Lachlan Plain Studios

Since childhood Lachlan has lived in other worlds, on different plains, navigating them via several mediums – performance, painting and the written word…

As artistic director of Sanctum Theatre, a visual performance company presenting live art in everyday spaces since 2006, he has written, designed, directed, performed in and produced many plays, live art events, puppet shows, roving acts and the short film, the ferryman and his wife (American Independent Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2010). Sanctum Theatre’s inaugral show, lament: candles & compost at the Abbotsford Convent (2006),was described by The Age as ‘full of striking images… shadowplay and puppetry were absorbingly innovative’ and Inpress as a ‘startling work that is at once confronting and yet comforting’, (

Since 2012 Sanctum Theatre has collaborated extensively with Magic Lantern Studio, most significantly on The Man Who Cannot Sleep (White Night Melbourne & Ballarat 2018,, Life is a Carousel (Melbourne International Festival of Puppetry, Green Room Award for Puppetry 2017) and giant bug puppets for the Bug Lab exhibition at Melbourne Museum (2017).

He won the 2012 Impress Prize for The Lost Journals of Pedro Piscator and other Tales, an eclectic illustrated collection of tall tales published by Impress Books. He has also taken part in several solo and group exhibitions, as well as creating street art, public art and community art for business, government and community-based clients. The most notable of these being Life on Planet Daisyworld (2015), a 30 x 10m street art mural in Fitzroy and The Final Voyage of Pedro Piscator, a 5 x 11m mural at Bulleen Art & Garden.

He has also worked for the Snuff Puppets for the past few years, an irreverent and scatological giant puppet company, performing in their shows and directing their People Puppet Projects in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, South Korea, Thailand, Brazil and Chile; including performing in Everybody (Melb. 2015, Sao Paolo 2016), a 28m long puppet that went viral, reaching over a billion views online, (

He studied puppetry and theatre making at the Victorian College of the Arts.



Click here to download Lachlan’s curriculum vitae.