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Nobody Owns the Moon - Review

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
I enjoy freelance creative writing and being a Mum to my two awesome boys.
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Pull Some Strings To Dance Like Puppets
The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle is an ideal place for families with young children suitably five years on, to venture and take in a contemporary, lively puppet show.

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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Nobody Owns the Moon," now showing at 10am & 1pm these school holidays, is a production based on the book by Tohby Riddle and carefully adapted to puppetry by the late Noriko Nishimoto and Michael Barlow.

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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Performances are reasonably short or well timed, vibrant and will keep little onlookers entertained. They combine puppets, performers and props on a larger stage, adding in the conventional "Punch & Judy" puppet theatre 'box.'

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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

The story surrounds the lives of absent friends Clive the Fox played by Jessica Lewis and Humphrey the Donkey acted by Shirley Van Sanden. Clive is slinky, clever and has a steady, repetitive job. Humphrey tries extremely hard, but is slow and clumsy. He can't hold down a job and has no home.
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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

When circumstances cause them to find each other again, a mysterious blue envelope also appears, changing their perspectives on one magical night. A devious, crafty Crocodile performed by Geoff Kelso seeks to buy the moon and the very city they live in.

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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Yvan Karlsson, a street entertainer and narrator of the show, guides in an upbeat, rhythmic dance with his sidekick marionette Bear and throughout every step doesn't lose his head with pigeon's in toe.
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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Even at my mid age I was captivated by the symmetry, cheerfulness, yet also gloominess of the whole theatrics. This is probably not an event teenagers would be interested in, although it may hold their attention some of the time.

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Image courtesy of: Jessica Wyld Photography - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Come early, as seats are not reserved or booked in advance. Drinks and food are not permitted in the theatre and toilet breaks are preferable before the show.

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Image courtesy of: Simone Hepburn 2016

There is an interesting display of various puppets to see ahead of time and a colouring-in section for the kids. 'Adopt A Puppet' and the Holiday Workshops are also worth enquiring about at the booking office.

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Image courtesy of: Simone Hepburn 2016

Another reason to arrive earlier is the unpredictable parking in Fremantle. We found the easiest place to park was on the corner of Cantonment and Queen Street. This is just a short walk to the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, local cafeterias and souvenir shops.

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Image courtesy of: Simone Hepburn 2016

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Image courtesy of: Simone Hepburn 2016

The cost of tickets is $25 each general admission for all ages, $24 each for a group of 4 or more and $23 each when 10 or more tickets are purchased, with a limit of 30 per person.

Recent shows have filled up fast. Next week "Nobody Owns the Moon" continues to run at 10am and 1pm daily until the 8th October, including an added performance on Friday night at 6.30pm.
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Image courtesy of: Simone Hepburn 2016

If you haven't yet experienced this type of theatre, it is well worth being mesmerised by this play. Pull some strings to make it your introduction to the world of puppetry.
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Why? Support & enjoy local theatre puppetry
When: 10am & 1pm daily Mon-Sat, plus 6.30pm 7th Oct
Phone: 08 9335 5044
Where: 1 Short St, Fremantle WA 6160
Cost: $25 each, discount tickets available
Your Comment
I love Performing Arts for children - I used to try to do something like this once a month with my son, when he was little - I used to say 'to give him a bit of culture' - well worth it, helps them to appreciate the arts.
by Elaine (score: 3|7436) 1410 days ago
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