When the master of artsy, crafty ideas makes his first appearance in Albury on Tuesday, July 3, he wants all the Mini Makers to bring along their own art creation.
Mister Maker is excited about visiting the Border with his new touring show, featuring lots of singing, dancing and making.
“It’s our first time in Albury, so we're so excited to be bringing this brand new show to the Entertainment Centre and we want everyone to feel part of it, whether they are up on stage or sitting in their seats,” Mister Maker says, “and we want everyone to bring some artwork.
“Everyone who brings in their picture will get an exclusive Mister Maker sticker but also you might get the chance of putting your picture up on what I think is the greatest art gallery in the world.”
Mister Maker has packed the Makermobile with everything he needs, as well as his kitchen fridge which will be adorned with fan pictures.
“I’ve brought my fridge all the way from the UK and we’re going to bring the fridge out on stage and it is exactly what you’d think a Mister Maker fridge would look like, it’s a very colourful thing and we’re going to be sticking up artwork onto my fridge,” he says.
For more than a decade Phil Gallagher has pulled on Mister Maker’s colourful poker dot vest and quirky tan jacket and he says performing live allows great interaction for fans of all ages.
Gallagher says he was always a crafty kid but admits he practices regularly.
“I think arts and craft is something everyone enjoys. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re 1 or 101 or somewhere in between everyone loves making things,” Gallagher says.
He says the live show brings its own extra pressure.
“I practice the minute makes again and again and again so I can make sure I know how to make them properly and also that I can do it in a minute, because it is nerve-wracking stuff,” he says.
“In this day and age, there’s not only eyes watching closely but hundreds and thousands of cameras recording it as well, we really encourage that in our live show.
“A lot of theatre shows you’re told to put your phones away and cameras away but we encourage it.
“If people want to bring their cameras and take photos we really want them to enjoy the show and take photos and videos of themselves dancing with The Shapes and all that sort of stuff, we love it but it does at a little bit of pressure.”