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SPARE PARTS PUPPET ENTERTAINMENT

 

Spare Parts

 

Here is what Freo’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has to offer this year, so take note and take your children, or grandchildren, to one of the great theatre plays on offer.

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SPACEMARKET TO ACTIVATE FREO’S VICTORIA HALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2019

 

I just received this message from SPACEMARKET who will be activating Fremantle’s historic Victoria Hall for at least two years.

Below an edited version of the message they sent out:

Exciting news — this week we’ve been handed the [space activation] keys for the next two-years to one of Fremantle’s most stunning buildings — the historic Victoria Hall on High Street! 

We propose to inject life back into this special building with workspaces for arts & cultural organisations, the re-opening of the tiny bar alongside, and the return of the hall to the community as an affordable venue and event space. This is an interim activation over the next two years, while the new Civic Centre is built in King’s Square. 

Within the building, we have office space for up to six cultural production and creative service businesses. We’ve got a particular focus on film and broadcasting – think production offices, rehearsal space, screenings, workshops and filming – but also music and performing arts, publishing and visual arts, and services such as advertising and marketing, architecture and design, creative software and digital content. Note, this building isn’t suitable for art studios, but we’re on the hunt for new maker spaces as I write this.  

As for the hall itself, it has capacity for up to 280 persons and we’d love the calendar to be bursting with every type of local event you can think of —meetings, fundraisers, school shows, performance, workshops, clothes sales, markets, music, weddings, club meets, dance classes, yoga classes — you name it. It’s going to take a mo to get the venue hire booking system up and running, but we’ll be back to you as soon as we’ve made the online hire process smooth and easy for you to use. 

In the meantime, if you’re a small film biz, design outfit, a production company, a not-for-profit org, an architecture firm, a dance school etc. and looking for a new home (in a stunning space right in the centre of Fremantle) please get in touch. Likewise, if you need a space for reoccurring meetings / get-togethers / rehearsals etc – let us schedule you in before we start booking in the one-off events. 

We’ll be taking expressions of interest throughout October, to apply please fill out an EOI form here and we will be back to you shortly. If you would like to look at booking the hall for a re-occurring event or for more info please email us at at kate@spacemarket.com.au or sarah@spacemarket.com.au with VICTORIA HALL RENTAL as the subject line. 

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TAKING THE PUPPETS TO THE BEACH

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, puppets, spare parts puppet theatre, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2019

 

Spare Parts

 

Get ready for summer with On Our Beach. This hands-on, shoes-off, mozzie-repellent adventure live on stage, as Spare Parts Puppet Theatre becomes one gigantic play space for the next school holidays from September 28.

Written by award-winning playwright, Peta Murray, On Our Beach uses puppetry, interactivity and immersion to explore ideas of identity, belonging, and our connection to others and to the land we all live on.

In the show, the audience is taken on a journey through the world of a fantastical beach to discover what it is that unites us, and brings us together, that transcends flags and clothes or the colour of our skin.

Writer, Peta Murray said that On Our Beach explores notions of popularity, belonging, and resilience through playing games of fun and adventure together.

On Our Beach is about navigating relationships in a world that is sometimes fair and sometimes not,” she said. “Through games and activities, the production explores the fear that all of us experience at some point of missing out, being left out, or simply, just not being ‘in’.”

The school holidays season of On Our Beach starts on September 28. The show is 50 minutes long and suitable for all ages, but perfect for five and above. Performances are scheduled daily at 10am and 1pm (except Sundays and public holidays), with special twilight shows at 6.30pm on October 4 and 11. Bookings are essential and can be made online 24/7 at www.sppt.asn.auor by calling 9335 5044

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APPLY FOR FREMANTLE ARTS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 3, 2019

 

Local art projects and community groups can apply for a funding boost in the City of Fremantle’s latest round of arts and community grants.

Twice a year, in March and September, the City offers arts grants of up to $25,000 and community grants up to $10,000 for projects or activities that contribute to Fremantle’s wellbeing, vibrancy and cultural diversity.

The grants are financed from the City’s annual arts pool of $50,000 and community pool of $60,000.

City of Fremantle Community Development Manager Beverley Bone said the grants program empowered groups and individuals to develop their ideas, projects and events.

“Over the years, we’ve seen the grants program provide much–needed financial assistance for projects that support Freo’s vibrant arts and cultural sector, activate the city’s surrounds, facilitate learning opportunities and skills development for residents and strengthen community connection,” Ms Bone said.

“I would encourage any groups or individuals interested in applying to firstly visit the City’s website to learn more about the program guidelines and contact our grants officers to discuss their project.”

Arts and community grants funding is only available for projects delivered in the City of Fremantle. Grant applications close on 27 September, and successful applicants will be notified by end of November.

For more information about the grants program including eligibility requirements, visit the Arts and Community Grants page on the City of Fremantle website or contact the grants officers.

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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!

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FIRST FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVAL STARTS

 

This year is the first time that the Fremantle Festival is held in winter and it starts this Friday.

Fremantle’s 10 Nights in Port is a celebration of contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance fom July 12-21.

Spread across Fremantle’s precincts, 10 Nights in Port takes into consideration the traditions of the local community and the character of the historic city. Each component of the festival is carefully woven out of the fabric of this place, says Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Feast of the Deceiver, presented by Secret Squirrel Produc,ons, is a WA first and will lure guests into a world of ulterior motives, an immersive game and luxury dining. The luscious six-course dinner will occur in a secret central Fremantle location and will keep diners on their toes.

Also premiering, The Miss Behave Gameshow is a freewheeling, high-energy variety whirlwind. Direct from her sold out seasons in Las Vegas and Sydney, London cabaret queen Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique) will intoxicate audiences with her special brand of gliBering chaos.

In its ninth year, the highly successful Hidden Treasures winter music series will return as part of 10 Nights in Port with an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage.

Between shows, audiences can take a Soak in a series of outdoor relaxation stations where they can submerge and unwind or warm themselves by one of the many Festival Fires around the city.

The Festival Club at the Moore&Moore cafe will also offer a place to leisurely hangout throughout 1the Fremantle Festival with a series of hearty communal dining experiences, delicious drinks and music.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Glass Houses and Green Futures

Friday 12 – Thursday 18 July

Free

Glass Houses & Green Futures is a celebration of the horticultural knowledge and passion that exists across Fremantle. Conversation and cultivation will take place in five artist-built hothouses, led by the artists and gardening enthusiasts who keep Fremantle green, growing and blossoming. The site-specific glasshouses will host public sessions in locations across Fremantle and its satellite precincts.

Feast of the Deceiver

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July

Ticketed

Venture into a world of ulterior motives, immersive games and luxury dining, presented by Secret Squirrel Productions. Beginning as a luscious six-course dinner in a secret central Fremantle location, Feast of the Deceiver is not all that it first appears.

Fired Up

Raku firing & hot drinks: Saturday 20 July

Free

Fired Up is a participatory community project that reflects on what can happen when one master shares their skills among many students. Beginning with a series of public workshops, each ceramic form will then be placed into the fire to be hardened and cured.

Hidden Treasures

Thursday 11, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 July

Ticketed

In its ninth year, Hidden Treasures treats WA music fans to an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage. This series of gigs offers a rare peek into some of the West End’s most evocative and tucked-away workers’ clubs and small venues.

Future Treasures

Wednesday 17 July

Ticketed

Wowzzzeee

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 July

Free

The Miss Behave Gameshow

Friday 12, Saturday 13, Thursday 18, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July

Ticketed

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OUT-FOX SCHOOL HOLIDAY BOREDOM AT SPAREPARTS PUPPET THEATRE

 

 

There is a new play on for the school holidays at Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre so make sure to take the kids there.

Fox, A landmark in Australian children’s literature becomes a truly unforgettable experience on stage in the next school holidays show from July 6-20.

Adapted from the award-winning book by Margaret Wild (Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa) and Ron Brooks (The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek)Fox tells the story of unlikely companions, Dog and Magpie, who team up after a bushfire, and what happens when an even unlikelier friend, Fox, the outsider, enters their lives.

Fox is a contemporary classic fable and like all great fables this extraordinary tale will resonate long after you leave the theatre. With the delightful fun-filled Dog, Fox’s villainy and Magpie’s love, children and adults alike will be drawn in to the story and find much joy and excitement.

This breathtaking collaboration between choreographer Jacob Lehrer, creative consultant Noriko Nishimoto, director Michael Barlow, and designer Leon Hendroff is brought to life on the stage through dance, digital projection and beautiful puppetry.

Award winning dancer, Rachel Arianne Ogle, one of Australia’s leading contemporary dancers, is Fox in all her ochre brilliance. Ogle’s athleticism as a dancer and spellbinding puppetry skill will captivate audiences, while Gala Shevtsov and Scott Galbraith will win hearts as devoted friends, Magpie and Dog.

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COSMIC COLLISION AT FREMANTLE CIRCUS

 

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It is promoted as a cosmic collision between circus and science, so CRITICAL at Fremantle’s Big Top in Princess May Park might well be a fascinating experience.

It is all part of this year’s FRINGE WORLD so check out http://www.fringeworld.com.au for more information.

It is on at Circus WA from January 31 to February 3 and standard tickets are just $ 25.

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TASTE OF THE FRINGE FESTIVAL AT FREO’S LIV APARTMENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, festival, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on January 28, 2019

 

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Check out what’s on at this year’s FRINGE FESTIVAL this Tuesday January 28 at the LIV apartments in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street.

A selection of fringe acts will perform under the stunning artwork by Rick Vermey from 6.30-8pm.

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SPOOKY GHOSTS AT FREMANTLE PRISON

 

 

Genrefonix is back in Fremante with another amazing show in February, after four sold-out Frankestone shows in the Roundhouse late last year.

Ghosts is back at Fremantle Prison on February 9 after sellout Fringe shows in 2018.

Join the outstanding actors and musicians in the atmospheric Fremantle Prison Theatre for a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes. All performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle’s architecture and its ghosts.

See some of WA’s most haunted buildings brought to life through emotive tunes, eerie sound effects and imaginative ghost portraits.

The original theatre screen used for prisoners will fire up once again, bringing history and imagination to life. Each ghost has a story, each building a unique ambiance. Share in the power and passion of the supernatural landscape of Fremantle. Spooky fun! Rockin’ tunes!

There are three shows on February 9, at 7pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm so don’t miss out!

Tickets can be booked on the Fringeworld website.

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