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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

 

PAPER BIRD PUPPET SHOW FOR KIDS

Posted in BOOKS, children, culture, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

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The delightful PAPER BIRD Children’s Books & Arts shop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is putting up a very special puppet show with mini workshop for children between the age of 3 and 7 years old.

The puppet show will be performed by the Five Elements Theatre.

It is on Monday July 10 from 10 am till 1 pm and ticket door sales are $ 25.00.

The shop is next to the Moores Building arts centre at 42 Henry Street and good coffee and food next door at the Moore&Moore cafe that also shares a nature playground with Paper Bird.

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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

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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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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.

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FREMANTLE FAREWELLS GIANT PUPPETS

Posted in art, fremantle, piaf by freoview on February 15, 2015

The Giant Puppets are on their way back to France after an amazing success at the Perth International Arts Festival-PIAF that attracted hundreds of thousands of people and challenged the public transport in Perth.

Today thousands came to the Swan River foreshore to say goodbye to the huge marionettes. The sound of didgeridoos announced the progress of the barge along the river.

The Girl and the Diver were also accompanied by a large flotilla of boats  to the East Street jetty in Fremantle, where the puppets were put on the back of trucks to be driven to the port.

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FREO’S OUTSTANDING SPARE PARTS PUPPET THEATRE

Posted in fremantle, spare parts puppet theatre by freoview on February 9, 2015

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!

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SPARE PARTS OPEN NIGHT ZOO

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, theatre by freoview on December 1, 2014

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The great little creative Fremantle institution Spare Parts Theatre is holding an Open Night-THE NIGHT ZOO this Wednesday December 3 at 6.30 pm.

RSVP admin@sppt.asn.au or call 9335 5044 if you’d like to be part of it.

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FANTASTIC FREMANTLE FESTIVAL AHEAD

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on September 22, 2014

I had a preview of the program of the 109th FREMANTLE FESTIVAL, which will be running from October 26 to November 9 this year, and it is HUGE and eclectic. There is so much variety and especially a large number of new theatre, dance and music events, that it will be impossible not to find something to anyone’s liking.

Contrary to previous years the Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival is on Sunday October 26 from 12 noon to 7 pm and not on Saturday.

Also on that day is the Blessing of the Fleet starting at 2 pm and the fireworks at 8 pm.

On November 2 we have Jazz in the Park at Samson Park from 5-7 pm, and Classical Encounters in the courtyards, foyers and halls of Notre Dame University between 12-6 pm.

There are many Black Box Theatre events upstairs at the Spare Parts Theatre in an intimate space for just 50 people, so make sure to book your tickets early for that.

There is also a Japanese Film Festival at the Millenium Cinema from October 29 to November 2 and the Fibonacci Centre will have an open day and the Blinco Street Post Industrial Artists Fair.

Of course the always fun Tweed Parade will cycle through the city and the traditional Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival will be held at the Fremantle Arts Centre on November 8 between 12 and 5 pm.

This is a very impressive looking festival program with heaps of art exhibitions, theatre in the suburbs, etc. that will end with the Street Parade and Diwali Street Dance Party on Sunday November 9.

Let the fun begin!!

Roel Loopers

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TIE THE KANGAROO, and everything else, DOWN FREO!

Posted in fremantle, photography, storm, weather by freoview on July 7, 2014

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The wind is already very strong and showers obscured the view from Arthur Head to Fremantle harbour this morning, but there is more sever weather to come. Expect big storms, thunder and even hail later today, so tie everything down outside and try to keep out of the rain. It’s not a great start to the school holidays and to keep the kids occupied, but things will hopefully improve soon.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has got the Little Prince on show, so book your seats! Your children will love you for it.

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