Nick Barlow

Performing Artist, Designer

Nick has worked extensively as a physical performer, puppeteer, designer and animator. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Visual and Performing Arts (Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne) in 2001, Nick has performed with Snuff Puppets (Forest in the Night, Scarey, Circus Olé, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic), Polyglot Theatre (Paper Planet, Tangle, Ants, Cat City, How High the Sky), A Blanck Canvas (Southern Corroboree Frog, Messenger, Guardian) and Peepshow Inc (Slanting into the Void, A Bird a Tree the Moon) and was head puppeteer of Joey for the Australian tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s War Horse.

In 2016 and 2017 Nick toured North America and Australia as a puppeteer, physical performer and flyer with the Cirque Du Soleil show Toruk. In 2019 he returned to Cirque Du Soleil as a puppeteer and lion dancer in Rebel.

As a designer, Nick made props and sets for the Circus Oz shows Model Citizens, Precarious and Aurora, designed and sewed costumes for Polyglot Theatre shows Tangle, City of Riddles and Sticky Maze, constructed puppets with Snuff Puppets (many shows between 2001 and 2017) and created animation for St Martins Youth Theatre shows Somebody, Things That Keep Me Awake and One Day.

Nick co-devised, designed costumes and was the solo performer in Sarah Austin’s Only a Year, a work for babies, which won the best kids show at Melbourne Fringe and was nominated for a Green Room Award.

From 2018 to 2019 Nick created and performed in community art event Lake for Melbourne Fringe Festival, painted a 28m long mural at Circus Oz, made costumes for M-Ball (Sohla), made a cut-out animation for West Projections Festival, performed in Between The Trees (Melinda Hetzel & Co) and String Symphony (Spare Parts Puppet Theatre) at the Glow Winter Arts Festival, exhibited paintings at Unicorn Lane Gallery Ballarat and was puppet captain and performer for the 47th UAE National Day celebration in Abu Dhabi.

Nick’s participatory live art installation Nuku premiered at Geelong After Dark 2019 after development at The Village Arts Festival over many years.

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