Book Online Blueback || June-July 2015

Adapted by Peta Murray from the book by Tim Winton

Blueback is a visually stunning exploration of the watery world in a place not dissimilar to many of our beautiful WA coastal towns.

Through the eyes of Abel, a young boy that forms a friendship with a majestic blue groper, we are touched by timeless themes of family, growing up, belonging, and the specialness of the place we live.

Blueback will nourish your heart and the beautiful Tim Winton poetry will resonate with you long after you leave the theatre.

This award winning production is an underwater menagerie of exquisite puppetry and an extraordinary celebration of the Western Australian coastline from one of WA’s most beloved authors.

About the Author: Tim Winton

One of Australia’s most celebrated authors Tim Winton was raised in Albany, a beachside town 400km South of Perth. He draws much of his inspiration from the natural coastal environments of Western Australia which make the setting for most of his books. He is a strong advocate for environmental conservation and has contributed to campaigns to protect Ningaloo Reef, Moreton Bay and other campaigns. You can order a copy of Tim Winton’s Blueback from our merchandise shop or online, click here.

In Conversation with Peta Murray: July 8

Multi award-winning Melbourne playwright, Peta Murray will visit Spare Parts Puppet Theatre during the forthcoming July season of Tim Winton’s Blueback to take part in the company’s “In Conversation” series after the 6.30pm show on Wednesday, July 8. For more information Click Here.


Running Time
50 mins
Age Range
Perfect for ages 5+
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street, FREMANTLE

Holiday Season: July 4-18

Fremantle || General Public

Performances Monday – Saturday at 10am & 1pm plus 6:30pm July 8 & 17 (Excludes Sundays)

In Conversation:
Artist talk to follow evening performance on July 8.

General Public Prices

Individual: $24ea
Group of 4 or more: $22ea
Group of 10 or more: $20ea
$3.95 fee applies to all bookings

Go For 2&5 Regional Schools Tour

Term 2: May 18-June 25; and
Term 3: July 20-August 15

Regions: Goldfields, Wheatbelt, Southwest, Great Southern, Peel, Midwest, Gascoyne.

For more info click here or to register your schools interest contact us at or 08 9335 5044.

Term 2: June 29 – July 3

Fremantle || Schools Only Season

Visit our schools page or call us on 08 9335 5044 for more details.

Special Secondary School performance: Friday 3 July, 10am. Suitable for specialist arts classes year 7-12 (drama, dance, media arts, music, visual arts).

School Excursion Prices
Student tickets $7 each
40+ students $5.50 each
1 teacher attends free of charge for every 8 students.


2015 Go for 2&5 Regional Schools Tour
2015 Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Return Season
2012 Mandurah Season
2011 Spare Parts Puppet Theatre Return Season
2010 Regional Schools Tour Goldfields/Wheat-belt
2009 Regional Schools Tour South-West
2008 The West Australian Museum season
2005 Fremantle Season

Teaching Notes
Final_Blueback notes_PRIMARY.pdf


Philip Mitchell
Adapted by Peta Murray
Hanna Parssinen
Don Hopkins
Puppet Construction
Greg Methe
Production Manager
Elliot Chambers

Bec Bradley
St John Cowcher

Restage Cast

Michael Barlow, Kirsty Grierson, Bec Bradley, Karen Hethey, Sarah Nelson, Philip Mitchell

Original Director
Annette Downs & Robert Jarman
from the Terrapin Puppet Theatre production.

The Go for 2&5 Regional Schools Touring Program is supported by Healthway, promoting the Go for 2&5 message and the State of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts via Country Arts WA.


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