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Puppeteer Stephane Georis: “I use these objects to laugh about love”

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STEPHANE GEORIS is a master at animating everyday objects for laughs and learning.

Using cauliflowers, cucumbers, and coffee pots in a family-friendly show, Belgian puppeteer Georis – as Professor Adam – explores the origins of the universe with hilarious results, albeit with an important underlying message.

“Adam is a teacher of science,” he says. “He’s a very bad scientist, and he invites other scientists from all over the world along. I play ten characters from different countries, who play with science objects to make an experience that proves the future doesn’t exist yet, the past is already over, and only the present exists; so we have to enjoy life here and now.”

An experienced street performer, Georis’ started out with the simple idea of using everyday objects to bring science to life. “I’ve been a clown and juggler in the past, and with clown art I discovered how to play with objects and give them life,” he says. “I want to bring objects alive, and give them a voice so they can tell a story. I try to be as simple as possible, as the best performance for me is a simple one. My shows are all visual; the most important things in the show are pictures, and I travel with only one suitcase as I like to make shows easy to travel with.”

As well as examining the universe, Professor Adam uses food items to take a closer look at the human body.

“The first experiment involves a cauliflower, which I use as a brain on which I do an operation to find out what’s inside,” he says.

“There’s another experiment in which I play with bread, and it gets a great reaction. Everywhere I go, I have a list of foods to buy at the supermarket: one cake, three loaves of bread, one carrot and so on.”

While there is a strong educational message, the main focus of the show is on humour, positivity, and hilarity.

“It’s not at all serious.” he says.

“There is a bottom line – a message – but we do it in a funny way. I use these objects to laugh about love, how time passes us by, and how we’re all getting old. The important thing is for us to laugh at these things and enjoy them.”


Jon Ouin of Stornoway: “We’ve played Stornoway twice”


OXFORD indie folk band Stornoway are set to release their coastal-influenced second album, and keyboardist Jon Ouin is excited by the prospect.

“We’re very happy to have it finished,” he says. “It’s been a while since the first one, so we’re happy it’s finally done. We produced the record ourselves, and production is part and parcel of our writing process in a way. It’s quite a seamless thing.”

While some bands find being in the studio a difficult process, Stornoway had a different experience.

“It’s something we enjoy,” he says. “We never find it boring; it quite excites us. The songs are usually written beforehand, but the process of arranging and producing them blend into each other. We feel like we’ve got enough ideas between us to carry us through the process.”

The album features plenty of references to the sea, the countryside and escaping the city.

“It’s something that Brian (Briggs, lyricist) has always been very interested in,” he says. “In a previous life he was an ecologist, which makes its way into the music a fair bit. He uses it is a backdrop to reflect what’s going on inside I suppose.”

The band’s four members are multi-instrumentalists, but the song always dictates what instruments are needed.

“We try to think about each song individually,” Ouin explains. “We don’t gratuitously add instruments for the sake of it. It’s always about following the original sketch of the demo and trying to maintain the feeling we get from the original song. Although we do enjoy playing around with different sounds, as I suppose we can get bored quite easily.”

In a surreal turn of events, the band recently found themselves playing on the remote island after which they are named.

“We’ve played Stornoway twice,” he says. “The first time, we felt a desire to bribe the residents with whisky, and in the end we won that room of people over. We went back the following year for a festival. It might be quite weird living in a place and a band turns up bearing your name, but we loved it.”

Australian fans of the band might not have too long to wait to see them in the flesh.

“We’re talking about touring Australia,” he says. “Last time we played Laneway Festival which was one the best tours we’ve done. We’d love to do it again soon.”


Dan Hawkins of The Darkness: “The only giant tits on stage this time will be the band”


REFORMED, refreshed, and rehabilitated, English glam-rockers The Darkness are heading to these shores for a run of shows with legendary rocker Joan Jett.

Coming off the back of album number three and an extensive tour supporting Lady Gaga, guitarist Dan Hawkins is looking ahead to the shows Down Under.

“Expect really loud sounds played through Marshall amplifiers, running about on stage, guitar solos, and great songs; a rock ‘n’ roll party basically,” he says. “If you’re up for having a couple of beers and taking your mind off work, then come along.”

Having left their rock ‘n’ roll excesses behind, the band have found a new lease of life which has seen their shows take on another dimension.

“I think we’re a lot more energetic than we were before,” he says. “We used to hide behind a massive light show and giant inflatable breasts and stuff like that. We never used to move from our spots as we were just getting over our hangovers. That’s all been well documented over the last couple of years, but we pretty much hit the ground running at a show these days. We’re in the zone now where we don’t give a flying fuck, so anything can happen at a Darkness show.”

Sharing a bill with the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is something Hawkins is looking forward to.

“Touring with Joan Jett is going to be amazing,” he says. “We’ve not met her before, and she just adds so much glamour to the show; it’s going to be quite the event. It just reads like a great gig.”

The band’s new and improved lifestyle has had plenty of other creative benefits.

“We’ve been writing on the road, which has never happened before, mainly due to massive hangovers all the time,” he says. “It’s not going to be a long wait before the next album comes out. We can’t keep our fans waiting, and obviously we lost a lot of fans when we split up. We’ve written quite a few songs already and we’re really excited about it.”

The new lifestyle also means many aspects of the band’s earlier shows have been left behind, including the infamous giant breasts.

“I thought about turning them into a really inappropriate water feature,” he says. “But the only giant tits on stage this time will be the band.”