Recognition for theatre
SPARE Parts Puppet Theatre has cemented itself as one of the best theatres in WA with six nominations in the 2015 Performing Arts Awards.
All six nominations were for production Farm, the story of a young girl who takes up the running of a farm. The nominations included two for Best Design, two for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, one for director Philip Mitchell and the last for Best Production.
Mitchell said it was incredibly flattering that a puppetry and family theatre company located outside Perth’s CBD had been acknowledged.
“There are so few stories about regional Australia that tell the real story of what is like to live and work on the land – this production has been critically acclaimed not only by these nominations but by the people of Merredin and Kalgoorlie that got to experience their lives being reflected back to them,” he said.
“Most importantly our city audiences got a real glimpse of what life is like for our rural neighbours and felt genuinely moved by our story.
“The whole team at Spare Parts feel flattered that we are being called Australia's leading puppetry company and that people see us as custodians of the art form in Australia.”
The 2015 Performing Arts Awards will be held on February 23.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Chloe Flockart, Matthew McVeigh, Graham Walne (of Mosman Park) and director Philip Mitchell.