The Company of Bunk Puppets

Jeff Achtem 

Artistic Director & Performer:  Swamp Juice 

Too impatient to make films, Jeff discovered puppetry as a visual language for live cartoon story-telling.  He draws on a varied background in mime (Omnibus: Montreal), clown (Michel Dallaire: Hangar des Mines, France), mask (Rene Bazinet: Montreal) and puppetry.  On-stage, his productions have traveled the globe, with recent notable visits Off-Broadway (New York City), Soho Theatre (London West End) and across venues in Spain, Netherlands, Singapore, France, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, New Zealand, Australia & South Korea.

Tim Sneddon 

Performer:  Sticks Stones Broken Bones 

With a background in clowning, puppetry and physical theatre, Tim has worked with The DIG Collective, City Pigeons, and as a puppeteer for Camp Quality. HE also generates experiential theatre projects, and works as a creative director, curator and performer for works that have appeared in White Night (‘12 & ‘13) as well as the independent experimental solo performance festival "Unprovoked".  When not mucking around with puppets, Tim performs with the Melbourne-based theatrical funk ensemble Arthur Penn & the Funky Ten.

Hamish Fletcher 

Performer:  Slapdash Galaxy & production designer 

Hamish is a versatile puppeteer and puppet maker, & holds a Masters in Puppetry from Victoria College of the Arts. He has trained under Philipe Genty, Mary Underwood, Duda Paiva and Peter Wilson. and  a range of productions for ABC television, Sticky Pictures, Super Studios and Windmill Theatre, Arena Theatre, Victorian Opera, Men of Steel, MIFF and Circus Oz. He has toured to China, Japan, Malaysia,  UK, Ireland, USA, Singapore, Portugal & Canada.  He has won Best Host at Kidscreen 2012 as Hoot The Owl for ABC and Festival Directors award as part of Men of Steel at Melbourne Int’l Comedy Festival.

James Pratt 

Performer:  Swamp Juice 

James graduated from the John Bolton Theatre School where he trained in clown, character and mask theater .  He then co-founded the comedy physical theatre troupe The 4 Noels , who toured throughout Australia, New Zealand and Edinburgh.  In addition to his work with Bunk Puppets, James is a solo theatre maker and has written and performed 5 solo works. James is the director of the independent theatre company Company 13 and has worked with Back to Back Theatre and  Born in a Taxi.

Hew Parham  

Performer:  Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Emilie Bloom

Performer: new projects

Emilie Bloom is a comedic actor and physical comedy performer specialising in Clown.  She has a Diploma in Creative Industries and Theatre Arts. and has trained for two years at the professional Theatre School of Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France   During the course of her career her work has toured in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, regional theatres and festivals across Australia, New Zealand, Tokyo, the UK and Europe.  Emilie currently works with The Humor Foundation as a Melbourne Clown Doctor and is a studying a Diploma in Costume Design at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Belinda Green 

Production Monager : Australia & Asia 

Bindi has extensive tour management experience, touring with Polyglot Theatre, My Darling Patricia, Die Roten Punkte & Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey.  Based in Melbourne, Bindi has also worked as a Production and Stage Manager for Arts House, Melbourne Festival, Big West, Next Wave, Melbourne Theatre Company & Federation Square. She has especially enjoyed collaborating with artists like Tristan Meecham, one step at a time like this & Aphids  Her considerable travels with Bunk Puppets have taken her to Japan, Edinburgh, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Malta & across Australia.

David Geddes 

Performer : Slapdash Galaxy

Christian Bagin 

Performer:  new projects 

As a physical comedic character actor, puppeteer & clown, Mr Bagin  is a regular performer with Polyglot, Company 13, Make a Scene & Short Attention Space and has worked with directors Rosa Campagnaro, Anthony Lucas, Sue Giles, James Pratt, & Ian Pidd.  In 2017, he played Macbeth in Company 13's Macdeath, performing at the Arts Centre Melbourne and across regional Australia in 2018.  He also performed in the Inaugural Annual Dance Affair as the Bell Boy, played a Stink Police, worked with Make a Scene as a puppeteer in the Victorian Opera's version of Sleeping Beauty.

Nick Carver  

Musician - original score: Swamp Juice

Nick  plays double bass, ukulele & percussion in The Manny Fox Trio.   A  talented  multi-instrumentalist  & music  educator,  he  has  toured Australia, Canada, Nepal,  Botswana  &  Namibia  in  bands,  theatrical productions & educational tours.  Proficient in a wide variety of music genres, spanning from hardcore punk to traditional jazz, Carves is a accomplished musician with a strong DIY ethic.   As well as performing and composing in The Manny Fox Trio, Nick engineered and mastered the original score for Swamp Juice. .

David Henry 

Musician - original score:  Swamp Juice 

David is a multi-instrumentalist who works across genres.  He records and tours with the tropi-pop Manny Fox, the afro-groove of Papa Chango, and the acclaimed Melbourne Ska Orchestra.  He has performed as part of Australia and NZ’s foremost music festivals, including Byron Bay Blues Fest, Womad (Australia & New Zealand), & the Australiasian World Music Expo, which led to a Melbourne Ska Orchestra nomination for Best Live Act at the 2014 ARIA awards.  He has also worked sessionally with a range of artists including Dan Sultan, Mick Turner (Dirty Three), and producers from independent label Two Bright Lakes

Zoe Evershed  

collaborator: special projects: Mud Island

Zoe is a visual artist and teacher, with a Masters in Community Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts and Honours in Visual Arts (majoring in Photomedia) at the Canberra School of Arts, Australian National University. Zoe has exhibited her own work and curated numerous exhibitions across Australia, and dabbled in free-lance photography and illustration. She teaches art and leads art projects in both community and school settings, for people of all ages. She is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary projects and has previously collaborated with sound and video artists, and is now enjoying the unfolding possibilities of collaborating with Bunk Puppets and incorporating aspects of performance and puppetry into new projects.

Tristan Kelly 

Musician - original score: Swamp Juice 

Tristan is a singer, guitarist, composer and primary school teacher.  As the front man and songwriter for charismatic party band de jour, Manny Fox, he regularly leads dancefloors to a frenzy.   Recent appearances at : Folk, Rhythm, Life and Renaissance Festival, Brunswick Music Festival.  Tristan’s songs have been recorded by producers Nick Huggins and Joe Hammond, receiving airplay on Triple J, Triple R and PBS.  Manny Fox’s recent single single ‘Harry’ was directed by Brian Cohen at Umbershoot, and premiered on Tonedeaf.  Tristan also collaborates with Melbourne outfit Hello Satellites on guitar during live shows.

Bart Mangan  

production manager

Jules Chapple 

Performer - Mud Island 

With background in clown and theatre improvisation, Julian has performed with; ‘Sanctum Theatre’, ‘Compangie Articulate’, ‘Fur, Fat & Feathers - Songs of the South Seas’ Salty Serge, ‘Gherkin Games’ The Village, ‘Monsieur et Madeleine’ Art After Dark at the NGV, ‘In the Field’ Sense of Place Productions, Clench Object Theatre, The Laughter Project, 5 Angry Men, & Snuff Puppets.   As a designer, he has created puppets, installations, sets and props for dozens of theatre companies, festivals and arts events across Australia.

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