Nature is healing and it’s a little bit concerning. Boars are running amok in Spain, monkeys in Thailand and Plain is trumpeting Invasion of the LANIMALS, weekly video transmissions of his giant puppets (supported by City of Melbourne’s COVID-19 Quick Response Grant and Banyule City Council).
The films star “Nanny The Goat, a harebrained bear called Otto, a delinquent dolphin named Dolphin, Rose the Red Sea Turtle, a giant Periwinkle Snail and two gargantuan bugs,” says bohemian Plain.
“When restrictions are lifted, we will roam the city on Projector Bikes, stopping wherever possible to present the films, letting people know of the time we reclaimed the streets.”
Plain admits he was “pretty lucky getting the puppets and float finished for Moomba just before lockdown. Sanctum Theatre was supposed to be engaged on a few local festivals including Banyule Kids Arty Farty Fest and I was going to Portugal with the Snuff Puppets.”
JobKeeper and rent reduction helped his non-puppet family unit.
“One of the hardest parts (of lockdown) was entertaining a socially isolated only child. But my wife Jasmine and I created a picture story book called Cabin Beaver and built a puppet together.”
Also, “we started a fertiliser business using carp we caught in the Yarra River.” Sorry, what? “It’s called Quill’s Carp Fertiliser, available at a road-side stall in Eltham.”