Performance date September, 1996
Venue Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria

Swim Handspan Theatre large cane fish painted in brown tones following white jelly fish on parade down a crowded city street

Swim : Fringe Festival Parade, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Photographer: Unknown, 1996

SWIM continued Handspan's tradition of participation in the Melbourne Fringe Festival Parade and built on the success of Handspan's 1995 award winning parade entry Enrapture.

Swim Handspan Theatre large cane fish waving at overhead camera in crowded street parade

Photographer: Unknown, 1996
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Students from Swinburne University’s Small Theatre Production Course' course, with Handspan members and a new generation of their offspring, participated in the creation and performance of the production led by Katrina Gaskell, Alison Bogg and Megan Cameron.

SWIM as its title suggests represented swimming in many of its forms. Large processional puppet fish were made from cane frames, covered with paper and painted in tropical fish patterns and colours. Puppeteers wearing an array of outlandish beach attire, goggles, flippers and the like, manipulated the fish.

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Creative team
Katrina Gaskell
Alison Bogg
Megan Cameron

Avril McQueen
Bill Rogers
Max Rogers
Lizz Talbot
Grace Lethlean
Laura Lethlean
Carmelina Di Guglielmo
Liss Gabb
Megan Cameron
Katrina Gaskell
Alison Bogg
Dion Teasdale
Swinburne students unknown

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