David Morton, Creative Director and Nicholas Paine, Executive Producer
David Morton and Nicholas Paine were drama students at QUT when they founded Dead Puppet Society and created its first revolutionary visual theatre production, Little Grey Wolf, in 2009.
The haunting tale of grief, guilt and innocence melded live performance with puppetry and premiered at Metro Arts as part of the Under The Radar program for Brisbane Festival that same year.
“It was the first time we’d worked in a professional theatre and it absolutely marked the beginning of our careers,” Nicholas said.
Dead Puppet Society has grown and taken flight, collaborating with artists and companies across the globe, but its Brisbane roots remain firmly planted.
The company again chose Brisbane Festival for the world premiere of its technicolour, multimedia masterpiece Laser Beak Man in 2017 and returns in 2021 to debut Ishmael.
“Brisbane Festival provides a moment of celebration for artists and our city, a chance for the whole town and its creative community to come together,” Nicholas said.
The duo said Brisbane’s strong, supportive and collaborative artistic community kept them anchored in the city.
“Brisbane is a fabulous engine-room for new performance work and independent companies are particularly thriving,” David said.
“We’re still doing what we do because we have ultimate belief in the power of people coming together to make something they couldn’t achieve alone.
“Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves, that our little Brisbane-born company has let us work all over the world.”