Australian puppetry dates back nearly two centuries, when Punch and Judy made its way to our shores. In the years since, it has become a beloved art form — in fact, a new homegrown take on the famous puppet show was recently announced, transferring it to film, and starring Mia Wasikowska as the wife of a puppeteer.
If you'd like to know more about the country's love of playthings on strings, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre can help. Until January 27, they're dedicating their Tony Gould Gallery to a snapshot of locals bringing puppets to life courtesy of their new exhibition, Puppet People.
Spanning the traditional, the avant-garde and everything in-between, this showcase features more than 50 puppets, as well as shining a light on the people behind them. A word of warning: if marionettes and the like creep you out, this isn't for you — but if they're your kind of fun, expect an illuminating and informative display, including Laser Beak Man puppets from the Dead Puppet Society's recent La Boite shows.