Redcliffe actor tied up in Curtin production 12 Strings and the Scale of Things


Clarissa Lee is all tied up with the Curtin University production of 12 Strings and the Scale of Things.
Clarissa Lee is all tied up with the Curtin University production of 12 Strings and the Scale of Things.

A GIANT puppet, a dragonfly, and the Greek gods of terror – Redcliffe local Clarissa Lee meets them all in a new Curtin University production.

The second year theatre and accounting student is one of the cast members bringing the puppet Leor to life in 12 Strings and the Scale of Things, as well as working behind the scenes as a deputy stage manager.

Directed by Rebecca Bradley, the live music spectacular explores fear, courage and love using puppets and visual theatre.

Lee (19) usually works behind the scenes, taking on stage manager and sound designer roles, and said it had been a great experience to tread the boards.

“It’s quite exciting. You get to see everything playing out from the very beginning until the end, and be part of the process,” she said.

“We’ve got Leor, who’s a giant puppet, and he’s actually from Spare Parts in Fremantle.

“What we’re doing now is two different shows. The string symphony is at lunch time for half an hour outside with a metal truss, and we get the audience to come and play with him. At night time, it’s 12 Things in the theatre. We’ve created a story for Leor, and we’re just the puppeteers to tell his story.”

“There’s a girl, there’s Leor, a dragon fly, and the Greek gods of terror. The girl and Leor are friends, and the dragonfly helps Leor along the way,” she said.

“Phobos and Deimos, because they’re the gods of terror, come and grab Leor’s heart one day. All of his parts are disconnected, because the heart is the main part of him. Throughout the show, he’s trying to find ways to get his heart back from Phobos and Deimos.”

12 Strings and the Scale of Things opens at 7pm on Tuesday, August 1, at the new Hayman Theatre. It runs every night until Saturday, August 5.

Tickets are $15. Go to payments.curtin.edu.au.