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The Anatomy of a Pelican

Creating Mr Percival

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He’s one of Australian literature’s best known and most loved characters: Mr Percival the pelican from Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy.

So how to represent this characterful animal in the stage adaption of this beloved Aussie novel? You call in the masterful team from Dead Puppet Society of course. This co-production between Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company (adapted for stage by Tom Holloway) played to enthralled audiences in Brisbane in 2019 and the incredible puppetry pelicans almost stole the show.

Hear from the talented Dead Puppet Society team as they talk through the creative process of developing such intricate puppets and the inspiration they took from real life interactions with this majestic bird.



Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors – our First Nations Peoples – gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.