Nyet Nyet's Picnic is a giant puppet spectacle presenting Indigenous Australian bunyip stories and cautionary tales that have been collected from all over Victoria, Australia.
Bunyips live in creeks, riverbeds, waterholes and swamps, emerging to terrify and sometimes devour animals and humans.
In the 1880s bunyip sightings were reported in the Australian press and lonely, isolated white settlers/invaders wondered and worried about the existence of these native Australian monsters. Koories see bunyips as both real and as servers of important warning from the land.
The Snuff Puppets are honoured to co-present this show with a team of Indigenous artists. Nyet Nyet's Picnic is an act of reconciliation for the artists and it's audiences. The show features over a dozen huge puppets and original live music. Some of the stories are presented by the people who actually met bunyips in real life.
In the Nyet Nyet's Picnic the world of bunyips comes to life through humour, terror and fun.
The show gives voice to Indigenous mythology, so often ignored in modern Australia.
The show premiered on the banks of the Yarra River as the cultural highlight of the City of Melbourne's Reconciliation Week in 2005.
Nyets Nyets Picnic puppets and stories are also presented as a roaming act (Bunyips) and an interactive schools workshop.
Click here to see footage of the show.
Download a flyer of the show detailing our performances in Melbourne.
>> Nyet Nyet's Picnic in Melbourne (PDF)