Philip Edmiston collection
Cabaret Puppet Theatre has most gratefully received a wonderful collection of beautiful marionettes operated by the late gifted puppeteer, Philip Edmiston. It is a distinct privilege to save this precious collection. In time it will be digitally recorded and shared.
Edmiston was responsible for setting up the Queensland Marionette Theatre, which produced marionette productions throughout the Australian state of Queensland in the 1980s and 1990s.
His production, 'The Grand Adventure' in 1978 was lavish. The musical had music by Eric Gross and with the book and lyrics by Hal Saunders. The story was broadly based on Captain James Cook's voyage to the South Seas with botantist Joseph Banks on the H.M.S. Endeavour in 1770. There were 127 life sized puppets in all. It was Edmiston's first production under the umbrella of his own company, Theatrestrings. The critics raved about the production. Frances Evers in The Australian stated, 'The most exquisite production imaginable', while Romola Constantino in the Sydney Morning Herald recorded, 'everything that could be recorded for a fantasy entertainment'. The production toured Queensland and New South Wales, and played Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It opened on 28th May 1977 in Edmiston's home town of Nambour in the Civic Hall. Edmiston was 26. He had earlier toured extensively, with the now sadly defunct Marionette Theatre of Australia, throughout Australia, India and Asia.
Further photos will be added in the near future.
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