Puppetry inspires students
Members from Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre have begun a regional schools tour, dropping by Pemberton District High School last week.
Puppeteers Bec Bradley and Nick Pages-Oliver performed Moominpappa at Sea, based on a book by Tove Jansson.
The performance was aimed at encouraging students to reflect on their personal and social freedoms, how they relate to others and the environment.
Students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 attended the performance and Years 2 to 6 participated in an introduction to puppets drama workshop afterwards.
School principal Lee Illingworth said the workshop involved interactive demonstrations and insights into puppetry techniques including the use of marionettes, Bunraku, hand, rod and body puppets. “The incursion was organised by our primary school arts teacher Caroline Muir,” she said.
“Students will be exploring the origins and types of puppets from around the world for the remainder of the year in drama.”
Spare Parts is running the tour through Healthway and will be visiting other regional schools in the area.
Saxon Kelly, Year 5, Angus Lee, Year 6, Meisha Pitts, Year 5, Isabella Dunnet, Year 4, and Leah Reynolds, Year 5, with teacher Caroline Muir and puppeteers Bec Bradley and Nick Pages-Oliver.