Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Shadow puppetry made from junk. Come and play in the dark!

Using bits of simple cardboard, rubbish and everyday items, Jeff Achtem creates an imaginative and comical universe with his shadow puppets.

Sticks Stones Broken Bones presents a playful world of shadow puppetry, appearing as live cartoons, full of odd-ball characters and surreal events. The screen comes alive with flying Ninjas, sneaky chickens and hilarious brain surgery. It’s a visual feast for the imagination! With all of the puppetry performed in front of the screen, the audience is invited to witness each moment of the visual trickery, and to see the transformation from household junk into shadow puppet melodramas. Come and play in the dark!

“He [Jeff Achtem] takes the viewer into a childlike world of simple beauty and quirky tales… The audience was mesmerised to the very end… His visual storytelling is a treat and his imagination is glorious… You can’t help but be captivated.”
Adelaide Advertiser

“One of the most spellbinding moments of puppet theatre that I have ever encountered.”The Stage (UK)

Watch a preview of Sticks Stones Broken Bones.

Artback NT

Regional Arts Victoria

Australia Council

Northern Territory Government