This event was featured in our 2012 program.

The Cautionary Tale of Barry von Peabody and the Scarlet Street Theatre

Lemony S Puppet Theatre (Melbourne)

“…this is an epic tale, covering several decades, different locations, and many different characters. All of this is manipulated by Williams alone: the cast, the set-changes, lighting cues, the special effects – he even manages to involve the audience. It is a monumental feat, and Williams pulls it off brilliantly”

Adam Tonking, Theatre Press​

The sell out hit of the 2011 Melbourne Fringe and 2012 Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Cautionary Tale of Barry Von Peabody and the Scarlet St Theatre is coming to Launceston.

Hidden behind the lush velvet curtains of the Scarlet St Theatre, a miniature world of puppets play out a curious tale of unrequited love, ambition, revenge and redemption. Discover the secrets of Barry Von Peabody, relish in the performance of cult-hero-slam-poet Humple, be tantalised by Eliza Swans’ erotic act and be terrified by the death-defying magician Brian Boswell. There are also whales, arson, and escapes from Nazi Germany, love, death, ticker tape parades and more.

Hilarious and tragic, side-splitting and surprising, The Cautionary Tale of Barry Von Peabody and the Scarlet St Theatre is epic in the miniature, unique and amazing. It has to be experienced to be believed. You really will see nothing else like it at the festival.

About the artist

As the co-director of Lemony S Puppets, Jacob Williams is presenting Barry Von Peabody and the Scarlett Street Theatre. Jacob is an award winning puppeteer, maker and actor with over twenty years experience in the arts. He has toured nationally and internationally with many companies including Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Black Hole Inc. and Walking with Dinosaurs. His impressive resume includes stints as Assistant Puppetry Director for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony as well as being a puppeteer on the Channel 9 children’s television show New McDonald’s Farm and being part of the creative team behind The Flying Fruit Fly Circus Helpman award winning show The Promise (Helpman award, Best Performance).