#Dreamer in the Deep - Live or Online

Dream Puppets

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The underwater world comes to life in vivid fluorescent colours in this mesmerising, beautiful, exquisitely puppeteered show.
Patrick McDonald. The Adelaide Advertiser 5 stars

“One of the best examples of visual theatre I’ve seen. Excellent! Accessible yet enthralling for all. Richard is a most generous performer. His after show expose was as fascinating as the performance.
Tim Bell, Point Lonsdale Primary. VIC.

In Dreamer in the Deep, the third adventure in the Dreamer series, Dreamer dons a wet suit and flippers and descends into the depths of the ocean.

There, a leafy sea dragon (a creature found only in the waters around south east Australia) asks for help to find its mate who has been kidnapped by a greedy lionfish.

With a sea horse as a guide and travelling companion, Dreamer travels to the seaweed forests in the temperate seas, to the bottom of the ocean in a submarine and to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. They meet many beautiful, exotic and dangerous sea creatures along the way and make a narrow escape from a curious and hungry anglerfish.

In Dreamer in the Deep we observe sea life in all its diversity and wonder. We even meet an accordion playing crab and his aspiring opera singer cleaning shrimp!

Style of Puppetry:
The style of puppetry is black light combined with other lighting and experimental colour
effects, scrims, and manipulation of scale creating a detailed and vivid three dimensional
There is no spoken dialogue. The story is told visually with the support of original soundtracks
created especially for the Dreamer productions by Melbourne composer, John Grant. The
performances use black light and rod puppets within an enclosed booth. Although the
puppeteers are completely invisible, the puppets and props glow under the blacklight,
resulting in a magical and convincing illusion.

Teachers' notes with follow up activities and puppet designs are available upon booking.

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This show was devised by Richard Hart of Dream Puppets.
Performer, puppet maker and puppeteer: Richard Hart; Puppet maker and singer: Julia Davis Composer and soundtrack: John Grant.
Dream Puppets have performed this award-winning show in schools, and at festivals in Australia and overseas, including Korea, China, Singapore and Argentina.

More Reviews

This magical visual journey was well received:evident by the rapturous appreciation of parents and children alike as they discovered new sea creatures, clearly naming each one, and watched the food cycle as small fish were chased/eaten by big ones.
Kylie Pedler, Adelaide Theatre Guide 2013 Rating 5 stars (out of 5)

“Excellent. Beautiful integrated puppetry performance. Clever, engaging and funny.”
(Michael Mack, Kildare Catholic College, Wagga Wagga. N.S.W.

“Excellent! Terrific use of lights, colour, movement and sound to portray the story (Dreamer in the Deep). The puppetry movements were very life like and believable.” A very entertaining performance.
Gordon Orchard, Years 8 and 9 St Augustine’s College, Gailes QLD.

“Excellent! Very professional. Richard related well to the students and spent a lot of time post performance explaining the skills involved. The children were spellbound by the performance.”
Katie Koffmann, for Year 7,Kurunjang Secondary College, Melton. VIC.

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

Kinder to 3-6

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, The Arts - Visual Arts, Science


Puppetry, Black Light Theatre, Visual Effects, Movement And Mime Marine Life, The Food-chain, Coastal Waters, Tropical Waters And Coral Reefs, Endangered Species


Puppetry, Visual Arts


Performance runs for 45 minutes (plus question time afterwards)


LIVE PERFORMANCES: $440 (inc.GST) for up to 100 students. $4.40 each for additional students. For large numbers, we can offer up to 3 shows a day. ONLINE SCREENINGS: $440 per screening, followed by Zoom Questions and Up Close with the Puppets.

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


Adelaide and within 150 km from the CBD. (Negotiable)
black light to be effective. SEMI DARKNESS IS SUFFICIENT. The performer will provide some free-standing screens for windows.

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