Puppets to light up Seaworks in Williamstown

The Guardian roars into Williamstown. (Supplied) 235969_01

Goya Dmytryshchak

Large-scale puppetry company, A Blanck Canvas will host a one-night-only ‘Puppet Mayhem’ event in Williamstown this month to celebrate the return of the arts post COVID-19.

Director Joe Blanck said the pandemic was a harrowing time for many small business owners and sole operators, particularly those in the arts.

Since 2020, A Blanck Canvas has had a space at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, labelled the ‘The Playground’.

It was envisaged this would become a community arts hub for performers, puppeteers, musicians and locals but then COVID hit.

“I didn’t know if we would open the doors to the workshop again,” Blanck said.

“We had grand plans for our space at Seaworks, which came to a screeching halt, as did a lot of things, during COVID lockdowns.

“However, following COVID and the cancellation of many events, I feel this space is more important than ever.”

Puppet Mayhem will feature giant illuminated puppets, including a 10-metre long lion named The Guardian.

There will be acts, shows and activations from local, independent artists, including live music, giant flies and spiders performing aerial shows, stilt walkers and sway performers.

“A Blanck Canvas wants to celebrate with all those in the arts industry and the community alike,” Blanck said. “We all deserve a good time.”

Puppet Mayhem is on May 15 from 6pm-10.30pm at  The Playground, Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown.

Details: www.ablanckcanvas.com/events