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“Bennett plays every character in this performance, and his voices are as wonderful as his mastery of physical theatre” REVIEW Chicken Licken Edinburgh Reporter at Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 2015
BA (Theatre): 2 years full time at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, Australia. RADA style acting training 1985-6
TRAINEE PUPPETEER: 2 years full time company member at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Fremantle, Australia 1988-90
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA: 1 year full time at Central School of Speech and Drama, London 1994 – Advanced Diploma (Puppetry)
EXPERIENCE: (most recent first)
PUPPETEER at Scitech WA
PERFORMER ‘Handy Tips’ at the Melbourne Festival of Puppetry 2017
TRAINER Puppetry masterclass at the Melbourne Festival of Puppetry 2017
PUPPETRY TRAINER/COACH: “Jack and the Beanstalk” West End in Schools
PUPPETEER: “Professor Branestawm” starring Harry Hill for the BBC
PUPPETEER/PERFORMER: Chicken Licken on tour and at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 (5 stars “his voices are as wonderful as his mastery of physical theatre” The Edinburgh Reporter)
LEAD PUPPETEER: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2015), Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh dir. Mark Thomson. Concept, design, commission, make and performing the central puppet Michael. BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTRESS, BEST ENSEMBLE Scottish Theatre awards 2015
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Little Angel Theatre (2014) London. Programming, producing, mentoring emerging artists and companies, overseeing staff in production, admin and education.
LEAD PUPPETEER: Sue Buckmaster, the Puppet Whisperer (2014, 2015), London. An evening of improvised, surprise puppetry where puppets are brought to life, and sometimes killed.
LEAD PUPPETEER: “Atishoo!” presented at the Perth International Arts Festival, Australia (2012)
PUPPETEER and PRESENTER: Scitech, Australia (2010-2013). Performing and presenting puppet shows with science education content communicating science to young children and their families.
GENERAL MANAGER: The Western Australian Youth Theatre Company (2010-2013). Strategic development, fundraising, financial management, producing a series of professional productions and programming acting and stage courses for young people 11- 26 years old in Perth, Western Australia
LEAD PUPPETEER: Arts Educational video and green screen work for Lingua4 Ltd operating “SPEEKEE” lyp-synch ‘Muppets’-style puppet for foreign language education videos for small children. (2008)
ARTS & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre, Preston (2004-2010) Responsible for producing and touring theatre performances to hundreds of venues and events around the UK and internationally. Strategic development of the organisation, fundraising, financial management and administration.
PERFORMER, LEAD PUPPETEER, PUPPET CAPTAIN: ‘The BFG’ Octagon Theatre, Bolton (2004)
Promo clip of one man stage show for families ‘Chicken Licken’ by DNA directed by Rachel Riggs
LEAD PUPPETEER: DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre, London and Lancashire (1994-2015). The creation and delivery of dozens of touring performances as well as projects and workshops. Sometimes as solo performer, project manager and workshop leader, sometimes as lead performer and production manager of teams ranging from 2 people to more than 10 people.
LEAD PUPPETEER: Theatre Rites, London (1997-2001) on the productions ‘The Lost and Moated Land’, ‘Millworks’ and ‘Sleep Tight’
PUPPETEER: ‘The Muppet Treasure Island’ and ‘Dr Xargle’ film and TV series work using lyp-synch to monitor technique. (1996 & 1997)
PUPPETRY COURSE LEADER: Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting College, London