Season cancelled after theatre abruptly condemned

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Fremantle theatre has been condemned without warning, disrupting the company’s season, revenue and other activities.

The shock condemnation of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Fremantle auditorium by WA’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – apparently without notice – has forced the company to cancel all upcoming productions in its 2022 season.

Two productions – The Secret Garden (based on the popular book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and for which rehearsals were about to start) and the subsequent summer season of Hare Brain – have been impacted.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts