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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

ROEL FOR FREO!. BEACONSFIELD WARD. TRULY INDEPENDENT.

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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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HILARIOUS FREO STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fremantle by freoview on April 5, 2015

The yearly Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL is my favourite festival. It beats the Fremantle Festival by a million country miles because it is very funny and very compact over only three days of the Easter long weekend.

There are some outstanding hilarious international acts and I recommend not to miss it. The trains are running from Perth, so leave the car at home as many inner city streets have been closed off. Avoid the hassle and just come and relax, smile, have a belly laugh, something nice to eat and drink, and soak up the good old Freo lifestyle.

There are alfresco street bars and beer gardens all over and High Street is an oasis with comfy armchairs and sofas and good music and art.

COME TO FREO TOMORROW ON EASTER MONDAY!

Roel Loopers

EXCITING FREO STREET ARTS FESTIVAL AHEAD

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, street arts festival by freoview on March 18, 2015

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The Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL during the long Easter weekend in April is always one of my favourites and I spend the three days roaming the streets to see as many of the acts as I can. Festival coordinator Alex Marshall and his small team always manage to get very good international performers to Freo for the festival and this year promises to be exciting again.

PASAJE from Cuba will tell that nations culture and history in music, dance and story telling, SIVOUSPLAIT from Japan act out what happens when two mimes fall in love, FAUSTO BARILE from Italy invites us to look inside our belly, giant rats will roam the streets of Fremantle THE RATS from Spain perform.

From our neighbours New Zealand comes LURK and his quirky mime who will follow you like a shadow. Forget the Giant Puppets, THE GIANT SEAGULLS flew over all the way from the United Kingdom to put their beaks where they should not be, and the uniquely awesome YUKINKO AKIRA from Japan will mesmerise us all.

FLOWER POWER from France, MADAM BONBON from the UK, CIRCUS WA, FUNNY BONES (Japan and UK), WINTERBOURNE from Australia, PERKY&FIDDLE from the Netherlands, MR SPIN from Australia,, OLE from Spain, ZAP CIRCUS (Australia), FUTURE FREO, THE BROOKLYN HEALER(UK) ELOISE GREEN THE HULA QUEENS (Australia), SENMARU (Japan), KIKI&PASCAL (UK).

There is something for everyone and finally a new pitch in the West End of town at the Orient Hotel.

There is also the WEST END WEEKENDER food, art, music market in High Street all long weekend. WOW!

Roel Loopers

P.S. I noticed an advertisement from the Public Transport Authority in the program, so that will hopefully mean that the trains will be operating for the first time in three years during the Street Arts Festival.

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FIRSTHAND LEARNING OF PUPPETRY

Posted in fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre by freoview on March 6, 2015

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.

Roel Loopers

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