Based on a true story from Japan, Hachikō is a theatrical celebration of the remarkable joy and companionship that an animal can bring to our lives.
The story explores themes such as loyalty, resilience and change, and teaches students that change is normal and can be a valuable part of life.
The puppetry is inspiring and inventive – it will become a springboard for classroom discussion and activity. Worlds of cardboard, paper and play transport us into cardboard cities, paper people and tell the stories of the inspiration one dog gave to many people all over the world.
In 2016, Hachiko is touring to regional and remote towns around Western Australia, thanks to the support of Heathway’s Go for 2&5 message.
Goldfields / Wheatbelt
Term Two: 23 May – 18 June
Peel / South West / Great Southern
Term Three: 1 – 27 August
Term Three: 1 – 21 September
Upon booking your school will receive extensive and detailed Teachers’ Notes including classroom activities and learning tools that have been developed by teachers, with links to the curriculum. Subject areas include The Arts, Mathematics, English, Science and HASS.
Download your teachers notes here.
If you’re interested in booking your school into the tour, please download a booking form or contact Georgina on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9335 5044.
Pre primary and above
- Philip Mitchell
- Ian Sinclair
- Matt McVeigh
- Lee Buddle
- Lighting Designer
- Karen Cook
- Bec Bradley
2012 Awesome Arts Festival
2012 Regional Schools Tour
2013 Regional Arts Victoria Tour
2013 Regional Schools Tour
2014 Fremantle Season
2016 CircuitWest Tour
2016 Regional Schools Tour
2012 - 2014 Performers
St John Cowcher
Reviews & Media
"Thoughtfully devised and beautifully presented work from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, an offering for all members of the family to enjoy and discuss"
"The main puppet of the show was the loveable dog, Hachiko. He was made of cardboard, but he came to life on stage with wagging tail and all. In only an instant we forgot he was not real, and we fell in love with him."
"Hachikō is a thoughtfully devised and beautifully presented work"
"To find yourself shedding a quiet tear over a plain brown cardboard dog quivering with grief is a curious thing."