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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre – Australia’s champions of puppet theatre.  

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (SPPT) is a driving force in the contemporary puppet theatre landscape in Australia. It’s name reflects it’s ethos – to be inspired by many artists, artistic forms and ideas and fuse them with puppetry to create theatrically exciting performances for adults and children alike.

Spare Parts’ program offers families meaningful and exquisitely Australian theatre experiences that stimulate the imagination and warm the heart.

SPPT present four seasons a year at their home theatre in Fremantle, nurture the art form through their School of Puppetry and Emergent training program – FirstHand, perform in Festivals, corporate and community events and tour extensively through regional Western Australia and the world.

SPPT was founded in 1981 by Artistic Director Peter L Wilson, writer Cathryn Robinson and designer Beverley Campbell-Jackson, as part of an artist-in-residency program initiated by the WA Institute of Technology (now Curtin University of Technology).

From 1997 – 2001, SPPT was under the artistic direction of Noriko Nishimoto. The company is now lead by an outstanding team in our award winning Artistic Director Philip Mitchell and Associate Director Michael Barlow.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre share the magic of puppetry with over 50, 000 people annually.

In April 2008 Spare Parts hosted the 20th UNIMA World Puppetry Festival and Congress – the Olympics of puppetry! After 30 years of operation, the Company has developed a national and international reputation having performed in China, USA, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Czech Republic and most recently in France.

Spare Parts believe today’s younger audiences deserve meaningful and exciting theatre experiences that respect their intelligence and emotional growth. While the focus is on young people, Spare Parts create work with the awareness that puppetry is not the exclusive zone of children but speaks directly to the child in us all.


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