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Welcome to Talking Sock, a One Orange Sock production.
Hosted by Pete Davidson, this interview series shines a spotlight on some of Australia's greatest puppeteers, puppet builders and practitioners. We talk sock about the business of puppetry in Australia and are putting Australian puppetry power on the proverbial podcasting map! Hourly interviews from names including Richard Bradshaw, Sue Wallace (Sydney Puppet Theatre/ ImagineArta) and Philip Millar (Formally Creature Technologies/ Puppetvision) give us and YOU a chance to ask our industries best - "Why puppets and how'd you get there?".
We've curated this series to appeal to the performers, the producers, the builders and the curious general public. Episodes focus on all forms and styles of puppetry as well as its applications in art, design, theatre, education and the wider world. There is truly something for everyone here at Talking Sock Podcast.
Find notes for each episode on our website: www.oneorangesock.com
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Welcome to Talking Sock, a One Orange Sock production.
Hosted by Pete Davidson, this interview series shines a spotlight on some of Australia's greatest puppeteers, puppet builders and practitioners. We talk sock about the business of puppetry in Australia and are putting Australian puppetry power on the proverbial podcasting map! Hourly interviews from names including Richard Bradshaw, Sue Wallace (Sydney Puppet Theatre/ ImagineArta) and Philip Millar (Formally Creature Technologies/ Puppetvision) give us and YOU a chance to ask our industries best - "Why puppets and how'd you get there?".
We've curated this series to appeal to the performers, the producers, the builders and the curious general public. Episodes focus on all forms and styles of puppetry as well as its applications in art, design, theatre, education and the wider world. There is truly something for everyone here at Talking Sock Podcast.
Find notes for each episode on our website: www.oneorangesock.com
Follow our socials:
Instragram and Facebook @oneorangesockproductions
and on Twitter @talkingsockcast
Like what you are listening to? Please consider supporting our podcast on Patreon. Your support will help us transcribe the podcast for accessibility and will help sustain the show. You can offer your support here,

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    Out of The Shadows Into The Spotlight - Part 2 - Richard Bradshaw

    Out of The Shadows Into The Spotlight - Part 2 - Richard Bradshaw

    Giving Life to Puppetry
    In this second episode of our two-part interview with Richard Bradshaw, we discuss UNIMA Australia, a book about shadow puppets, Norman Hetherington of Mr Squiggle and how Richard makes his puppets so distinct and engaging for young audiences.
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    World renowned shadow puppet master Richard Bradshaw needs no introduction to the international puppetry community. His work has been seen by millions through a life time of stage performances all over the world and through television appearances including “The Muppet Show” and an hour-long documentary in the series “Jim Henson Presents The World of Puppetry”. Australian children grew up with performances of his shadow artistry on ABC TV’s “Playschool”, where his shadow puppets were broadcast for over 30 years. 
    From 1976 to 1983 Richard was Artistic Director of Australia’s then largest puppetry company, the Marionette Theatre of Australia. Under his directorship the company secured a permanent theatre space in The Rocks in Sydney. As Artistic Director, Richard introduced modern puppetry techniques to Australian audiences and inspired many young puppeteers who were given the opportunity to work and learn from some of Australia’s best puppeteers and puppet makers.
    Richard has performed with his shadow puppets for audiences of children and adults for over 50 years to over 25 countries. 
    In 1986 Richard received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “for services to the arts as a puppeteer” and in 1987 he shared the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award “for sustained excellence in the field of puppetry”. 
    Richard been a member of the international puppetry organisation, UNIMA, since 1964 and helped to establish UNIMA Australia in 1970. He is an honorary member of both organisations, and was President of UNIMA Australia from 2004 to 2008.
    In 2015 he published his book “Richard Bradshaw’s Guide to Shadow Puppets”, where he shares his techniques for designing, constructing, and performing with silhouette shadow puppets.
    Make sure you check out the show notes on our website
    And join the conversation on our socials
    @talkingsockcast (Twitter)
    @oneorangesockproductions (Instagram)
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    • 48 min
    Out of the Shadows, into The Spotlight - Part 1 - Richard Bradshaw

    Out of the Shadows, into The Spotlight - Part 1 - Richard Bradshaw

    A Life In Puppetry
    In this first half of our two-part interview with Richard Bradshaw, we talk about his beginnings at The Clovelly Puppet Theatre and The Marionette Theatre of Australia, his travels as a touring performer and his time with Jim Henson and Caroll Spinney
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    World renowned shadow puppet master Richard Bradshaw needs no introduction to the international puppetry community. His work has been seen by millions through a life time of stage performances all over the world and through television appearances including “The Muppet Show” and an hour-long documentary in the series “Jim Henson Presents The World of Puppetry”. Australian children grew up with performances of his shadow artistry on ABC TV’s “Playschool”, where his shadow puppets were broadcast for over 30 years. 
    From 1976 to 1983 Richard was Artistic Director of Australia’s then largest puppetry company, the Marionette Theatre of Australia. Under his directorship the company secured a permanent theatre space in The Rocks in Sydney. As Artistic Director, Richard introduced modern puppetry techniques to Australian audiences and inspired many young puppeteers who were given the opportunity to work and learn from some of Australia’s best puppeteers and puppet makers.
    Richard has performed with his shadow puppets for audiences of children and adults for over 50 years to over 25 countries. 
    In 1986 Richard received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “for services to the arts as a puppeteer” and in 1987 he shared the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award “for sustained excellence in the field of puppetry”. 
    Richard been a member of the international puppetry organisation, UNIMA, since 1964 and helped to establish UNIMA Australia in 1970. He is an honorary member of both organisations, and was President of UNIMA Australia from 2004 to 2008.
    In 2015 he published his book “Richard Bradshaw’s Guide to Shadow Puppets”, where he shares his techniques for designing, constructing, and performing with silhouette shadow puppets.
    Make sure you check out the show notes on our website
    And join the conversation on our socials
    @talkingsockcast (Twitter)
    @oneorangesockproductions (Instagram)
    Please consider becoming a Patron and support home grown creative content. Your support will help us make this podcast more accessible in creating Transcripts and will help us be able to sustain this cast!
    Thanks for listening to #TalkingSockpodcast

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    • 56 min
    Bananas! - Kay Yasugi

    Bananas! - Kay Yasugi

    Kay Yasugi has fashioned herself into a staple of Australian puppetry. Based in Sydney, Kay brings her true sense of joy to every performance, workshop and puppet she brings to life. She is a powerhouse theatre maker, performer and builder trying to create as many opportunities for puppeteers in Australia as she can. In this episode we talk about Kay’s love of Puppets, but also her love of puns! We find out about the landscape for learning puppetry at a tertiary level in Australia and ask Kay about how her experiences at The London School of Puppetry shaped her career. We follow this with a huge chat about all things puppetry in Australia today, Kay's show - Haenyeo Women of The Sea and get really, really into bananas when we meet her puppet pal, Chee Chee.

    Where to Find Kay
    Pupperoos: https://www.pupperoos.com/
    Digital Seagull: http://www.digitalseagull.com/
    Instagram: @kay_yasugi
    Twitter: @pupperoos
    Find show notes for this episode at: https://sites.google.com/view/oneorangesock/talking-sock/episode-3-kay-yasugi
    Join the conversation on Twitter @talkingsockcast
    And find us on Instagram @oneorangesockproductions
    Do you create or collaborate? What is puppetry’s appeal to you in this age of DIY?
    How many puppet puns can you deliver us on Twitter?
    Tell us about a time where you’ve connected to some one using a puppet…
    Puppeteers, Whats the BEST piece of feedback you’ve received about your work?
    Where do you present new work in Australia? Give a shout out to great venues you know?
    Could you write the book on Puppetry! Talk to us?
    Would you attend a school of puppetry in Sydney? Tell us what you’d love to learn!
    Thanks for listening to #talkingsockpodast.

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    Dinosaurs! - Philip Millar

    Dinosaurs! - Philip Millar

    This week, its all about Dinosaurs!
    I think when you have a passion about something, and you've held that passion for a long time, that is something to be celebrated!
    Philip Millar loves Dinosaurs. And boy I'm glad he does. He's brought dinosaurs back to life for Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Creature Technologies and through his own company, Puppet Vision.
    In this week's episode of Talking Sock, we talk about Philip's history with puppets and his journey in taking Dinosaurs and other larger than life creatures to the next level in entertainment.
    As a member of Creature Technologies, Philip helped developed Walking With Dinosaurs and also worked as a sculpture for Ron Mueck and Patricia Piccinini. Furthermore, he was the co-artistic director of Polyglot Puppet Theatre and started out working with Handspan Theatre Company.
    Philip has found himself looking back on a career filled with creativity and has shown no signs of slowing down. With Puppetvision, he continues to work in building commercial puppets while producing and directing his own shows. Whats most impressive, I think, is the versatility and technical skill Philip applies to problem solving using new media.
    Listen in to find out how Philip approaches producing new theatre and creating new puppets from every imaginable material.
    And head to One Orange Sock's website for links and mentions related to this cast.

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    • 47 min
    Master and Apprentice - Katherine Hannaford

    Master and Apprentice - Katherine Hannaford

    Welcome! We are so excited to bring you our first episode, published on World Puppetry Day, March 21, 2020.
    We all have a stake in talking about education, because we have all been to school. It has fascinated me that the more puppeteers and practitioners I come across, the more I found they have a background as an educator in some way. Katherine Hannaford is no exception to the rule. An art trained teacher librarian in a Western Sydney public high school, Katherine has brought truckloads of puppetry to her students. What’s more, she is immersing it into her curriculum writing in STEAM - a huge buzz word of the industry at the moment. And as my puppet mentor - it seems only fitting to begin this series with her.Katherine’s puppet story begins with her deep gratitude and adoration of her teacher, Marie-Martine Ferrari. Ferrari worked with Henson at the 1987 Festival of Puppetry in Charleville-Mezieres. At 23, Katherine would make the long journey to Canberra as often as she could to be taught how to build in Ferrari’s unique style of puppet making. As a practicing puppet builder for over 15 years, mostly in the Muppet style, Katherine entered my life about 4 years ago as my first puppet making teacher. The deep connection she has to her teacher and to her students is what makes Katherine a world class educator who I am so appreciative to know as my puppet master. More information including links to various people, places and things mentioned in this episode can be found on the One Orange Sock website.
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    Launching on Saturday March 21 World Puppetry Day
    Welcome to Talking Sock! An originally Australian puppet podcast.
    Created and Produced by Pete Davidson at One Orange Sock Productions, we can't wait to release our first episodes this coming Saturday.
    Hear interviews with puppet builder Katherine Hannaford, Creature Technologies Alumni and creator of Puppetvision Philip Millar, UNIMA Australia General Secretary and owner operator at Pupperoos Kay Yasugi, and Shadow Puppetry legend, Richard Bradshaw.
    Subsequent episodes will be released weekly throughout Autumn.
    You can find out more at oneorangesock.com
    and find us on our socials:
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    Twitter: @talkingsockcast
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justchaddles ,

A must-listen for puppet nerds!

One of my favourite things is listening to people talk passionately about their "thing", the thing that makes them happy, lights them up, and challenges them to grow. I've found that no matter how niche the topic, I always find myself leaning in to learn more. Such is the case with Talking Sock! I would say I have a very base-level understanding and curiosity with puppets, but the conversations Pete has with his guests are spectacular and engaging. Makes me wish a had a bunch of craft supplies to start playing with the idea of making my own puppets! Wonderful podcast, highly recommend it for anyone who is aetsy, creative, curious, or even technically-minded. New favourite!

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