Collecting nets and beach rubbish for making puppets.
Karen Hethey and I spent four weeks on Moa Island drawing together people’s real life experiences of seeing the damage ghost nets do to sea creatures, turtles, dugongs, coral reef and mangroves and also the danger they present for people crossing between islands. Materials were collected locally and puppets woven together in community workshops.
Making a turtle from ghost net photo: Karen Hethey
Mahnah and Ilka
photo: Karen Hethey
Margaret Levi Stitching
Veronica stitches the dinghy
Making Flying Fish
Flying Fish Workshop
The story was told using shadow puppet screen, narration, live music and full choir.
The audience sang and wept their way through the story of a young fisherman’s encounters with ghost nets, performed by around 65 local musicians, singers and puppeteers of all ages.