|Venue||Exhibition Hall, Royal Melbourne Show, Flemington|
CAPTAIN KOALA was a commission from the Country Fire Authority, Victoria, to produce two plays about fire safety for its exhibition area at the Royal Melbourne Show. The work was brought to Handspan by its writer/director, Jon Stephens, at the time, Company Chair.
The plays were performed in a static set representing a rural Australian home. Puppeteer/actors were dressed in yellow firefighter overalls operating bunraku style puppet characters.
The work was devised and constructed to impart CFA information to children attending the Show in and its half-hour performances played 6 shows daily during its season.
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|Manipulation Director||Jenni Fogarty|
|Captain Kangaroo||Paul Eperjesi|
|Girl & Boy||Mary Coustas|
|Bird & Fire & Fireman||Michael Blair|
|Captain Koala||Maeve Vella|
|Set construction & painting||Cliff Dolliver & Paul Newcombe|
|Puppet maker||Michele Spooner|
|September 1987||10 days|
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