Spookmaster is an engaging, touching and energetic play that weaves storytelling and puppetry with digital projections. The story follows Jack who’s the kind of kid who doesn’t fit in. In fact, he spends most of his time reading comic books. And that causes trouble at school which causes big trouble at home. His parents are always trying to get him to pay more attention.
Then Jack starts dreaming about the Spookmaster – a mysterious character who sends him dreams about the problems he’s facing. Using puppetry and projections, we enter Jack’s dreams where we see him confront his fears. These dreams are theatrical, spooky good fun and ultimately uplifting because they teach Jack a valuable lesson – by facing his fears he discovers how to solve them.
The Spookmaster was first created in 2004 and toured the UK including; The Edinburgh Fringe, Ireland’s Helix Theatre and The Spark Festival in Leicester. This much-revised version was created for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival. It is written and performed by Mark Penzak, directed by Lynne Kent, Jim Coad video, Andrée Cozens music and sound, Lulu Lala puppets and Eliza-Jane Gilchrist design. For more information and videos: www.markpenzak.com
‘Mark Penzak has an impressive array of props together with an effervescent theatrical imagination... a gifted and unpatronising performer.‘ Sunday Herald Edinburgh
‘Penzak draws us in with his breathless, super-spooky storytelling’ The List
'intriguing puppets and Heath Robinson gadgetry' Jane Ellis, The Scotsman
'A brilliant performer' The Evening Times
‘The young audience spent the show completely mesmerized.' The Evening News Edinburgh
'Mark Penzak is a marvellous storyteller with a rich repertoire of props that bring the stories to life and fire the children's imaginations.' Five Stars ★★★★★ The Scotsman
‘a beautifully assembled package of his own persuasive storytelling skills.’ The Herald