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Hi!  Here are some details about myself:
My name is: Jeff Robson
My e-mail address:
I have a home page at: www.accessanalytic.com.au   | Is this Link Broken?
My occupation (when I'm not doing puppets!) is: Business owner: financial modeling, management reporting, & training
My approximate age is: 35 - 45
I live in the state of: WA
... in the country of: Australia
My photo: Jeff Robson
Here's some information about my church or puppetry organisation:
My organisation's name is: Riverview Church
My organisation's website is at: www.riverviewchurch.com.au/   | Is this Link Broken?
Some of My Puppetry Background
Q: Why do you write puppet scripts? What motivates you?
Puppets are my favourite because they are: great fun, a great place to start, engaging, liberating, creative, extreme, and above all, they're an excellent way to teach very important principles.
Q: Tell us about your church or puppet organisation.
We have a small number of puppeteers who work voluntarily with children.

Most of our puppets are with kids aged 3-6, and most skits are performed behind a stage.
Q: How did you get started in puppets and what attracted you to this area?
I've always been attracted to puppets and used to play around with my hand in a sock (or not) long before I even touched a real puppet.

I love the idea of being able to bring a toy to life! Doesn't everyone have toys that speak to them? :-)

I started by mucking around with socks etc then one day, I tried it with a real puppet ... and here we are today, many years later with Puppet Resources!
Q: Where does your inspiration come from to write puppet scripts?
I get inspiration from a lot of different areas: from the kids themselves, from TV and movie characters, and sometimes from real life experiences.

I guess the characters in my scripts are often a lot like characters who are my favourites outside the puppet stage. As such, anyone reading my scripts will probably see quite a few similarities to Monty Python skits and John Cleese, Basil Fawlty types of characters.

Is that a good thing? I don't know! :-) I'm not a puppet author ... I'm just a very naughty boy! :-)
Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in puppetry?
I really encourage people who are thinking about having a go with puppets to do just that ... have a go!

Puppets are one of those things that kids love even before you say anything - so you're already halfway there!

While the expensive Muppet-style puppets are great, you don't necessarily need to use these as kids can imagine anything with just a sock or a glove over your hand with a couple of eyes drawn/stuck on.

The main thing is practice, practice, practice - especially mouth movements as this is an area people often seem to find difficult.

New puppeteers often have a tendency to forget to move the puppet's mouth, or to close the mouth on each syllable (rather than open it).

You could even start off with a puppet that doesn't talk (eg a baby, or an animal). This allows you to concentrate on getting the movements and gestures right and then you can move on to words later.

We have a little baby puppet ("Dill" from the Rug Rats) who comes in on a regular basis and never says a word (except in the ear of the teacher) ... yet he is incredibly popular with the kids for his hugs, sucking his thumb, throwing things out of his baby basket, waving etc.

So bottom line ... have a go and practice!
Q: Who are your favourite puppet characters and what do you like about them?
Well, of the puppets I use, my favourite puppet character would have to be Dill (refer previous question). He's such a loving, yet cheeky little puppet that gets up to so much mischief ... I certainly can't control him any more! :-)

Of other puppets I've seen, it's hard to go past the Muppets and Sesame St for their professionalism, character development, puppet skills and storyline.

On those shows, my favourite characters were Gonzo (because he was the little crazy guy), Dr Bob (because I love his sense of humour - or lack thereof), and the Swedish Chef (an absolutely unforgettable character).
Q: What are the most important qualities in great puppet scripts?
For me, I like a puppet script that has:

1. Humour for the whole audience (that includes both adults and kids). That's what people like Disney, Pixar, and the Muppets do. Although they produce stuff for kids, there is plenty in their productions that is for adults too. I like trying to surprise the adults as well as the kids.

2. An interesting story. I think sometimes, we get too caught up in what we're trying to teach that we forget to tell a good story that relates to the kids. I often wonder how kids would rate the scripts on this site? I'm guessing they probably wouldn't rate them the same way the adults would!

3. We need to make a connection with our audience and if we don't do that, the whole thing is a waste of time. In one sense, we're competing against all the other exciting things kids see on TV and computer games. The people who produce those do extensive research on how to connect with kids and if we're not connecting in a relevant way when we're talking to them about important things, they might miss the point!

I'm not saying all my scripts achieve all these - but that's what I'm aiming for.
Q: What would you do if you were a puppet?
I'd travel the world, making kids and adults laugh everywhere.
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1. Goggles, Feathers & Wigs by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 9.0 , Votes: 23

What does it take to become a friend of God, and where do you find out the truth about this? Well, it's certainly not from a cereal box!
Keywords: Born again  Church  Confusion  Eternal Life  Friendship  Salvation  Truth  
2. Tickets by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 9.0 , Votes: 42

Arthur, an old obsessive ticket collecter, tries to figure out which ticket to use to get into heaven.
Keywords: Born again  Eternal Life  Fun  Heaven  Salvation  
3. Curried Fish by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.8 , Votes: 17

Allison Newsreader, reporter for Channel 10 news, interviews Rajah to find out how his small lunch was able to be used by Jesus to feed 5000 people.
Keywords: Bible Stories  Jesus  Miracle  
4. I Feel Yucky When My Parents Argue by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.8 , Votes: 7

This script helps kids understand that even though their parents may argue or fight sometimes (which isn't the best way to resolve things), God still loves them, and their parents will probably make-up.
Keywords: Family  Forgiveness  Parents  Respect  
5. I Want A New Horse by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.8 , Votes: 15

Billy Bob Cowhorn is the son of Billy Ray and Mary Jane Cowhorn, the fastest cattle wrestlers this side of the border. Billy Bob wants a new horse ... but does he really *need* one?
Keywords: Fun  Materialism  Selfishness  Western  
6. Billy Bob's Stubborn Steed by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.7 , Votes: 10

Billy Bob Cowhorn is from a long line of Texan cattle wrestlers but he's a bit confused over the Palm Sunday story. What would someone do if they wanted to praise God and didn't have a horse or donkey? Will everyone have to go back home?
Keywords: Animals  Fun  Praise and worship  Western  
7. Christmas by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.7 , Votes: 72

Rudolph Kringle (like Mr Scrooge) has a problem: whenever someone says 'Christmas' he gets 'weak-kneed-Christmasitis' and falls over since he can't bear to give anything away.
Keywords: Christmas  Fun  Generosity  Greed  Helping others  Jesus  Selfishness  Sharing  
8. When Is A Bear Not A Bear? by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.6 , Votes: 17

This skit teaches kids about being real and true to themselves and God. Don't put on an act - just be real! They also learn a little bit about Australia and Koala Bears ... or should that be "marsupials"?
Keywords: Animals  Honesty  Truth  
9. God Loves Everyone by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.6 , Votes: 30

Billy betrays his friend and then feels so guilty that he thinks God could never forgive him and he will be doomed. He learns that although God doesn't like the bad things we do, he still loves us no matter what.
Keywords: Forgiveness  God  Love  
10. Praying For My Friends by Jeff Robson Picture available Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.5 , Votes: 19

Jen prays for her friend who isn't feeling well and he begins to recover.
Keywords: Healing  Prayer  
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