about

 

Alex Podger creator of visual theatre, art installations and site-specific / outdoor performances in Europe and Australia, currently based in London. His body of work includes giant exploding sculptures, television commercials, outdoor operas and large-scale spectacle theatre works with puppets, pyrotechnics and orchestras.

 

While difficult to define by genre, his work is always centred around a strong sense of community and the creation of a unique shared experience with audiences small and large.

 

Podger’s work often involves spectacular visuals, light, large puppets, folklore, fire and pyrotechnics accompanied by striking music. His projects range from theatre, circus, street and opera to large scale art installations and mass public rituals.

Alex is the Artistic Director of Woodford Folk Festival’s flagship Closing Ceremony which is the largest annual outdoor theatre project in Australia. He has created work with internationally celebrated spectacle theatre company Macnas (Ireland), the enigmatic mid-winter festival Dark Mofo (Australia), Hull UK City of Culture with Macnas, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Realive Entertainment (China) and The Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 (Australia).

As a designer and prop maker, his TV commercial clients include:

Nature’s Own, Breville, Instant Scratch It and Specsavers.

Since the Ides of March 2020, he has had some success growing potatoes, learning to play the accordion and creating a UK touring shadow play called 'Anytime The Wind Can Change'.

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PRESS

Based in East London, United Kingdom

Illuminated Rock

"This year ... the signature opening and closing ​cere​monies really went off ... and the final, Brueghel­esque Fire Event in particular was drama­ charged."

The Australian, 2016

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"This is oddball slapstick comedy at its best — weird, wonderful, well rehearsed, superbly delivered and completely unpredictable."

★★★★★

the advertiser, 2016

The Gremlins, ADelaide Fringe

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"There is something going on in almost every corner of the arena – dancing and movement all punctuated with song and fire."

REVERB STREET PRESS, 2016

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"The Gremlins is one of those rare shows that simultaneously entertains children and adults in equal measure."

scenestr,2016

the gremlins, Adelaide Fringe

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"Weaving together the considerations of the festival management, the local fire brigade, his own artistic ideas and processes and the huge expectations of the audience ... Alex came up with such an elegant and powerful solution it brought a standing ovation from the audience."

annie edney, 2020

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Dark Mofo 2018 in Pictures 

The Guardian, 2018

dark mofo fire installations

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Remarkable Tales Interview

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, 2019 

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"In both its conception and execution, Little Boxes is an unconventional yet brilliant realisation of the imaginative possibilities of theatre."

Meredith walker, blue curtains 2014

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