What We Do

In 2021 Spare Parts Puppet Theatre celebrates its 40th consecutive performance season. In that time, we have created over 80 new Australian works and performed to over 2.2 million people.

At the heart of our artistic vision is a passion to bring audiences and artists together in a shared experience that speaks to who we are and what we aspire to be. Emotional literacy is essential to this union – it is the compass for the content of our work. Puppetry is our vehicle, our tool of expression and we play with the tension between traditional and contemporary forms to forge new forms of expression. We enter new territories, new subjects, new forms and new relationships with our audience and other art forms.

We create puppetry works of a world-class standard, cultivate a strong and loyal audience base in our local community and tour extensively and consistently around Australia, and internationally through Asia, Europe and North America. Most recently our international presence has been expanded into South-East Asia and with several invitations to travel to China, Berlin and USA with our large scale, interactive festival work String Symphony. 

To create the very best puppetry we need the very best artists. The training of our artists, new artists to puppetry and enriching the broader theatre sector in Western Australia is a high priority. We provide opportunities in the form of training intensives, masterclasses, mid-career mentoring opportunities for directors, designers and writers, employment opportunities and subsidised access to company resources including rehearsal space and artistic and business mentoring. Our puppetry training alumni are impressive, wide spread and demonstrate the possibility for puppetry training to influence and shape both careers and performance skills beyond the walls of a puppet theatre.

It is our vision to be internationally recognised as a company offering creative product of world-class standard, fostering the development of the art form amongst a wide circle of artists, creating links with peer artists and organisations nationally and internationally, and creating more and better access to our work for audiences.