The Bugalugs Bum Thief

First Performance 1998

Adapted from the book by Tim Winton

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides!

496 bottoms is a lot of bottoms to vanish without a trace and now it’s up to Skeeta to catch the thief and return the bums to their rightful owners.

Extraordinary puppetry brings to life this classically silly story, based on the popular children’s book by Tim Winton.

Dust off your detective cap and follow Skeeta as he ‘gets to the bottom’ of this hilarious mystery.

The Bugalugs Bum Thief is a wonderfully silly story from one of Western Australia’s most loved writers – Tim Winton. In 1997 the book won the Young Australian Best Book Award (YABBA), testament to Winton’s delightful storytelling.

Credits
Director
Noriko Nishimoto
Designer
Jane Davies
Composer
Lee Buddle
Production Manager
Karen Cook
Devisor
Noriko Nishimoto and Jane Davies
Set Construction
Jiri Zmitko
History

1998 Premiere Season

1999 International Tour: Japan

1999 Regional Tour: Western Australia

2000 National Tour

2004 Return Season, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

2009 Return Season, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

2013 Return Season, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

2009 Performers

Katya Shevtsov

Michael Barlow

Paul Johnon

2013 Perfomers

Michael Barlow

St John Cowcher

Jessica Lewis

Reviews & Media

"The puppetry is both clever and beautiful and its periodic ethereal moments are a stark contrast to this fabulously silly play"

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