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.
FOX is Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre‘s latest production, so make sure not to miss it>
Adapted from the award winning book by Margaret Wild & Ron Brooks, this riveting fable will take you on a journey through scorched scrubland and ochre deserts to discover the meaning of loyalty, companionship and betrayal.
Told through a fusion of puppetry and dance, Fox highlights the constant battle between remaining faithful and falling for temptation, and reminds us that the strength of friendship can give us the courage to get through difficult times.
Fox, Dog and Magpie’s timeless story will leave you with questions that may take a lifetime to answer…
Duration: 50 minutes. Suitable for all ages, perfect for ages 6+
September 26- October 10. 10am & 1pm daily
Plus 6:30pm performance on September 30 & October 9
No Performances Sundays or public holidays
ROEL FOR FREO!. BEACONSFIELD WARD. TRULY INDEPENDENT.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162
Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre presents its new production Moominpappa at Sea, an adaptation of celebrated Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson’s book, from April 4 to 18 for the school holidays.
Moominpappa at Sea follows a family of Moomintrolls who embark on a great adventure to find a new home. As the Moomins explore the mysterious surroundings of their new island home, we get a unique opportunity to see the world through the eyes of these inquisitive creatures and the adventure becomes a compelling journey of self-discovery for us all.
This timeless and delightful 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.
Michael Barlow, Associate Director of Spare Parts, who worked with Creative Consultant Noriko Nishimoto to co-create the production, said he was thrilled to share the enchanting world of the Moomintrolls with Western Australian audiences. A highly skilled puppeteer, Barlow breathes life into the enchanting Moomin puppets, designed and constructed by Leon Hendroff and which are faithful to Tove Jansson’s original illustrations.
“The Moomins are exceptional characters and the puppets that have been created by Leon Hendroff are so engaging that it feels like there are many of us on stage. Combined with Lee Buddle’s new music score, Elliot Chambers’ lighting design and the creative collaboration of Noriko Nishimoto, the show is a complete and richly layered theatrical experience that all the family can share together.”
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 – as well as the naming of the asteroid, Moomintroll.
Australia’s oldest puppetry company, Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has announced the creation of a new puppetry unit with Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as well as the 2015 intake of artists in its own in-house training program, FirstHand the only dedicated puppetry training program in Australia.
Now in its fourth year, FirstHand aims to support emergent artists to develop their skills within the art form of puppetry. It immerses the participants in all aspects of the creation and performance of puppetry including a two-week intensive skills training period, support through a creative development process, business skills and training, and presentation opportunities.
The 2015 intake of artists sees Humphrey Bower, Yvan Karlsson and Sam Longley join an impressive alumni of FirstHand artists.
Recent graduates include Chloe Flockart, nominated in the 2015 Performing Arts Awards for Best Actress for Farm, St John Cowcher currently touring internationally with The Adventure’s of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, and Bec Bradley, also nominated in the 2015 PAWA Awards for her role in Farm.
Fremantle Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has been nominated for six 2015 Performing Arts Awards including Best Production for its acclaimed original show Farm. Winners will be announced in the Spiegeltent at the Perth Cultural Centre on February 23.
Chloe Flockart, graduate of Spare Parts’ FirstHand emergent puppetry artist training program, has been nominated for Best Actress and Bec Bradley for Best Supporting Actress. Both Lighting Designer Graham Walne and Puppet / Set Designer Matt McVeigh have been nominated for Best Design. Spare Parts’ Artistic Director and Farm Director Philip Mitchell has been nominated for Best Director and the show has been nominated in the overall Best Production category.
Farm was developed over a two-year period drawing inspiration from the Wheatbelt town of Merredin through a series of immersive residencies, in partnership with Collgar Wind Farm, CBH Group and the Shire of Merredin.
Good luck, Spare Parts. I hope you win them all!
It is really good to see how popular the Fremantle ESPLANADE YOUTH PLAZA is. The place was packed today with kids and families, doing all sorts of activities, and a couple of police officers also keeping an eye on it. But it is a very peaceful and respectful environment at the EYP and that is one of the best things of it all.
At the Spare Parts Theatre the FARM play is on but also the School of Puppetry doing workshops for kids, and outside in Pioneer Park there are big colourful figures made by the people of the wheatbelt town of Merredin.