SlapDash Galaxy Show Review

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SlapDash Galaxy is an out of this world adventure showing at The Ipswich Art Gallery these September school holidays.

It’s a compelling story of brotherhood and their strengthening bond as they go forth on their quest. Will the evil spiders conquer? Will they make it to Pearl Galaxy and find their mother? And what’s with the magic fish? It is brought to you by Bunk Puppets, and it’s a tale of two brothers Sam and Junior, who must find a new planet to call home after theirs becomes uninhabitable.

Puppeteer David Geddes brings the characters to life with his enthusiasm continually engaging the audience and playing to the kids with simple humour. The word butt may have been used more than once.

Shadow Puppetry Mastery

David Geddes

The puppeteer weaves in and out amongst the children, involving audience members during the performance. The kids don’t need to sit still nor keep quiet; they are encouraged to grab at and touch the props and call out. It was unmistakenly and unashamedly a show aimed at, designed for, and welcoming of kids. Expect lots of giggling, eruptions of laughter, growing audience comedic disgust! You know it’s a good show when even the lighting and sound engineer is still laughing after seeing the performance numerous times.

What to expect from SlapDash Galaxy

The magic of the show is the puppets and props are made entirely from household items. It’s unlike any performance we’ve seen. Engaging and mesmerising.


After show activities

Afterwards, David heads downstairs to the foyer with the audience for questions and photos. In the lobby, kids can create shadow puppets, put on a show and let their imagination run wild. There are differing lighting opportunities to cast shadows and experiment with light refraction. Examples of other’s puppet creations are on the wall for inspiration.

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SlapDash Galaxy is showing at the Ipswich Art Gallery from the 22nd September until 7th October 2018. The show runs for an incredibly entertaining hour, and session times vary.

Owing to popularity it is best to book online to avoid disappointment. Patrons can buy tickets at the front information desk if the session isn’t already sold out.

Tickets are $7 for adults and children, children under two sitting on an adult’s lap are free. To purchase tickets visit the Ipswich Art Gallery Website.  The Ipswich Art Gallery is located at d’Arcy Doyle Place Ipswich and open from 10am until 5pm.

A Few Notes Prams, strollers and backpacks are not permitted in the gallery; however, there is a complimentary cloakroom for storage. The gallery is very accessible for wheelchairs, it has large lifts, wide hallways and appropriate bathroom facilities.

The production is aimed at children ages five and up. Some theatrical elements may be overwhelming and potentially frightening for younger children. A smoke machine is used on a few occasions during the performance. Seating is relaxed, the children sit up the front on cushions, while adults sit behind on chairs.

Getting There The gallery is a four-minute, 400 metre walk on a slight incline from Ipswich train station. Check out the Translink website for train timetables

Parking is available at Ipswich City Square car park, and the entrance is up the ramp located on Bremer Street between Mansfield Place and Ellensborough Street. On weekends parking is free, and during the week it is free for the first three hours. In the Ipswich CBD metered parking is available with associated time restrictions. (There is no parking at the gallery as it is located in the pedestrian mall).

Other things to do in Ipswich

While you’re in Ipswich, why not make a day of it and explore one their amazing parks. Our personal favourite is Riverheart Parklands or visit our comprehensive list of impressive Ipswich parks at

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