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WHAT: The Ar­rival. WHERE: Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre. WHEN: Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2 (10am and 12.30pm) and Fri­day, Novem­ber 3 (10am and 6.30pm).

BUILT on the an­i­ma­tion of im­ages from Shaun Tan’s new book The Ar­rival, Spare Parts Pup­pet The­atre weaves ex­cep­tional act­ing and ex­quis­ite pup­petry from Aus­tralian’s lead­ing pup­pet com­pany.

Tan’s fan­tas­ti­cal world comes to life in a strange and won­der­ful me­trop­o­lis full of float­ing ships, mys­te­ri­ous lights alien sym­bols and weird an­i­mals.

It is in this new place that hero Aki makes his home.

The Ar­rival is a uni­ver­sal tale of the chal­lenges, hu­mour and ad­ven­tures of ar­riv­ing in a new coun­try and res­onates far be­yond any ar­rival – a new school, a new job, a new town.

The ab­sence of words not only makes the story per­fect for pup­petry but em­pha­sises the iso­la­tion ex­pe­ri­enced by many peo­ple ar­riv­ing in a new place.

Tan’s work has an abil­ity to tran­scend so­cial cul­tural and age bar­ri­ers.

The Ar­rival is a the­atre work that will ap­peal to all and be re­mem­bered for­ever.

It is Spare Parts Pup­pet The­atre’s most vis­ually stun­ning and mov­ing pro­duc­tion to date and has been re­ceived with crit­i­cal ac­claim.

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