Officer Primary Artists-in-Schools Residency

A month-long residency at Officer Primary School as part of the Victorian Government's Artists-in-Schools program, directed by Jenny Ellis in collaboration with choreographer Justine Warner. A group of Year 5 students led the process, writing an original script, designing the puppets and making six large-scale puppets. The 150 students in school worked together to make the puppets and props and to perform the show "The Legend of the Landshark" outside on a beautiful summer's evening. The story was about a shark who mutated in a toxic waste spill, to grow legs and become a "Landshark." He meets a magical rainbow Narwhal who tells him that the pollution is coming from an evil glow-in-the-dark cookie factory, who has been draining the vital essense of a dragon to make their cookies glow. With the help of a tortise with lazer guns, the Landshark makes his way through the city to the factory, which is defended by a square-headed group of robots and a giant man-eating worm.

Sound Design by Braden

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Jenny Ellis is currently being mentored by Richard Bradshaw through JUMP, the Australia Council's national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. In Victoria, JUMP is being delivered through Melbourne Fringe. www.jumpmentoring.com.au