David Hamilton

 

Master puppeteer and entertainer, David Hamilton has been entertaining audiences nationally and internationally with his unique blend of puppetry music and song for over 25 years and is now regarded as Australia's leading exponent of marionettes.

This muti-award winning entertainer has three times been voted by his peers Queensland Variety Entertainer and Children's Speciality Act of the Year before being inducted into the Queensland Entertainer of the Year Hall of Fame. David was also winner of the Mobil Quest Singing Competition and the prestigious Australian BP Quiet Achiever of the Year Award for community involvement in the performing arts.

David was appointed Entertainment Producer for the Piazza Venue at World Expo 88 and was responsible for the production of over 1,842 national and international acts for world-renowned special events director Ric Birch. This led to the formation of his own successful marionette company producing Australia's largest touring marionette theatre productions of such classics as "Winnie the Pooh", "Cinderella", "Aladdins Lamp", "Hansel and Gretel" and an original work "Bunda's Magic Coins".

His unique Solo Marionette Variety Act has performed worldwide at major theatres, festivals corporate shows, casinos and special events to critical acclaim.

Gifted with a powerful tenor singing voice, David's vocal training at the Qld Conservatorium of Music under world-renowned Opera Tenor Sir Donald Smith OBE resulted in the winning of numerous singing competitions and performances with Opera Qld. This eventually lead to the combination of both talents: singing and puppetry.

David is the only Australian puppeteer to produce and program the computer audio animatronics variety production for Dreamworld and the Hyperdome. He regularly makes guest appearances for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) "Out of the Box " children's festival, Singapore and NewZealand Festivals , Qld Pops Orchestra "Night of Stars" and Lunch time Cabaret for Energex Brisbane Festival . David toured nationally for the 'World Festival of Magic" and performed at a Royal Command Performance in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent

In 2000, David produced "Puppet Mania" for Qld Arts Council Ontour inschools . This action-packed musical, puppet extravaganza specialising in large-scale trick marionettes with moving mouths and eyes in spectacular costumes, brought a higher level of professional puppetry to the program.

"Puppet Mania" has toured exclusively for the Qld Arts Council for the past 4 years and achieves a sound balance of education and entertainment while presenting this unique and popular performing art to Qld schools.

When David is not touring with the Qld Arts council he is busy performing for other major annual national and international contracts such as Millennium Entertainment International, Queensland Investment Corporation, Kiwi Income Property Trust, Westfield, Centro, Gandel and Retail First Companies.