The Company of Bunk Puppets

Jeff Achtem

Artistic Director & Performer:  Swamp Juice & Bunkasaurus

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 & Bunkasaurus

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.

Emilie Bloom 

Performer: Bunkasaurus

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.

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. .

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.

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.

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.


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