About Elk Puppets

Puppetry is an ancient art form, a type of theatre in which an object or character comes to life with the assistance of the puppeteer. Elk Puppets (based in Melbourne, Victoria) uses the art of puppetry and combines storytelling, education and entertainment into engaging shows for all ages. We provide high quality, and affordable puppet shows suitable for children ages 3+ right through to seniors.
Our Story:

Elk Puppets is a small puppet business created by teacher Chris Elkington (B.Ed). Chris has been performing to schools and organisations as a hobby for many years. His passion for puppetry began at a very early age, performing with his family at nursing homes and Christmas gigs. Chris would puppeteer while his parents narrated a story. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education in 2009, Chris began to take his puppets into classrooms and other settings. Since then, Chris has conducted puppet workshops for schools, performed on children's camps, conferences, festivals, markets and senior citizen groups. He has also the authored of two picture books, published in 2013 and 2016. Chris has a certificate of puppetry and continually coached by Australian puppet animators. We are a member of UNIMA Australia, the Australian branch of UNIMA, the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (International Puppetry Association).

Our Puppets:

We have a large collection of puppets. From puppets collected overseas, shadow puppets, marionettes (string puppets), ventriloquist puppets and 'Muppet' style hand & rod puppets.

Elk Puppets specialises in hand puppetry with over 50 colourful monsters, talking animals and human hand-puppets. With the assistance of a local Melbourne puppet builder 'Sonshine Puppets', Elk Puppets have created custom characters such as the Incredible Calvin, 'Awooga the Wolf', 'Fizz' the Fluffy Monster, 'The White Rabbit', 'The Little Pink Pigs' and 'Mr Postman' just to name a few...   

Our shows:

Elk Puppets present all your childhood favourites such as traditional fairy tales, nursery rhymes with a twist and shows for different seasons of the year all magically come to life in our story theatre. Productions include 'Santa's Puppet Adventure', 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Jack & Jill's Adventure', 'Mary's Little Lamb goes to school' and many more! We even create stories based on history and values such as courage. Check out our amazing show list below. There's over 20 shows to choose from.  

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Do you run workshops?

Yes, our workshops include learning about different types of puppets from around the world, hands on puppet training and mastering script writing. Puppet Workshops are especially great for kids aged 9-14 years. We have also presented workshops to groups of staff as a team building experience. 

What to expect:

Shows are always entertaining with a story, game and interactive moments. Suitable for children and grown ups. We have professional puppet theatre that is portable with sound equipment and music. Our set up time is 20 minutes with performances ranging from 20-50 minutes depending on your request. It's something unique and different, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

What are the costs?

Our pricing guide is in the PDF below. 

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What type of space do you require?

Our professional puppet theatre has a height of 1.8 metres and a length of 2.4 metres. We also require 1-2 metres behind the stage to set up our puppets and microphones. Elk Puppets can bring PA equipment. We ask that the space is a flat surface (carpet, asphalt and artificial grasses are fine). Elk Puppets can perform outdoors (weather permitting). 

Do you align with school curriculum?

Yes, we are able to tailor shows to your needs. Elk Puppets will ensure that it meet your expectations and curriculum outcomes. We suggest that you get in contact with us and arrange a time for a discussion on your event and what you would like your students to achieve.

Insurance, ABN & Child Safety

We have insurance through 'Duck for Cover Entertainment' and are a registered business ABN number 19 746 494 410.

Elk Puppets cares for the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. We have a duty of care to our audience. Elk Puppets endeavours to provide safe and empowering shows respecting cultural diversity, backgrounds and the needs of others. Team members have current Working with Children Checks & teacher registrations.   

You can contact Elk Puppets at chris@elkinspired.com.au or visit us at facebook.com/elkpuppets

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