Puppet theatre knows no bounds

The efforts of WA's Spare Parts Puppet Theatre over four decades proves the powerful contribution small to medium companies make within our sector.
a giant puppet made of wire being manipulated by puppeteers in a park at night

Forty years ago, if you had told Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Artistic Director Philip Mitchell that the company he has led for over 20 years would grow to performing to 250,000 people a year, including three-month national tours (pre-COVID) and myriad school visits across regional Australia, he may have found that hard to believe.

‘As a small to medium sized company it is incredible to think of the vibrancy we create,’ Mitchell told ArtsHub ahead of the company’s milestone 40th anniversary celebrations.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).