Carnival D’Mar (Carnival of the Sea) provided an immersive environment for an audience to explore. Inspired by Peter and the Wolf, Carnivale D’Mar celebrated the capture of the ‘Kraken’ that has been terrorising seafaring folk from these parts for generations.The performances incorporated puppetry, music, dance, circus, physical theatre and clowning into a high energy, fun and slightly macabre experience. The show begun with a parade that traveled from the Albany Entertainment Centre, along the refurbished foreshore to the Boat Shed, the home of the Festival of the Sea. The centerpiece of the parade was the giant Kraken caught by Little Peter and his Friends

Conceived by SEA Artistic Director Simon Clarke and directed, designed and constructed by Sandy O’Doherty, with assistance from Jane Davies and the SEA tutors, Carnivale D’Mar provided a visually rich and enthralling environment for visitors to explore.

SEA Members were involved in the creation, development and realisation of all characters, puppets, booths, stalls, exhibits and other carnival features. They have contributed significantly to the design and construction of the parade, as well as the choreography of circus routines and dance sequences and, working closely with SEA tutors.

Carnivale D’Mar has been created to celebrate the capture of the fearsome creature of the SEA by the littlest of heroes, PETER. In honour of the bravery and courage shown by Peter and his friends.Southern Edge Arts and Festival of the Sea were opening a Victorian style fairground with:

  • Amazing Automatons (choreography from the SEA dancers),
  • Aerial Cirque Extraordinaire, Clockwork Contortions and Virtuosic Object Manoeuvrers (circus routines and juggling),
  • Ventriloquists of Valour (a puppet show retelling the remarkable tale of how Peter caught the Kraken),
  • Fantastical and faceless comedians (mask and drama)
  • Mechanical Fortune-tellers, and a Sideshow alley with numerous diversions to entertain and amuse.

The theme of Carnival D’Mar is Steampunk. Simon Clarke explains: “Steampunk – an anachronistic Victorian-style aesthetic, defined by the phrase ‘what the past would look like if the future had happened sooner’ – set the scene for this fair and allowed our members (60 of them) to really relish the things they made and the characters they created, which means those who came enjoyed delightful surprises and had a whole lot of fun.”


“What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner”

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain — that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy.Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or more recently Philip Pullman.