BE­HIND THE PUP­PET SCENES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life -

THE Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre (SPPT) pup­pets don't just get thrown into a cup­board and for­got­ten once a pro­duc­tion is fin­ished.; they are, af­ter all, the stars of the show.

With many shows hav­ing re­turn sea­sons or sent on tour, all pup­pets are kept and trea­sured by the Spare Parts team.

SPPT as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Michael Bar­low said the pup­pets were a unique part of their cul­tural his­tory.

“Many pup­pets are on dis­play in our foyer, where they can be en­joyed by visi­tors to Spare Parts, and as part of our Adopt a Pup­pet pro­gram, through which mem­bers of the pub­lic are phi­lan­throp­i­cally sup­port­ing the com­pany's work,” he said.

“Adopt a Pup­pet has made for a closer re­la­tion­ship be­tween us and our au­di­ence while en­abling us, through a schools in­clu­sion pro­gram, to fur­ther our dream of tak­ing pup­petry to ev­ery child in WA.”

The SPPT Schools In­clu­sion Pro­gram looks to raise $42,500 to make their pro­grams avail­able to as many young peo­ple in WA as pos­si­ble through sub­sidised tick­ets and trans­port for schools in dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas. Visit www. sppt. asn. au for more on Adopt and Pup­pet and the School In­clu­sion Pro­gram.

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