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R.I.P. NINGALI LAWFORD

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2019

 

I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of actress Ningali Lawford-Wolf who died in London over night. She was only 52 years old.

I met Ningali for the very first time when she had her one woman show Ningali in the Fremantle Moores building in 1994. It was brilliant and I went to see it two more times and told everyone I knew to not miss it.

Ningali was a Wangkatjunka woman who became more widely known for her role in  Rabbit Proof Fence and Brand Nue Dae.

Her beautiful energy will be missed!

Roel Loopers

 

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

 

THAT WAS A GREAT FREO LONG WEEKEND!

 

 

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We live in a special place here in Fremantle when one considers that we had a massive influx of tens of thousands of people over the four days of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and the days went peacefully without any big hicups and everyone had a smile on their face.

The 20th street arts festival was not the most outstanding in my opinion with a bit too much of the same for my taste because it lacked variety and creative top class performers.  My favourites were the roaming spectacle of the big birdmen and the funny roving photographers in their rain coats.

But what a great weekend for Freo and hopefully also for our traders!

Roel Loopers

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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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NEW FREMANTLE PERFORMING ARTISTS

 

Fremantle Performing Artists

 

There is a new community theatre company with a difference. They don’t just perform stage plays, and don’t just concentrate on traditional theatre.

Fremantle Performing Artists is a new community group which is looking for new members.

If you or somebody you know is interested in the performing arts, regardless of experience level, send an email to brenton.foale@outlook.com or contact Brenton Foale on 0457447333.

At the moment FPA are asking for expressions of interest, while they build the group. In the coming weeks they will be holding a welcome event.

The Fremantle Performing Artists will be open to two different age groups, with separate sessions for each group. For members aged 13 to 18, and aged 19 & over.

Experience in the performing arts is not necessary, you will develop these skills and experience through continued workshops with industry professionals.

Workshops will include traditional theatre, street theatre, filmmaking, and more. Through workshops you will build confidence, develop new skills and expand on existing skills.

Each year the Fremantle Performing Artists plan to perform a minimum of two stage productions.

Organiser, Brenton Foale, has in excess of 35 years experience in the entertainment industry, including stage, screen, and television.

 

Roel Loopers

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NOTHING MISERABLE ABOUT FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

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There is always something going on in Fremantle and this morning proved it again.

When I walked out of Chalkys after my routine daily espresso there, I noticed a lot of young people in period costumes, so had to find out what was going on of course.

It was O’Connor-based  MSJ Productions doing a Les Miserables music video with their students.

MSJ does vocal, dance and theatre classes, so if your kids are interested have a look at the website.

Roel Loopers

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ROUNDHOUSE FRINGE FESTIVAL THEATRE

Posted in art, fremantle, fringe festival, roundhouse by freoview on January 17, 2017

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Western Australia’s oldest public building the historic Roundhouse goal at Fremantle’s Arthur Head took on a whole different look last night when the dress rehearsals for the FREO ROYALE fringe festival show Out Of The Cave went under way.

The play takes a raw and honest look at youth culture, the beautiful and brutal, the drugs, alcohol, relationships, and the ever looming threat of sliding down into the dark from where there is no return.

I liked the show a lot and the young actors did a splendid job, so I hope the Freo community will head out to the far west of town from Saturday on to see the show. It is well worth it!

Check out http://www.freoroyale.com.au for information about all the shows.

Tickets: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/out_of_the_cave/4951e146-b4d0-423c-b615-2429bd331dd1/

Roel Loopers

GO SEE FOX AT SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Posted in fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre by freoview on September 23, 2015

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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 Loopers

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MOOMIN TROLLS AT SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Posted in art, fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre by freoview on April 7, 2015

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Photos by JESSICA WYLD

Photos by JESSICA WYLD

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.

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