Pup­pet show to tour re­gion

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Lifestyle - Ali­cia Per­era

The story of a dog who be­comes beloved by a com­mu­nity is a favourite of Pil­bara au­di­ences, and it is also the theme of a chil­dren’s pup­pet show vis­it­ing the re­gion later this year.

Fre­man­tle-based pup­petry com­pany Spare Parts Pup­pet The­atre has re­cently an­nounced their first tour of the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley in four years, thanks to a new part­ner­ship with Hori­zon Power.

Their show Hachiko uses in­no­va­tive origami-style pup­pets and set de­sign to tell the true story of a dog in Ja­pan who for 10 years kept re­turn­ing to the lo­cal train sta­tion where he used to meet his owner, be­com­ing a valu­able com­mu­nity fig­ure in the process.

Hachiko artis­tic di­rec­tor Philip Mitchell said the show held some pow­er­ful lessons for chil­dren as well as en­ter­tain­ment.

“It’s not dis­sim­i­lar to the Red Dog story,” he said.

“It is one of these sto­ries of how im­por­tant an­i­mals are to us, but also for adults and kids to have con­ver­sa­tions about loss. It’s re­ally im­por­tant kids have the emo­tional ma­tu­rity to talk about that.

“We’re not nec­es­sar­ily want­ing to teach kids lessons, but we’re want­ing them to un­der­stand about what it’s like to lose some­body or to lose a dog. So it does deal with sad themes of loss, but it also deals with re­silience, and the abil­ity to be loyal and never give up.”

The per­for­mance will be fol­lowed by a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion with chil­dren and a hands-on pup­pet-mak­ing work­shop.

Mitchell said the com­pany was look­ing for­ward to bring­ing the show to a North West au­di­ence af­ter such a long break. “The big­gest prob­lem (is) we’re of­ten re­stricted by the enor­mous cost it takes to get per­form­ers and pup­pets up here,” he said.

“This is at last going to com­plete a Statewide tour­ing strat­egy for us, so ev­ery West Aus­tralian will get to see a Spare Parts show.”

A Hori­zon Power spokesman said the com­pany was proud to be sup­port­ing the North West tour.

“Spare Parts has given thou­sands of re­gional Western Aus­tralian chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the arts and watch a pro­fes­sional live per­for­mance arts ex­pe­ri­ence — many for the first time,” he said.

Spare Parts will bring Hachiko to in­ter­ested Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley schools around Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber this year.

Pic­ture: Jar­rad Seng

Spare Parts Pup­pet The­atre show Hachiko ex­plores the bond be­tween hu­man and dog.

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