REVIEW: SlapDash Galaxy by Bunk Puppets at the Ipswich Art Gallery

18 September 2018

We’re huge fans of Bunk Puppets here at Kids in the City! We’ve shared our love for their previous shows, Swamp Juice and Sticks Stones Broken Bones, and are thrilled to announce that Bunk Puppets are back at the Ipswich Art Gallery these September school holidays with their show SlapDash Galaxy!

We attended the preview to see what all the fuss was about and reckon that for $7 a ticket, this is definitely not a show to miss these holidays.

Before the shadow puppet show

Before the show even starts, kids can get into the galaxy theme by creating their own shadow puppets in the art gallery foyer. Don’t forget to take a photo of your shadow puppet flying to the moon!

SlapDash Galaxy show

The theatre at the Ipswich Art Gallery is the perfect setting for SlapDash Galaxy, cosy and intimate, kids can grab a cushion right up front and adults can sit on a seat at the back or on the side of the room. Be prepared for spaceships to weave in and out of the audience though; the show doesn’t just stay on the front stage!

The story of Sam and Junior in SlapDash Galaxy

When the lights dim, the story of brothers Sam and Junior begins.

Sam and Junior’s planet has become so desolate that they can no longer live there. They must blast off into the galaxy on a quest to find a planet that they can call home. But their journey is not that easy.

The uber-talented Bunk Puppets Puppeteer David Geddes takes the audience on a journey into a magical galaxy far far away. Cardboard cutouts, Sam and Junior, never looked so real, the way they move, their emotions, as their shadows are reflected onto the screen.

Sam and Junior get into all sorts of trouble, with a huge pirate ship made of water bottles, a giant spider made of a balloon and paper and all kinds of crazy creatures made of everything from feathers, balls and boxes. “BEWARE!” The crazy creatures tell Sam and Junior. Beware of what?

The magic of imagination

The special effects are what really bring this show to life. There’s a ‘smoke’ machine that creates vortex like circles and blows them across the room, a mirror ball that shines particles of light on every wall and ultra-clever use of light to create shadows and spotlights. It’s these effects that draw little (and big) imaginations into the story and has kids of all ages engaged for the whole show.

Beyond the magic, there’s also lots of fun and laughs. David gives each character a hilarious, quirky voice; as soon as a character says something rather silly the room erupts in laughter. David interacts with the audience quite a lot during the show, the children love it.

Pirates, monsters, spaceships, messages of warning - will Sam and Junior find a new planet to live on? You’ll have to see the show to find out!

The show is 55 minutes long, the perfect length for young children. But don’t worry, they’re unlikely to get bored during this show, there’s too much fun and wonder to be had!

SlapDash Galaxy by Bunk Puppets at Ipswich Art Gallery

Where: D'Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

When: Saturday 22nd September to Sunday 7th October 2018

Times: Click here for times

Cost: $7 per person (FREE for under 2 not occupying a seat)

Bookings: Click here to book online BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Age: 5+ years. Please be aware that there are some scary scenes that may frighten younger children. You can always sit them on your lap if they are more comfortable.

Written by

Eva Lewis

Eva is a digital content expert who runs a successful women's lifestyle blog - The Multitasking Woman. Eva is an experienced social media manager, digital consultant, article writer and copywriter and has written for various publications and business websites over the years.  When Eva doesn't have her head in the digital space, she enjoys spending time with her husband, six year old son and one year old daughter, ploughing through her current favourite books in the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, gardening and chatting with her chooks. 

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