Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Bonkel Theatre - Week 16

Tristan Meecham

Hello, my name is Tristan Meecham, and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. These are particularly hard times for people in Melbourne and we hope these videos provide you with some respite during these trying times. Today on In the Groove, we welcome back Victorian Senior Festival favourites, it's Katrina and Enio from Bonkel Theatre.

Enio Pozzebon

Hey Tristan!

Katrina Gaskell

Hello Tristan!

Tristan Meecham

Who are some people working in the field of puppetry that have inspired your creative practice?

Katrina Gaskell

There are two people in particular who are inspiring. Jacob and Sarah from Lemony S Puppet Theatre. They've been working in different forms and together and on separate projects for many years.

Enio Pozzebon

Totally inspiring.

Tristan Meecham

Lockdown has been a tricky time. What have you both been doing to keep yourself occupied?

Enio Pozzebon

So, tell us about what have you been doing?

Katrina Gaskell

I got completely distracted and ended up out the front of the house, making a new entry ramp. Decided to build it nice and sturdy out of bricks for our aging parents and our aging selves.

Tristan Meecham

Can you please introduce the second instalment of the video series we're going to see today on In the Groove?

Katrina Gaskell

In this new work, we have a little character, Grandbaby.

Enio Pozzebon

Grandbaby.

Katrina Gaskell

And he's a mouth puppet. So, more in the muppet style of puppetry.

Enio Pozzebon

We're just trying to develop this relationship between these very unlikely couples and - and how they can - how they help each other, even though they come from completely different worlds and of different size and different dimensions.

[The puppet show begins, with Yvonne and Chrysler, the puppets]

Yvonne: Ah, darling?

Chrysler: Yes, darling.

Yvonne: I do love this time of evening.

Chrysler: I know exactly what you mean.

Yvonne: The early hours in the parlour, just to relax.

Chrysler: Beautiful. I think of it as a cocktail hour. Just the two of us playing pool. Have a martini or something.

Yvonne: Ok, let me take my shot now.

Chrysler: Ok, beautiful darling. Now. make sure you hold the stick nice and firm.

Yvonne: Ok.

Chrysler: Perfect. [phone rings] Who could that be?

Yvonne: Hello. Oh, Mrs Hopeful! How are you, darling? Oh, that is lovely to hear. Oh, it is your fiftieth anniversary? Oh, that is beautiful. Oh, of course, we can look after grandbaby. Yes, that would be lovely. Ok, what time would you like to bring baby. 8 o’ clock. Chrysler, is that ok? 8 o’clock? Beautiful. We’ll see you then, darling. Bye bye! Love to Mr Hopeful!

Chrysler: Tonight, we have a guest! Ha ha!

[doorbell rings]

Yvonne: Oh, grandbaby! Hello, beautiful. Come in, come in.

Chrysler: Ho ho ho, he’s here! Little darling.

Yvonne: Bring him over here.

Chrysler: Give me your cheeks, baby. Ha ha ha.

Yvonne: Ok, you and Mr Hopeful will have a lovely night tonight!

Chrysler: Ho ho, make the most of it! [laughter]

Yvonne: Come on, Grandbaby, say goodbye to Grandma. Wave [cross talk]

Chrysler: Oh, look at him so snuggly snuggly.

Yvonne: Mrs Hopeful, everything will be fine. You need not worry a single moment while he is here and you two have a lovely night.

Chrysler: Goodbye, darlings.

Yvonne: Bye bye.

Chrysler: We'll see you at the midnight.

Yvonne: I love it when you're so ready for bed and so sleepy looking.

Chrysler: Smell him, he smells so sweet, like a little fruit, sweet like a fruit. I want to eat you up. Ha ha ha!

Yvonne: Peek a boo! Where’s Yvonne, where’s she gone? Oh peek a boo!

Chrysler: He loves that one, doesn’t he? Very funny, very funny.

Yvonne: It’s very late. I think we must put him to bed.

Chrysler: I think so. It's way past the bedtime of a little baby.

Yvonne: Ok. Let’s tuck him in.

Chrysler: Ah, that’s better. Like this. Goodnight, little baby.

Yvonne: Let's pull the hood so it’s nice and dark for baby.

Chrysler: He goes to sleep.

Yvonne: Ok, we creep out now. Good night, Grandbaby.

Chrysler: Good night. Good night, Grandbaby.

Yvonne: Oh, so sweet. Come on, Chrysler, tip toe. So, Chrysler, the hard work is done.

Chrysler: You know, it's not so hard at all to look after the baby. You get it, you put it to sleep. He goes to sleep. Ha ha.

Yvonne: Yes. Chrysler, you're so right.

Chrysler: OK, now, finally, let me line up the shot.

[Grandbaby singing]

I've been lying for some time, waiting for the sleep to come

When will it come?

I’ve been counting sheep. I’ve been breathing deep for some time

When will it come?

I need sleep but why won’t it come?

I’ve been trying for some time, waiting for my mind for my mind to fade

When will it fade?

I’ve had warm milk, a cup of tea, herbal with honey

Why am I still awake?

I need sleep but why won’t it come?

 

[three finger puppets singing]

Your dreams are but a wink away

I see

Now you can travel there to a slumberland

Somewhere

 

[Grandbaby singing and crying]

Why? Tell me why

I don’t know

You gotta tell me why

You gotta tell me why

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The limitless possibilities provided by puppets can be a blessing and a curse for puppeteers when creating new work, but Bonkel Theatre’s Enio Pozzebon was literally struck by inspiration when he was hit by a car. 

Visit Bonkel Theatre's website. www.katrinagaskell.com/

Read Bonkel Theatre's Performer Profile.

 

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Bonkel Theatre - Week 16

Tristan Meecham

Hello, my name is Tristan Meecham, and welcome to the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined in 2020. These are particularly hard times for people in Melbourne and we hope these videos provide you with some respite during these trying times. Today on In the Groove, we welcome back Victorian Senior Festival favourites, it's Katrina and Enio from Bonkel Theatre.

Enio Pozzebon

Hey Tristan!

Katrina Gaskell

Hello Tristan!

Tristan Meecham

Who are some people working in the field of puppetry that have inspired your creative practice?

Katrina Gaskell

There are two people in particular who are inspiring. Jacob and Sarah from Lemony S Puppet Theatre. They've been working in different forms and together and on separate projects for many years.

Enio Pozzebon

Totally inspiring.

Tristan Meecham

Lockdown has been a tricky time. What have you both been doing to keep yourself occupied?

Enio Pozzebon

So, tell us about what have you been doing?

Katrina Gaskell

I got completely distracted and ended up out the front of the house, making a new entry ramp. Decided to build it nice and sturdy out of bricks for our aging parents and our aging selves.

Tristan Meecham

Can you please introduce the second instalment of the video series we're going to see today on In the Groove?

Katrina Gaskell

In this new work, we have a little character, Grandbaby.

Enio Pozzebon

Grandbaby.

Katrina Gaskell

And he's a mouth puppet. So, more in the muppet style of puppetry.

Enio Pozzebon

We're just trying to develop this relationship between these very unlikely couples and - and how they can - how they help each other, even though they come from completely different worlds and of different size and different dimensions.

[The puppet show begins, with Yvonne and Chrysler, the puppets]

Yvonne: Ah, darling?

Chrysler: Yes, darling.

Yvonne: I do love this time of evening.

Chrysler: I know exactly what you mean.

Yvonne: The early hours in the parlour, just to relax.

Chrysler: Beautiful. I think of it as a cocktail hour. Just the two of us playing pool. Have a martini or something.

Yvonne: Ok, let me take my shot now.

Chrysler: Ok, beautiful darling. Now. make sure you hold the stick nice and firm.

Yvonne: Ok.

Chrysler: Perfect. [phone rings] Who could that be?

Yvonne: Hello. Oh, Mrs Hopeful! How are you, darling? Oh, that is lovely to hear. Oh, it is your fiftieth anniversary? Oh, that is beautiful. Oh, of course, we can look after grandbaby. Yes, that would be lovely. Ok, what time would you like to bring baby. 8 o’ clock. Chrysler, is that ok? 8 o’clock? Beautiful. We’ll see you then, darling. Bye bye! Love to Mr Hopeful!

Chrysler: Tonight, we have a guest! Ha ha!

[doorbell rings]

Yvonne: Oh, grandbaby! Hello, beautiful. Come in, come in.

Chrysler: Ho ho ho, he’s here! Little darling.

Yvonne: Bring him over here.

Chrysler: Give me your cheeks, baby. Ha ha ha.

Yvonne: Ok, you and Mr Hopeful will have a lovely night tonight!

Chrysler: Ho ho, make the most of it! [laughter]

Yvonne: Come on, Grandbaby, say goodbye to Grandma. Wave [cross talk]

Chrysler: Oh, look at him so snuggly snuggly.

Yvonne: Mrs Hopeful, everything will be fine. You need not worry a single moment while he is here and you two have a lovely night.

Chrysler: Goodbye, darlings.

Yvonne: Bye bye.

Chrysler: We'll see you at the midnight.

Yvonne: I love it when you're so ready for bed and so sleepy looking.

Chrysler: Smell him, he smells so sweet, like a little fruit, sweet like a fruit. I want to eat you up. Ha ha ha!

Yvonne: Peek a boo! Where’s Yvonne, where’s she gone? Oh peek a boo!

Chrysler: He loves that one, doesn’t he? Very funny, very funny.

Yvonne: It’s very late. I think we must put him to bed.

Chrysler: I think so. It's way past the bedtime of a little baby.

Yvonne: Ok. Let’s tuck him in.

Chrysler: Ah, that’s better. Like this. Goodnight, little baby.

Yvonne: Let's pull the hood so it’s nice and dark for baby.

Chrysler: He goes to sleep.

Yvonne: Ok, we creep out now. Good night, Grandbaby.

Chrysler: Good night. Good night, Grandbaby.

Yvonne: Oh, so sweet. Come on, Chrysler, tip toe. So, Chrysler, the hard work is done.

Chrysler: You know, it's not so hard at all to look after the baby. You get it, you put it to sleep. He goes to sleep. Ha ha.

Yvonne: Yes. Chrysler, you're so right.

Chrysler: OK, now, finally, let me line up the shot.

[Grandbaby singing]

I've been lying for some time, waiting for the sleep to come

When will it come?

I’ve been counting sheep. I’ve been breathing deep for some time

When will it come?

I need sleep but why won’t it come?

I’ve been trying for some time, waiting for my mind for my mind to fade

When will it fade?

I’ve had warm milk, a cup of tea, herbal with honey

Why am I still awake?

I need sleep but why won’t it come?

 

[three finger puppets singing]

Your dreams are but a wink away

I see

Now you can travel there to a slumberland

Somewhere

 

[Grandbaby singing and crying]

Why? Tell me why

I don’t know

You gotta tell me why

You gotta tell me why