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> Spare Parts casts spell for the school holidays

Exquisite marionettes, music, magic boxes, swirling sword rides and a carnival of tricks await the young and young at heart in this exotic story of love and friendship, the transforming power of the imagination and of a puppet who wanted to be free.

Inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s famous ballet, written by Humphrey Bower, Spellbound is an adventure story about Petrushka, a clumsy clown, the beautiful Ballerina and the handsome strongman, Benjamin and their desire to be free from the magician, Zeno’s mysterious world of tricks, magic and illusion.

First produced in 2003, Director of Spellbound and Artistic Director of Spare Parts, Philip Mitchell said that the production was a landmark in Australian puppetry.

“The marionettes crafted by Jiri Zmitko, our Head Puppet Maker are some of the most exquisite in Australian puppetry,” he said. “And through the use of ‘black theatre’ and bunraku puppetry techniques and a remarkable lighting design by Andrew Lake, the puppets will appear to come alive before the audience’s eyes. It has to be seen to be believed!”

The cast includes Shane Adamczak, Oda Aunan, St John Crowcher and Mark Storen. Composer Lee Buddle stylistically spans centuries with a score that captures the beauty of the baroque and the gritty energy of rap and hip hop.

Suitable for everyone but perfect for ages 5 to 11. Early bookings to secure tickets are always advised as the company’s shows frequently sell out. 24/7 booking facilities are available online at or by phone on 9335 5044.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is based in Fremantle, Western Australia and is Australia’s leading puppetry company, creating entertaining and inspirational theatre for young people and their families. In 2011, the company will begin its celebrations for 30 years of creating quality new Australian puppetry works that excite the way we view our world through image, illusion and entertainment. For more information, please visit or 9335 5044

Excellent image, photo and interview opportunities are available.
Please contact John Michael Swinbank 0414 743 418

Spellbound – Inspired by Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, this magical adventure story about a puppet who dreams of being free showcases some of the most beautiful puppets ever made by the fabulous Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle opposite the Freo Train Station. Suitable for everyone but perfect for ages 5 to 11. Bookings are advised online 24/7 at or 9335 504.


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