Creating new puppetry works is at the heart of what we do at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Our new works involve years of development time, large teams of artists and investment in the creation of handcrafted sets, props and puppets.

Our work explores themes that address the complexity of contemporary life and invite our audience to pause, wonder, reflect, and discuss. We aim to stimulate conversation between generations and to leave our audience with a renewed or reimagined sense of their place in the world.

In 2018 we will create and co-present a new major work, Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock, in partnership with the West Australian Museum.

The work is a choose-your-own-adventure performance that will infiltrate the Museum space in a way that will ask the audience to consider what is real and what is part of the performance.

Audience members will experience 19 performance installations as part of their journey through the work.

Audiences will try soup served on the Western Front, learn how to knit the special socks that were sent to soldiers on the frontline, they will be asked to make a boat and consider where ‘home’ is to them. This is a work that will engage all the senses: audiences members will taste, touch and smell their way through this immersive work.

Our puppet makers will be busy from October 2017 preparing the 19 installations that audiences will experience.

This is a large and ambitious task that involves making and sourcing many props including:

  • 1,500 tea bags
  • 1,000 balls of wool
  • 200 bags of carrots
  • 150 wool socks
  • 50 antique tea sets
  • 30 sets of 3D glasses
  • 20 easels
  • 15 silent disco headphone sets
  • 1 Mr Whippy Van
  • 1 Postmaster puppet

We hope that this premiere season can spark interest in touring nationally and internationally to provide return on investment and to support our 2025 Vision to be a Global Centre for Excellence in puppetry.

We need to raise $25,000 before the end of 2017 in order to realise this ambitious new work.

We are looking for contributions of $1,000$2,000 or $5,000.
Donations can be made as a one-off or in weekly instalments of $19, $38 or $96, respectively.

Acknowledgments include:

  • Access to design drawings, scripts and other creative materials ahead of the production
  • Invitations to rehearsals and/or creative development showings for you and a family member or friend
  • A signed copy of the event poster or artwork (signed by the performers)
  • Acknowledgement on the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre website
  • Opportunities to meet the work’s Director and hear about the project progress first hand!

All donations are fully tax deductible.


For more information please contact Executive Producer, Megan Roberts, on or to donate now click here.

Want to support Spare Parts Puppet Theatre at a lower level? Visit our Adopt a Puppet page to see how you can support the company for as little as $120 per year!