The Man Who Cannot Sleep

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson is a Melbourne-based giant puppet designer/builder and performer. His combines theatre, street performance, parade, music, narrative and engineering into lively and audacious comments on myth, history, community and the natural world. He facilitates work that is engaging, accessible, fearless and fun – intent on strong images, big themes, high energy, and massive impact.

As a core artist for Snuff Puppets since 2006, he has contributed to many stage, roving and community shows, including creative development of EVERYBODY, HUMAN BODY PARTS, DURER’S RHINOCEROS, the upcoming GARDEN OF SORROWS, and People’s Puppet Projects in Japan, Taiwan, India, Denmark and regional Australian cities. He’s also spent 11 years on the Village Festival team, as site crew, parade and puppet artist, arts workshop facilitator and performer at Falls Festival Lorne and Byron Bay, Edinburgh Gardens, Castlemaine Winterfest, Canberra Centenary and Floriade Fringe.

Other productions have included THE MECHANICAL VARIETY HOUR, a meta-puppet roving act incorporating hand-made musical machinery; CONVICT PARADISE, a research-based heritage-arts collaboration presented at the Old Melbourne Gaol; LOLA THE DANCING BEAR, a darkly comic street performance combining music, dance and giant puppetry; and a string of original theatrical soundtracks for THE LAUDANUM PROJECT, THINK BLINK THEATRE, WE ARE NOTHING and MARCEL LUCONTE. He is currently recording a studio album and designing a new suite of outdoor performing machines.

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