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MOOMIN TROLLS AT FREO SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

 

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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre presents its  production of Moominpappa at Sea, an adaptation of celebrated Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson’s book, at its Fremantle Short Street theatre at Princess May Park from January 14 for the 2019 summer holidays.

Moominpappa at Sea follows a family of Moomin trolls who embark on a great adventure to find a new home on a rocky, windswept island far out to sea. As the Moomins explore the mysterious surroundings of their new island home, we get a unique opportunity to see the world through their eyes, and this adventure story of a family ‘at sea’ becomes a journey of self-discovery for us all.

This timeless and imaginative story is brought to life by the director and solo performer, Michael Barlow who draws you into the lives of these enchanting creatures as they face challenges with courage, humour and optimism.

Moominpappa at Sea is the eighth novel in the legendary Moomin series. Jansson’s witty and whimsical Moomin characters have captured the imaginations of millions around the world, inspiring movies, TV shows and theme parks, and even the naming of the asteroid, Moomintroll in 1995.

The season begins on January 14 and runs until February 2, with two shows daily at 10am and 1pm, Monday to Saturday (no shows Sundays or Public Holidays).

There are also three special evening performances on January 18 and 25, and February 1 at 6.30pm. At 45 minutes and suitable for ages five and above, Moominpappa at Sea is a charming and timeless show that will delight and inspire all ages to be more curious about the world around us.

Book online at http://www.sppt.asn.au or by calling 9335 5044.

Roel Loopers

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SPARE PARTS SHOWS THE NIGHT ZOO

Posted in children, city of fremantle, culture, family, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2018

 

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School holidays are nearly here-again, so Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be showing The Night Zoo from September 22 onward.

Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in the apartment. Tonight, her dreams will take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and the importance of caring for another living thing.

September 22 to October 6 Monday to Saturday 10am and 1pm daily (no shows Sundays or Public Holidays) plus special Friday 6.30pm performances on Sep 28 and Oct 5.

Price: From $23 (plus booking fee)
Duration: 45 mins
Bookings/Enquiries: http://www.sppt.asn.au

 

AUSLAN AT SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, spare parts puppet theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2018

 

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Good to see that the Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is having special performances with Auslan sign language assistance for those with hearing difficulties.

Roel Loopers

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SPARE PARTS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA THIS WEEKEND

 

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Two cultural highlights for Fremantle this weekend. At the Shipwrecks Museum Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will start the Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock, while the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra will perform with clarinetist Michael Hodgkins in the Fremantle Townhall this Sunday.

….and more cultural greatness: Fremantle Arts Centre has confirmed its position as one of Perth’s most popular concert venues, with ticket sales for events over the next few months topping $1.2 million.
The historic venue will host Welsh rockers Stereophonics on 5 May, Angus and Julia Stone on 26-27 May and Vance Joy on 23-24 September.
City of Fremantle Arts and Culture Manager Pete Stone said combined the three acts had sold more than 15,000 tickets.

Roel Loopers.

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MISSING SOCK IN SHIPWRECKS MUSEUM

 

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Now this is an interesting new idea by Fremantle’s Spare  Parts Puppet Theatre. Their world premiere production, Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock starts next weekend, but not at the Short Street theatre but at the beautiful old  WA Shipwrecks Museum!

Step back in time as you enter an adventurous journey where you choose your own path and become an active participant in the show! You’ll receive a passport to guide you on your travel, however you’ll need to use all of your senses to find the elusive missing sock!! Book now: bit.ly/2CPuk9F

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SPACE FRAME FOR SPARE PARTS THEATRE

 

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The Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre building is getting a modern facelift in form of a so-called exo-skeleton. It’s a kind of Zimmer frame for buildings, as the images above show.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries commissioned North Fremantle Slavin Architects to help solve a problem identified with the Spare Parts building at Pioneer Park.

Slavin Architects were engaged by the Department to assess the external walls which were showing signs of potential structural instability.

Instead of demolishing and rebuilding the walls, which would have had a dramatic impact on Spare Parts future programs, Slavin Architects took a more lateral approach which was to brace the outside of the building with an ‘exo-skeleton’ or space-frame. Not only was the cost substantially lower than rebuilding the walls, but the time lost was minimal.

“The minimalist works provide an elegant and sculptural solution to a building of cultural and social significance to the City and the State.

JOIN SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2018

 

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If you always wanted to pull the strings this is YOUR opportunity!

Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre  is looking for Front of House, Performance Assistants and Technical Assistants.

Be a part of the world premiere production of Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock. This is a great opportunity to work alongside industry experts and gain insider experience into the wonderful world of theatre production! Help Spare Parts Puppet Theatre deliver its most ambitious project ever!

More info: bit.ly/2yYza50

FREE NAN&POP DAY AT SPARE PARTS THEATRE

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, spare parts puppet theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

Nan&Pop Day at Spare Parts

 

Hey boys and girls, tomorrow is a great day to give Nan and Pop a special treat and it is free!

SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE  is having NAN&POP Day on Thursday and that means the oldies get in for free and you’ll only have to pay for the tickets of the children.

There is a very funny Roald Dahl play on, so don’t miss it!

Bookings through their website.

Roel Loopers

 

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SPARE PARTS THEATRE RENOVATIONS

Posted in culture, fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

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WA Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced a $ 400,000 upgrade of the Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre at Pioneer Park.

The upgrade is only exterior with a so-called exo-skeleton being wrapped around the back of the building to strengthen it, but I hear that there might be more extensive plans, which I can not disclose yet.

Spare Parts will temporarily move to the Dolphin Theatre at the University of Western Australia in July and August.

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival will be the first performance at the Dolphin Theatre from July 1-15.

More info and tickets: http://www.sppt.asn.au

Roel Loopers

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PUPPETEER NORIKO NISHIMOTO DIED

Posted in art, fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre, western australia by freoview on May 20, 2016

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I am sad to hear that charming Fremantle puppeteer Noriko Nishimoto has died from cancer at the age of 75.

Many people will remember the diminutive and elegant woman from her days at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre where she was the founding puppetry master.

Over the last few years I often saw Noriko on her walks through Freo in her white sneakers, always with that gentle smile on her face, and she performed in the first ever Spare Parts show I watched many years ago.

May she rest in peace.

Roel Loopers

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