Murray Raine

 

Over the past decade Murray Raine has toured extensively in Australia's major theatres in principal roles with the Marionette Theatre of Australia, Peter Oldham's Performing Puppet Company and more recently in the $10,000,000 stage spectacular "Pan" which was co-produced by The Jim Henson Company, famous for The Muppets.

Murray has continually worked and toured professionally in theatre, film, theatre restaurants, night-clubs, radio, theatre-in-education, television commercials and cruise ships as well as directing and tutoring in the art of puppetry. His skills as a puppet designer have been used for television and stage.

In 1988 he was chosen to study in Master Classes with world-renowned French puppeteer, Phillippe Genty.

His numerous television credits include "Farscape", "The Midday Show", "Wonderworld", "Ridgy Didge", "Foxtel", "The Morning Show", "Good Morning Singapore", "The Sydney Week-ender", "The Andrew Denton Show", "Big Brother" and the famous "Dolmio" commercials. In 1987 he was commissioned by Australia's Life Education Centre to present "Harold G. Raffe", the giraffe for ATN 7's "Cartoon Connection".

Murray's one-man cabaret act has enthralled family audiences across Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and such exotic ports as Dubai in the Middle East. A Command Performance for royalty at the palace of the United Emirates was a highlight and shows the high esteem in which this international artist is held.

Apart from the demands of school touring, festivals and holiday programs for children, Murray is highly sought after for his exhilarating adult cabaret, "It's Vegas On A String!" featuring outrageous "send-ups" of Tina Turner, Elvis, Shirley Bassey, Pavarotti and Madonna. In this capacity he regularly appears on cruise liners, showrooms and cabaret venues.

In 1996 Murray became the first and only puppeteer to win the prestigious Australian entertainment industry's "Mo Award" for best visual act and was honoured for a second time in 2000. He has also had numerous nominations for best speciality artiste at the Australian Club Entertainment Awards.

Murray is continually updating his methods of presentation now using a black art style of theatre where the audience can actually see the puppeteer at work. Murray Raine's internationally acclaimed star-studded troupe includes over 25 outrageous marionettes and life-size rod puppets featuring truly spectacular costumes in a humorous, slick and vibrant cabaret style program. This is Australia's largest and most dynamic puppet revue that never fails to captivate and enthral an audience of any age.