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Geelong Arts Centre's Poppy Kettle


26 October - 1 November

Trinket the Robot is a lively, funny, interactive solo puppet show, based on the tale of Pinocchio. It explores emotions and offers ways for children to understand different feelings.

Join an inventor, Dr Doovalacky, who with the help of his assistant, a green caterpillar named Gizmo, sets out to build a robot. But this will be no ordinary robot, Trinket will have the ability to have feelings like a ‘real’ human. They help Trinket to learn about the world, but it quickly becomes complicated and Dr Doovalacky finds himself losing control of his own creation.

Trinket learns that to become human is to not only feel wonder and joy, but also to feel other emotions like anger, fear and the sadness of having to say goodbye to someone when you are not ready to. Having feelings is not easy and to be alive means making difficult choices.

The show is a provocation for a discussion about emotional literacy, and provides a framework for younger children to identify their feelings in relation to different colours. For older students, it investigates themes of loss, and resilience in the face of adversity. It sits well within the Personal/Social and Ethical Capabilities and Wellbeing areas of the Curriculum, and helps to surface questions about things that are important to young people.

This prerecorded performance is available now until Sunday 1 November.


About Little Wing Puppets

Little Wing Puppets is an Australian Puppetry Company specialising in Children’s Theatre. Since 2006, Little Wing Puppets have toured their puppet shows and workshops to every state and territory of Australia, as well as overseas. Their work has grown out of a love of the art of puppetry, the weird and wonderful creatures of Australia and just telling a good story. Children are always able to step inside the theatrical experience rather than just looking on. Their funny and inspiring shows are compact and ready to travel to family audiences.

About Our Artistic Director

Jenny Ellis has been making and performing with puppets for over 20 years. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts and has a Bachelor of Social Ecology, majoring in Environmental Education. She was also a Researcher for the NSW Minister for Education. Jenny graduated from the Helikos School for International Theatre Creation in Italy in 2014.


  • Written by Jenny Ellis & Anne Brooksbank
  • Directed by Jacob Williams & Clare Batholomew
  • Music by Thomas “Soup” Campbell
  • Puppets and set by Jenny Ellis, Jeremy Lavender, Lauren Redpath and Dayna Morrissey