victorian Music Awards Best Folk/Roots Album 2015 and made just about every Australian best of list for 2015, including Rhythms Magazine, Triple R fm Off The Record, the Courier Mail and Radio National just to name a few. Mothers Not Feeling Herself Today has topped her 2012 country-soul-blues-pop record ‘Sea of Lights’, which was picked in The Age EGs Top 15 Albums of 2012, won Rhythms Magazine’s ‘Album of the Year’, also scoring the prestigious Narni award from 3RRR’s Banana Lounge Broadcasters. In 2013 she joined an honour role of Australian musicians including John Butler and Archie Roach to win Port Fairy Folk Music Festival Maton Artist of The Year, and in 2008 she was named the MBAS Blues Performer of the Year.
Kyoko Imazu - Shadow Puppetry Design and Construction. Kyoko Imazu is a Japanese artist residing in Melbourne, Australia whose practice encompasses a range of mediums such as printmaking, shadow puppetry and installation. Her works are held in collections at National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland, State Library of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia and numerous private collections worldwide. She is a current Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. 2017 She has had many solo exhibitions including Secret Stories, Solander Gallery, (Wellington, New Zealand), Still-Summer, AG Gallery, (New York, United States), Come out to play, (Port Jackson Press, Collingwood, Australia), Storytellers, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, (Canberra, Australia), Small gathering, Consulate General of Japan, (Melbourne, Australia), Call of the Wild, (Odd One Out, Hong Kong) World of Kyoko Imazu, (AG Gallery, New York, United States), Tunnel books and Other Illuminations, Melbourne Athenaeum, Library, Feathers and Fur, Odd One Out, (Hong Kong), Animalis, Port Jackson Press, (Fitzroy, Australia), Adore, Bird’s gallery, (Kew, Australia) Mammals from Melbourne Museum, Consulate General of Japan, (Melbourne, Australia), In the Neighbourhood, Brunswick Street Gallery, (Fitzroy, Australia) Six Realms, Port Jackson Press, (Fitzroy, Australia). Kyoko is a current Artist-in-Resident at the State Library of Victoria.
Ben Grant - Co-creator & Dramaturge. Ben is thrilled to continue his longstanding association with Lemony S Puppet Theatre. A NIDA graduate, Ben has performed for many independent production companies as well as Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company and Radio National. Ben has always been interested in new Australian stories, creating four solo shows and performing in world premieres including Nick Enright’s St James Infirmary Blues in 1990, Jane Bodie’s Four Play in 2000, The UFO Show by Uncle Semolina (and Friends) in 2005, and The Life and Deaths of Don Koyote (The Old Van) and Hannie Rayson’s The Glass Soldier (Melbourne Theatre Company) in 2007. In 2011 Ben won a Green Room Award (Best Male Performance in Independent Theatre 2011) for his performance as Alfie in Angus Cerini’s Save For Crying at La Mama and for the last three years has been collaborating with world-renowned Quebecois director Robert Lepage as an actor/author in Playing Cards 2: Hearts. Ben was dramaturge on Lemony S Puppet Theatre’s award winning work Captives of the City and plays ‘Picasso’ in LSPT’s newest work Picasso and His Dog.
Rachel Burke – Lighting Design. Rachel’s awards include eight Green Room Awards in Theatre Lighting Design, IES Victorian and National Awards of Excellence for Lighting Design in 2005 & 2010 and Helpmann Award nominations in 2005 and 2015. Recent work includes the highly acclaimed Melbourne Fringe/La Mama season of Facing Medea directed by Jenny Kemp, The Ghetto Cabaret at 45 Downstairs directed by Gary Abrahams, Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill and directed by Jenny Kemp at Red Stitch, Barnum -The Circus Musical directed by Tyran Parke and starring Todd McKenny at The Comedy Theatre Melbourne and 33 Variations directed by Gary Abrahams and starring Ellen Burstyn also at The Comedy Theatre. SHIT (Dee & Cornelius) toured internationally to ongoing critical acclaim at the Venice Biennale and The Edinburgh Festival during August 2019. Rachel has an extensive body of work over three decades for main stage companies and the independent theatre and architectural lighting design sectors. She is a lecturer in performance design at University of Melbourne/Victorian College of the Arts.
Marco Cher-Gibard – Sound Design. Marco is an composer and artist using sound to explore contemporary culture, experience and expression. His award wining work for theatre and dance has been presented internationally by LIFT Festival (UK), Vienna Festwochen (Austria), Holland Festival (Holland), Theatre der Welt (Germany) and Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia) and He has worked with companies such as Back to Back Theatre, Chunky Move, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms. Recent projects include A Normal Child (Disability Slapstick Plan 2019), Memoir for the River and the Dictator for Lilian Stiener (The Substation, Dance Massive 2019), Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! (Ridiculusmus, Arts House 2018), Eavesdropping (Liquid Architecture, Ian Potter Museum 2018) Artist in Residence at Arts House (2018), Binaural Portraiture Beijing (2018), We All Know What’s Happening with Samara Hersch and Lara Thoms ( Arts House 2017), The Sedimentary Collective & Human Sundial with Zoe Scoglio (2017), New Breed for (Sydney Dance Company 2017), The Bee Project with Jen Rae (2017), Deep Sea Dances with Rebecca Jenson (Dance Massive 2017) and Vanishing Point with Shian Law (Dance Massive 2017).
Tamara Rewse - Performer/Puppeteer & Puppet Maker. Tamara has worked as a director, designer, devisor, maker, singer and performer in puppet and visual theatre since 1997, touring internationally and nationally. Her work includes: Human Layer, (2005 Melbourne Fringe Festival Most Visionary Award), the award winning Men of Steel (Voted 2007 Top 7 shows for Children-Time Out UK & 2006 Melb Comedy Festival Directors Award), COOP for Black Hole Theatre, Mr Freezy for Arena Theatre Company and Polyglot Theatre’s City of Riddles, Tangled Web and We Built This City, Skite Vikingr’s Tamagotchi Tam and Morbid Porn which won 2008 Short and Sweet FULL TILT Development Award and Runner-up Best Female Performer. Tamara spent 3 years periodically working in puppet theatres in Europe and in early 2009 undertook a residency at GlogauAIR in Berlin developing a new work called Tuckerbag which was exhibited at the Kunstraum Bethanian. Her skills include making props and puppets for film, television and theatre. Film and Television Credits include: The Chronicles of Narnia – Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2009), Mad Max 4 (2010), Eye of the Storm (2010) and Elephant Princess (2009). Her work in theatre making puppets and props include: Windmill Theatre’s GRUG (2010, Winner Best Show IPAY 2011), Escape from Peligro Island (2011) School Dance (2012) and Pinocchio (2012), Polyglot Theatre's City of Riddles and various prop and set making for Arena Theatre Company. Tam collaborated with Lemony S Puppet Theatre on Picasso and His Dog and toured with the show throughout 2019/2020.
Fiona Mcleod – Performer. Fiona has worked on stage, in television and film over her 25 year career, and is one of Australia’s leading voice artists. Fiona co-founded theatre company THE OTHER TONGUE with playwright Jane Bodie, touring nationally and internationally. Fiona has been nominated multiple times for Best Actress at the Green Room Awards for her roles in THE CITY by Martin Crimp at Red Stitch and CONSTRUCTION OF THE HUMAN HEART by Ross Mueller at the Malthouse Theatre. Fiona’s TV work is extensive, including recent roles on MY LIFE IS MURDER, HAMISH & ANDY’S TRUE STORY SEASONS 1&2, BACK IN VERY SMALL BUSINESS, WENTWORTH, OFFSPRING, 7 TYPES OF AMBIGUITY, LAID, PAPER GIANTS 2: THE MAGAZINE WARS, MISS FISHERS MURDER MYSTERIES and A DANGEROUS METHOD.
Film credits include NOISE, THE HEARTBREAK TOUR, LITTLE DEATHS and Mina in SHE WAS SHE, which has screened in Palm Springs USA and at MIFF. As well as her commercial voice-over work, Fiona also very much enjoys her work as an audio-book narrator where she gets to do one of her favourite things – sit and read stories aloud.
Erin Milne - Producer (Bureau of Works) Erin Milne is an independent producer whose practice is deeply driven by a passion for contemporary and experimental art that speaks to the here and now. Erin is a sought-after collaborator with some of Australia’s most distinctive and ambitious artists. She is a producing and curatorial associate of Experimenta Media Arts and Punctum Live Arts, sessional lecturer at Deakin University, and board member of both Chamber Made and Elbow Room Theatre. Erin was recently awarded an Australia Council ISPA Fellowship for 2020-2022 and is an alumnus of the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program.