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Rod Primrose


Rod was a member of Handspan Theatre for 15 years, a creative participant a conceptualiser, performer, puppet maker or designer in almost all of the company's productions during that time and a Board member for several years as well.

Growing up in Sydney, Rod trained as a drama teacher and was interested in mime and animation. He became fascinated by puppets, both their technical workings and their performance capacities and the psychology of the moving image1

He trained with Terrapin Puppet Theatre in Tasmania and came to Handspan in 1987, joining the company and performing in Out for A Duck.

Rod appeared in key roles in Handspan productions from 1987 - 2001. He was may have been thrown in the deep end, in the role of MC in Handspan's bicentennial production Waves of Change, performed in a swimming pool, he was the only member of the company who didn't have to get wet, during its performances held outdoors on chilly early spring nights.

In 1990, he played the Carpenter in The Wooden Child and participated in almost all company productions in the following decade, performing in its last touring production Lift 'Em Up Socks in Vienna in 2001.

Rod also made many of Handspan's puppets and performance images during his years with the company and which explored their techniques and operation in several Vignette sketches.

Since Handspan's closure, Rod has worked with Black Hole Theatre in Melbourne which he co-founded Handspan members, with Cliff Dolliver and Paul Newcombe in 1993.



  1. Rod Primrose: Black Hole Theatre website: Black Hole Theatre