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Thursday, September 3, 2015

In Context: Nufonia Must Fall

Nufonia Must Fall, the puppet-filled adaptation of DJ Kid Koala's titular graphic novel, comes to BAM on September 17. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #NufoniaMustFall.

Program Notes


Delicate, Controlled Manipulation: An Interview with Nufonia Must Fall's Puppeteers (BAM blog)
Explore the mechanisms underpinning this hyper-hybrid work of art in an interview with the show's puppeteers.

"Starting from Scratch" (Exclaim! Music)
A chance record store encounter and some Run DMC and Jazzy Jeff albums are the reason for DJ Kid Koala's career.

"Kid Koala: From Paperboy to Bluesman" (Interview Magazine)
Koala talks about floppy discs, being a horrible dancer, working with Radiohead, and more.

Watch & Listen

Nufonia Must Fall influences (Spotify)
Kid Koala shared some quiet time music that inspired the show, from Billie Holiday and Ennio Morricone to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Múm.

Nufonia Must Fall: A Making of the Stage Production (YouTube)
See what it takes to adapt a dialogue-free, 350-page graphic novel about robot love for puppets.

Art Talk with K.K. Barrett (Vice)
The Nufonia Must Fall director discusses his musician beginnings, chosing locations for films, diving into scripts, and more.

Now your turn...

What did you think? If you've read the graphic novel, what did you think of the translation from page to puppet? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #NufoniaMustFall.


  1. Love. Love. Love. Wonderful, inventive, artful and soulful show!

  2. the whole set up is brilliant
    but the story is a little boring, heard the 7 or 9 years kids sat right next to me kept asking their father why so funny
    if they can come up with a smarter plot, this show would be perfect

  3. I agree with a previous commenter that the story was a little trite, but I think that just served to provide mental space to enjoy checking in on the entire process of staging and shooting the live video. That was a whole drama in itself!