crate theatre

crate design

The Crate Theatre came about via many influences, the greatest being an alternative use for an iconic everyday object, the milk crate.

In the UK for example, the milk crate is used in a different way to that of Australia. A milk float carries pint milk bottles in crates for delivery to the door while collecting empties for cleaning and refilling. The crates have dividers to keep the glass bottles separated from each other, pretty much restricting use for carrying much else. The Australian crate however, sturdy crate with a multitude of uses!

Design Brief:

crate puppet theatre

Welcome to The Crate Puppet Theatre. Darwin's smallest and most intimate venue!

A contemporary vision of the ancient and magical art of puppetry, clandestine delivery of stories delivered by characters barely 7 cm tall.

The crates intimacy is due to well, it is just that, a milk crate... There is one puppeteer and one audience member, the show is viewed through a peep hole and sound is via headphones.

crate technical

An outline of the steps taken to set up the control of light and sound for The Crate Puppet Theatre, I hope parts or possibly all of this will be useful for a wider audience.

So, while it is a notebook for me, I have also broken down some other online resources into instructions, kind of a speed tech for creatives approach.

crate sound - headphone amplifier

The Crate Theatre sound is delivered through headphones, while I have been wanting to make myself a portable high fidelity headphone amplifier for some time, I needed to use parts available locally.

Enter the Duinotech 2 x 3W PAM8403 IC amplifier module, $5.00 locally...

There are many posts on the web stating that is not possible to common the output ground on the PAM8403 IC for use with 3 pole jack connectors, full H bridge output etc. I tried two options before finding a near working solution.

So, what DIDN'T work:

Crate Yard

Where is "The Crate Puppet Theatre" showing? Are there any workshops coming up?

Darwin Fringe Festival 15-24 July 2016

The Crates first showings with the debut of "Lost"

The Crate becomes flat-pack!

Currently re-working the crate to a smaller traveling size, a true suitcase tour!




A new day, Isolated, betrayed, frazzled. Survival instinct intact… Unashamedly kitsch, some clichés and a little culture, The Crate presents ‘Lost!’ A very short piece for a mature audience.

Inspired by a story of two swimmers with only their towels, taking the wrong turn from a waterhole in Litchfied National Park, NT. They were spotted by helicopter the day after! What would reality be if lost in the Bush.