Yeung Fai Artist-in-Residence Workshop

Workshops & Masterclasses

Perth Festival has invited Yeung Fai to be our 2018 Artist-In-Residence and to bring to Perth the magnificent Chinese tradition of glove puppet theatre. Yeung will spend the duration of the Festival in Western Australia – presenting his performance work Hand Stories, leading a week of artist workshops and touring a new Festival commission, The Puppet-Show Man, across the city to schools and community groups.

About Yeung Fai

Born in 1964 in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, Yeung is a fifth generation master of the glove style of puppetry, which features puppets that range in size from fitting around a single finger to an entire hand. His father, Yang Sheng, is a well-known master of the northern school of glove puppetry who has had a far-reaching impact on puppetry in Taiwan. 

Yeung left China after the persecution of his family during the Cultural Revolution, arriving in France by way of Bolivia, and imbuing the traditions of Chinese opera into a Western contemporary art scene. He is now based in Paris.

Yeung’s Perth Festival event Hand Stories combines traditional puppetry and modern multimedia effects to interweave his epic family story with the history of 20th century China. With skilful manipulation exquisitely hand-crafted figures come to life in a tale full of sadness and laugh-out-loud humour.

The Opportunity

15 artists from a range of artistic backgrounds are invited to join Yeung Fai at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for a five-day intensive workshop, where participants will collaborate to craft a new show together for an intimate public showing. Yeung willl be assisted by object theatre performer Inbal Yomtovian.

This is an exceptional opportunity for Western Australian artists, musicians, designers, performers and puppeteers to learn from one of China’s leading directors and one of the most important creators and puppeteers of today.

Applicants from any artistic practice are encouraged to submit an expression of interest.

The Yeung Fai workshops are supported by the City of Fremantle

While in Perth Yeung will also tour a new Festival commission, The Puppet-Show Man, across the city to schools and community groups.

Who should apply?
Artists, makers and performers from any art form who are interested in collaboration and improvisation across genres.


The Selection Process

All Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Perth Festival with a shortlist presented to Yeung Fai who will make the final selection. Please note that due to the nature of the opportunity, there is a limited number of places available.


Registrations for this event are now closed.
For any enquiries please contact

Successful applicants will be notified via email by 22 December.

Residency: Mon 19 Feb – Fri 23 Feb, 10am – 5pm

Venue: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle

Cost: Free

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