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.