Company Timeline

The Velveteen Rabbit

January 2017

The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting tale of the relationship between a child and his toy rabbit. To others he’s… READ ON 

Nobody Owns the Moon

September 2016

Meet the inhabitants of an enchanted city, a place where rich and poor live side by side, as everyone comes… READ ON 

Splat!

April 2016

Splat! is a high energy fusion of circus, puppetry, dance, digital animation and paper-play that will leave you breathless from… READ ON 

Hachiko

2016

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachikō is a theatrical celebration of the remarkable joy and companionship that an… READ ON 

2016 Award for Outstanding Cultural Enterprise

June 2016

On Friday night we were awarded, for the second year running, the Award for Outstanding Cultural Enterprise at the Fremantle… READ ON 

I See Red

May 2016

A collage of edgy adult puppetry works inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, devised and performed as part of the… READ ON 

Vale Noriko Nishimoto

May 2016

It is with a great sadness, love and respect that we let you know that our State Living Treasure, Life… READ ON 

Miss Lily's Fabulous Feather Boa

January 2016

Miss Lily’s tropical holiday house offers relaxing days and cheerful company to everyone who visits, and no one needs it… READ ON 

Noriko Nishimoto becomes a Living Treasure

October 2015

Founding artist and former Artistic Director of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Noriko Nishimoto has been named a ‘living treasure’ in… READ ON 

Fox

September 2015

Told through a fusion of puppetry and dance, Fox highlights the constant battle between remaining faithful and falling for temptation,… READ ON 

Blueback

July 2015

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

Moominpappa at Sea

April 2015

Moominpappa at Sea will take you on a compelling journey of self-discovery though the eyes of a small family of… READ ON 

The Night Zoo

January 2015

The Night Zoo is the perfect holiday entertainment full of music, dancing and laughter. It features a stunning puppet cast… READ ON 

Farm

September 2014

Inspired by real life stories, Farm is a uniquely rural Australian story about a young girl’s journey from inquisitive, determined… READ ON 

The Little Prince

July 2014

Take flight with your imagination with this beautiful production of The Little Prince adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. READ ON 

Hachiko

April 2014

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachikō is a theatrical celebration of the remarkable joy and companionship that an… READ ON 

The Deep

January 2014

Alice lives in a house by the sea. Every day her family jump, dive and bellyflop off the jetty but… READ ON 

Tales from Outer Suburbia

October 2013

Tales from Outer Suburbia is a curiously fun celebration of the magic that happens in the most familiar places. Be… READ ON 

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

July 2013

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides! 496 bottoms is… READ ON 

Fremantle Festival: The Warrior and the Princess

October 2013

A chance meeting between a child and a diplomat leads to a lifeline that saves thousands. The Warrior and the… READ ON 

Fremantle Festival: The Hardest Way to Make an Omelette

October 2013

Cracked Egg Productions, in partnership with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, presented The Hardest Way to Make an Omelette, the latest work… READ ON 

Hachiko

2013

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachikō is a theatrical celebration of the remarkable joy and companionship that an… READ ON 

Hare Brain

2013

Hare Brain tackles the age old dilemma – does fast and furious or slow and steady win the race? Updated… READ ON 

Mechronos

February 2013

Through battles, bleak winters and some pretty amazing rock concerts Mechronos has traversed the planet keeping time moving forward, ticking… READ ON 

Blueback

2012

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

Hachiko

2012

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachikō is a theatrical celebration of the remarkable joy and companionship that an… READ ON 

Miss Lily's Fabulous Feather Boa

July 2012

Miss Lily’s tropical holiday house offers relaxing days and cheerful company to everyone who visits, and no one needs it… READ ON 

Point of View (P.O.V)

October 2012

The show was part of the FirstHand emergent puppetry artist program and each piece was been devised, written and performed… READ ON 

Cat Balloon

September 2012

There was one small cat, called Cat Balloon Who wanted to fly to the moon. ‘Oh no!’ the… READ ON 

The Deep

April 2012

Alice lives in a house by the sea. Every day her family jump, dive and bellyflop off the jetty but… READ ON 

Hare Brain

2012

Hare Brain tackles the age old dilemma – does fast and furious or slow and steady win the race? Updated… READ ON 

The Velveteen Rabbit

January 2012

“Where the young stay young and the old grow young forever” The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting tale of the… READ ON 

The Arrival

January 2011

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land. Will he find a place to… READ ON 

Blueback

2011

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

Hare Brain

2011

Hare Brain tackles the age old dilemma – does fast and furious or slow and steady win the race? Updated… READ ON 

The Night Zoo

2011

The Night Zoo is the perfect holiday entertainment full of music, dancing and laughter. It features a stunning puppet cast… READ ON 

The Birthday

October 2010

From the moment the smallest caterpillar hatches it waits for its own birthday to arrive, even though it doesn’t know… READ ON 

The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek

June 2010

The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek tells the story of a bunyip who yearns to discover the truth about his identity… READ ON 

Blueback

2010

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

Spellbound

March 2010

Zeno, the magician invites you into his world of illusion and intrigue. Spells are cast and his puppets, the beautiful… READ ON 

The Night Zoo

2010

The Night Zoo is the perfect holiday entertainment full of music, dancing and laughter. It features a stunning puppet cast… READ ON 

The Velveteen Rabbit

November 2009

“Where the young stay young and the old grow young forever” The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting tale of the… READ ON 

The Man from Snowy River

July 2009

…clean up in aisle 8, clean up in aisle 8, please… Shane spends his days working in Patterson’s Supermarket, mopping… READ ON 

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

April 2009

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides! 496 bottoms is… READ ON 

Blueback

2009

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

The Arrival

November 2008

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land. Will he find a place to… READ ON 

vapoRISE

2008

This stunning performance installation work, designed by Sanjiva Margio is a visual feast in performance. The vibrant yet skeletal structures… READ ON 

Blueback

2008

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

Hare Brain

September 2008

Hare Brain tackles the age old dilemma – does fast and furious or slow and steady win the race? Updated… READ ON 

Muttaburrasaurus

2008

Join Professor Julius as he goes back to the time of the Muttaburrasaurus, a walking talking you beaut dinky die… READ ON 

Cat Balloon

July 2008

There was one small cat, called Cat Balloon Who wanted to fly to the moon. ‘Oh no!’ the… READ ON 

The Deep

September 2007

Alice lives in a house by the sea. Every day her family jump, dive and bellyflop off the jetty but… READ ON 

The Little Prince

2007

Take flight with your imagination with this beautiful production of The Little Prince adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. READ ON 

The Arrival

2006

Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land. Will he find a place to… READ ON 

The Velveteen Rabbit

October 2006

“Where the young stay young and the old grow young forever” The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting tale of the… READ ON 

Muttaburrasaurus

April 2006

Join Professor Julius as he goes back to the time of the Muttaburrasaurus, a walking talking you beaut dinky die… READ ON 

The Butcher's Bride

2005

With not a word shared (but with all the musical clichés) The Butcher’s Bride is the joining of our papered… READ ON 

Blueback

2005

This moving Western Australian story captures the mystery of the sea and majesty of the old fish Abel calls “Blueback”. READ ON 

Granny is an Alien!

2005

Alex is spending a day at Granny’s house and it’s like landing in outer space. Granny is plotting a big… READ ON 

Aquasapiens

2005

Mission Inconspicuous Just when you thought space was the final frontier, comes an expedition of converse proportions. Mission Inconspicuous is… READ ON 

The Velveteen Rabbit

2005

“Where the young stay young and the old grow young forever” The Velveteen Rabbit is an enchanting tale of the… READ ON 

H2O

2004

It was the final race of the school’s annual swimming carnival and everyone was having fun except Peta. Unable to… READ ON 

Hare Brain

Hare Brain tackles the age old dilemma – does fast and furious or slow and steady win the race? Updated… READ ON 

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

2004

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides! 496 bottoms is… READ ON 

Granny is an Alien!

2004

Alex is spending a day at Granny’s house and it’s like landing in outer space. Granny is plotting a big… READ ON 

The Deep

2003

Alice lives in a house by the sea. Every day her family jump, dive and bellyflop off the jetty but… READ ON 

The Midnight Gang

2003

The Midnight Gang is a co-production between Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Wild’s story is… READ ON 

Spellbound

2003

Zeno, the magician invites you into his world of illusion and intrigue. Spells are cast and his puppets, the beautiful… READ ON 

Granny is an Alien!

2003

Alex is spending a day at Granny’s house and it’s like landing in outer space. Granny is plotting a big… READ ON 

The Deep

2002

Alice lives in a house by the sea. Every day her family jump, dive and bellyflop off the jetty but… READ ON 

Out of the Blue

2002

Best mates, Tweak and Lester, live a perfect life on ‘Blue’ – a world of magic, secret places and surprising… READ ON 

The Midnight Gang

2001

The Midnight Gang is a co-production between Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Wild’s story is… READ ON 

The Deep

2001

Alice lives in a house by the sea. Every day her family jump, dive and bellyflop off the jetty but… READ ON 

The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek

2000

The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek tells the story of a bunyip who yearns to discover the truth about his identity… READ ON 

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

2000

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides! 496 bottoms is… READ ON 

Cat Balloon

2000

There was one small cat, called Cat Balloon Who wanted to fly to the moon. ‘Oh no!’ the… READ ON 

Eat the Moon

2000

Eat the Moon is a modern day fairytale from one of Australia’s leading theatre writers, Heather Nimmo. In a suburb… READ ON 

The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek

1999

The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek tells the story of a bunyip who yearns to discover the truth about his identity… READ ON 

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

1999

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides! 496 bottoms is… READ ON 

Bunyip

1998

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Oukiller and Chisaler

1998

Oukiller and Chisaler set out on a quest for excitement and a chance to prove their physical and intellectual superiority… READ ON 

The Bugalugs Bum Thief

1998

But it wasn’t just Skeeta’s bum that had disappeared – the whole town were missing their backsides! 496 bottoms is… READ ON 

Paper Ladders

1997

A surreal excursion into the world of newspaper. In collaboration with New Zealand Puppet Theatre. An unsuspecting audience member… READ ON 

Cat Balloon

1997

There was one small cat, called Cat Balloon Who wanted to fly to the moon. ‘Oh no!’ the… READ ON 

Jellybean

1996

Large scale versions and adaptations of Tessa Duder’s book by the same name. A musical fantasy for children,… READ ON 

Emperor's Nightingale

1996

A Hans Christian Anderson story about an Emperor who was imprisoned in his own palace. Because he thought he… READ ON 

Paper Ladders

1996

A surreal excursion into the world of newspaper. In collaboration with New Zealand Puppet Theatre. An unsuspecting audience member… READ ON 

Jellybean

1995

Large scale versions and adaptations of Tessa Duder’s book by the same name. A musical fantasy for children,… READ ON 

Pied Piper

1995

A production based on the Robert Browning poem of the same name. READ ON 

Emperor's Nightingale

1995

A Hans Christian Anderson story about an Emperor who was imprisoned in his own palace. Because he thought he… READ ON 

Africa- Tales from a Drum

1994

Based on a series of African folk stories. READ ON 

Songs of the Sea

1994

An environmental fantasy about saving the sea. READ ON 

Paper Ladders

1994

A surreal excursion into the world of newspaper. In collaboration with New Zealand Puppet Theatre. An unsuspecting audience member… READ ON 

Parcel from a Postie

1994

A modern fairytale Parcel from a Postie takes its audience on a magical adventure into the Australian bush. The… READ ON 

Jellybean

1994

Large scale versions and adaptations of Tessa Duder’s book by the same name. A musical fantasy for children,… READ ON 

Sing a Rainbow

1993

Based on seven stories drawn from the Asian/Pacific areas. Noriko Nishimoto draws together a colourful collection of childrens folk… READ ON 

Songs of the Sea

1993

An environmental fantasy about saving the sea. READ ON 

Emperor's Nightingale

1993

A Hans Christian Anderson story about an Emperor who was imprisoned in his own palace. Because he thought he… READ ON 

Africa- Tales from a Drum

1993

Based on a series of African folk stories. READ ON 

Sing a Rainbow

1992

Based on seven stories drawn from the Asian/Pacific areas. Noriko Nishimoto draws together a colourful collection of childrens folk… READ ON 

Crash, Bang, Wollop

1992

Based on the 3 Little Pigs story. Meet the cutest little pigs on stage- busy pig Crash, hungry pig… READ ON 

Play a Tune for Me

1992

A play about who manipulates who in the puppet world. This funny and magical fantasy is set in a… READ ON 

Paper Ladders

1992

A surreal excursion into the world of newspaper. In collaboration with New Zealand Puppet Theatre. An unsuspecting audience member… READ ON 

Carmen

1991

Based on the original story of “Carmen”- Prosper Merimee. Carmen is dead, murdered in a moment of passion. For… READ ON 

Once a Jolly Swagman

1991

A delightful family musical based on “Waltzing Matilda”. Set to original music by Tasmanian composer Don Kay, this wonderful… READ ON 

Paper Plays

1991

Tells the tale of two paper puppets in search of food and shelter. READ ON 

The Magic Shadow Show

1991

A shadow play based on the themes of land management and the environment. READ ON 

Sing a Rainbow

1991

Based on seven stories drawn from the Asian/Pacific areas. Noriko Nishimoto draws together a colourful collection of childrens folk… READ ON 

Kaguyahime

1990

Kaguyahime tells the story of one of Japan’s oldest tales. On a night of the full moon an old bamboo cutter… READ ON 

Mother Goose

1990

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Oukiller and Chisaler

1990

Oukiller and Chisaler set out on a quest for excitement and a chance to prove their physical and intellectual superiority… READ ON 

Out of My Mind

1990

Set in three suburban Australian environments. A child is the only kid left on the block during the school… READ ON 

Emperor's Nightingale

1990

A Hans Christian Anderson story about an Emperor who was imprisoned in his own palace. Because he thought he… READ ON 

Alice

1990

A contemporary look at Australian life through the eyes of Alice, a 16 year old girl. Alice is a… READ ON 

Eros

1990

An animated fantasy. Eros is an experimental theatre piece drawn from erotic fantasy. READ ON 

Kaguyahime

1989

Kaguyahime tells the story of one of Japan’s oldest tales. On a night of the full moon an old bamboo cutter… READ ON 

Ocker the Quocka

1989

If there is one important idea behind Ocker the Quocka, it is the significance of islands in the survival of certain… READ ON 

Oukiller and Chisaler

1989

Oukiller and Chisaler set out on a quest for excitement and a chance to prove their physical and intellectual superiority… READ ON 

Pied Piper

1989

A production based on the Robert Browning poem of the same name. READ ON 

Adventures of the Monkey King

1989

Based on the Monkey King legend set on the Goldfields of NSW. Assisted by Shanghai Puppet Theatre… READ ON 

3 Suites

1989

Based on the true story of Johnnie Gavin, a 14 year old boy hung in WA in 1842. This… READ ON 

Emperor's Nightingale

1989

A Hans Christian Anderson story about an Emperor who was imprisoned in his own palace. Because he thought he… READ ON 

An Overcoat

1988

The influence on a child’s life that ultimately led them to a life as an artist. An Overcoat is about the… READ ON 

The Little Girl Whose Father was a Rabbit

1988

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Pied Piper

1988

A production based on the Robert Browning poem of the same name. READ ON 

Kaguyahime

1988

Kaguyahime tells the story of one of Japan’s oldest tales. On a night of the full moon an old bamboo cutter… READ ON 

Smiles Away

1987

A political satire based on Prince Lennard of Hutt. READ ON 

Play a Tune for Me

1987

A play about who manipulates who in the puppet world. This funny and magical fantasy is set in a… READ ON 

3 Suites

1987

Based on the true story of Johnnie Gavin, a 14 year old boy hung in WA in 1842. This… READ ON 

Pied Piper

1987

A production based on the Robert Browning poem of the same name. READ ON 

Oukiller and Chisaler

1987

Oukiller and Chisaler set out on a quest for excitement and a chance to prove their physical and intellectual superiority… READ ON 

Masked

1987

Based on the exile of two Dutchmen on the Western Australian Coast in 1624. READ ON 

An Overcoat

1987

The influence on a child’s life that ultimately led them to a life as an artist. An Overcoat is about the… READ ON 

Spare Parts moved into Short Street

1987

Pied Piper

1986

A production based on the Robert Browning poem of the same name. READ ON 

Paper Plays

1986

Tells the tale of two paper puppets in search of food and shelter. READ ON 

Rummin A Muck

1986

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Eros

1986

An animated fantasy. Eros is an experimental theatre piece drawn from erotic fantasy. READ ON 

Rummins of Booth Street

1985

Short suburban dramas lived through the ‘Rummins of Booth Street’. A glimpse at the life of Ron and Raylene Rummin,… READ ON 

Play a Tune for Me

1985

A play about who manipulates who in the puppet world. This funny and magical fantasy is set in a… READ ON 

Kalevala

1985

Based on the great Finnish folk saga of the same name. The simple storyline follows three characters- Vaino, Ahti… READ ON 

Paper Plays

1985

Tells the tale of two paper puppets in search of food and shelter. READ ON 

Smiles Away

1985

A political satire based on Prince Lennard of Hutt. READ ON 

Wanted- Dead or Alive

1985

The story of a flight for survival. The action of our play spans 180 years and takes place in a… READ ON 

North Wind and the Sun

1985

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Paper Plays

1984

Tells the tale of two paper puppets in search of food and shelter. READ ON 

Kullenner

1984

Tells the tale of a Tasmanian Tiger. READ ON 

Smiles Away

1984

A political satire based on Prince Lennard of Hutt. READ ON 

The Magic Shadow Show

1984

A shadow play based on the themes of land management and the environment. READ ON 

Duets

1984

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Happy Prince

1984

The play, suitable for all ages, tells the tale of a prince who used to be happy. When he… READ ON 

Fings & Faces

1984

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Kullenner

1983

Tells the tale of a Tasmanian Tiger. READ ON 

Dr Faust

1983

The company’s first production was a commission by the prestigious Perth International Arts Festival. Guest artist Noriko Nishimoto, master… READ ON 

Paper Plays

1983

Tells the tale of two paper puppets in search of food and shelter. READ ON 

Il Mondo Marionette

1983

Based on multicultural stories for children on traditional puppetry. READ ON 

The Magic Shadow Show

1983

A shadow play based on the themes of land management and the environment. READ ON 

Happy Prince

1983

The play, suitable for all ages, tells the tale of a prince who used to be happy. When he… READ ON 

Masked

1982

Based on the exile of two Dutchmen on the Western Australian Coast in 1624. READ ON 

Il Mondo Marionette

1982

Based on multicultural stories for children on traditional puppetry. READ ON 

Magic Cube

1982

A satirical cabaret based in the studios of an Australian television station. READ ON 

Kullenner

1982

Tells the tale of a Tasmanian Tiger. READ ON 

A Shape and a Promise

1981

A new Australian work about a shape looking for an identity. READ ON 

Fings & Faces

1981

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Masked

1981

Based on the exile of two Dutchmen on the Western Australian Coast in 1624. READ ON 

Dr Faust

1981

The company’s first production was a commission by the prestigious Perth International Arts Festival. Guest artist Noriko Nishimoto, master… READ ON 

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