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Tony F AspdenBy Tony F Aspden
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Tony F AspdenBy Tony F Aspden
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About

The Fabulous Contraption has been skillfully designed, engineered and then constructed by myself and friends,(8 Marionettes to be wragled by a single operator). The stringing and final tweaking are required, (48 strings) and lighting and sound equipment will need to be acquired and fitted. A one of a kind, medieval carousel tent, (18 foot in diameter), custom designed and built in America for us, has been acquired at a cost of $8,000 Au. The tent floor has been professionally engineered and is presently being constructed by my friends and I. The tent will stand alone, (as per local council requirements), weighted to the floor so not needing the use of poles and pegs. A horse float will be purchased and converted to a working trailer to transport the complete Marionette Show. As for power, we aim to be fully self sufficient, (Battery and Solar), from 12v to 240v power. There will be a small shower and toilet and a small kitchen, allowing us to stop anywhere and do a show. Estimated set up time is one and a half hours, (tent and contraption and be ready to preform). The outside of the trailer will be decorated in a gypsy caravan style.  The work would be carried out by myself with help from a small team of friends from specialised fields. By completion time, in mid 2017, there will be around 20 Marionette's to choose from and all ready to go on tour. The backing band will be called the Woodbe's. At present there are 10 completed Marionette's, some with instruments. All are created to use real instruments and there are another 3 in progress, all marionettes are full size, (A 36 inch marionette is equivalent to a 6ft person). Each show will be a one off performance from the medieval tent, which we will be able to erect anywhere suitable, then remove one side flap to reveal a red velvet curtain and a miniature stage complete with professional lighting and sound, with up to 8 Marionette's preforming at once, as a band, with guest artists making special appearances. All music licences have already been acquired. There will be 3 other roadies required to run the show and wrangle the marionettes. Payment for the show will be in the way of gold coin donation so that all will get to see the show, No body misses out!  Private shows will be charged at a prearranged, negotiated rate. Hospital  and charity shows would be at no cost. Looking towards the future, a half hour show, airing on a public access tv channel, showing the adventures of the troupe while on Tour has been hinted at...... .        .                                                               Something to think about?                                                                                                If funded?                                       Touring would start in Brisbane, late 2017.

.......................... I need your help to finish the dream I've started! .

              Thank you for taking the time to read about my project, Tony.        ...............................................Hope to see you on Tour........................                                         Apologies but was unable to upload a video.

Risks and challenges

As for risks and challenges I can foresee very few, as being a one of,never seen before style show, with no competition in this area of Marionette operation! All insurances and council licences required, will be acquired in advance prior to Shows. And with advancements such as a half hour Television show to strive towards in the future, I be-leave the possibilities are endless!

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    Admit one back stage for a half hour, behind the scenes tour and see how the magic works. Redeemable at a time when we are in your town or you are in ours. Posted to all pledges Australia wide.

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    Admit one to join our Team and be part of a show, you could be the wrangler of a single Marionette or be operating the whole band. Also learn lighting and sound. Join the little people and their wranglers and have some fun. Redeemable at any show anywhere. Posted Australia wide.

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    Handmade Marionette

    Handmade musician Marionette, full size, Male or Female with stringed Instrument of your choice.

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    Voucher entitles holder to a 2 hour show,(A One Of) split into 4 half hour blocks,at a place of there choosing, within Australia (set requirements needed,regarding tent size and access "ect") for there special occasion.Three month notice required prior to performance date. Restrictions apply regarding city councils. Conditions apply.

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