Loose Ends

6 October 2020

Produced by Jens Altheimer

Event postponed // New date to be confirmed

Due to the ongoing and developing nature of the Coronavirus Pandemic, this event and workshop have been postponed. Our Box Office team are currently in the process of contacting all ticket holders and we appreciate and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this.

At present, the rescheduled date is yet to be confirmed however updates will be posted here on our website and to our Facebook page. You can also subscribe to our mailing list to keep up-to-date with show announcements, news and events here at CPAC.

Makers, creators, and story lovers; dive into a theatrical adventure that feels like the magic box of a bygone trickster!

Journey to an eccentric place where gadgets are poetic, puppets naughty, machines untamed and circus tricks pop up when you’re least expecting it! This is a world where music appears from lemons, carrots and bunny’s bums, monsters go crazy and birthday parties are ferociously celebrated.

Loose Ends is the story of a man who thinks he can organise all his life in boxes, and has a knack for getting into mischief. Can this tinkerer learn enough about real friendship to keep him out of trouble? Loose Ends is a family show, combining custom-built contraptions, puppetry, circus, shadow projection, music and transformed objects. It is a story about friendship, loyalty and inventiveness, in a whimsical world of half-mechanised thingamabobs and headstrong puppets.

Built from hard rubbish and op-shop treasures, the set is a celebration of the capricious: household items are transformed and given new uses and contexts, offering a humorous and surprising look at things. This breathtaking show is highly visual, emotional and unpredictable. It makes inventions and machines fun and adds a few quirky edges to puppetry. Ever wondered what Elmo would look like without his fur? The show has a sneakily educational post-show component, where a few of its tinkering and technological elements are explained and experimented with.

About the Company

Jens Altheimer, who relocated from Europe to Melbourne in 2009, is a performer, director and teacher in theatre and circus, trained at the Lecoq International School of Theatre in Paris. Zealous frontman of his one-man shows, quirkologist, established collector, inventor and transformer of thingamabobs and other wondrous oddities of day to day life. Jens Altheimer is touring his productions Squaring the Wheel and Loose Ends nationally and internationally. He was the 2013 winner of “Best Presentation for Children” at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. and was nominated for the same award in 2017. He also runs community arts projects around the concept of kinetic installations with different organisations (Creative Victoria, Science Works, Artplay, Theatre Kimberley, Art is…Festival, The Village Festival) and as an extra component to his tours.

Creative Team

Devised and performed by Jens Altheimer
Music and soundscape Carl Polke
Creative Input Chris Bennett

 This workshop has been cancelled

The Wacky Lolly Shooting Machine

Science, fun and construction go hand-in-hand in this fascinating workshop - the perfect school holiday activity for inquisitive minds!

After a short introduction to the functioning of contraptions and into the world of chain- reactions, participants will build a room sized domino-like mechanism out of recycled materials. Equipped with a building sheet, participants will start transforming a pile of apparent random stuff into a working component of the whole machine in a process of creative thinking, tinkering and experimentation.

Once all assembled and connected, participants learn to preset their part, eliminate mistakes and explain the functioning of their section to others. After that, off we go! Once triggered, there is no stopping the chain-reaction (at least in a perfect world) until the big final surprise: it ends as a Wacky Lolly Shooting Machine!

Creativity, problem solving, precision, learning through doing, communication and team work are encouraged, whilst children gain some hands-on understanding of the ‘cause and effect’principle.

This workshop is suitable for ages 8 - 12 years, spaces are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Time: 10am & 12.30pm

Cost: $10 per person

Duration: 1 hour

Where: CPAC

Contact the CPAC Box Office or phone 4993 4266 to reserve your place.


Tuesday, 6 October at 12pm & 2pm

Event postponed, new date to be confirmed.


1 hour, no interval


“A magical children’s theatre show filled with fascinating surprises” - The Clothesline

“Full of handmade gadgets and contraptions that will leave children in awe” - The Advertiser

“A fanciful journey of friendship with raw emotion and laugh out loud comedy” - What’s on in Adelaide

“Really draws you in, encourages you to use your other senses, and engages your imagination.” - Play and Go Adelaide

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