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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek

3 to 17 July

Media Contact:

John Michael Swinbank 0414 743 418

The Bunyip is back for the holidays!

A new generation of Western Australian children and their families will get the rare opportunity to see The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek when the acclaimed production by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be presented at the company’s Fremantle theatre from Saturday, July 3 for the school holidays.

Devised and directed by Noriko Nishimoto and Michael Barlow from the book by Jenny Wagner, this uniquely Australian story has charmed audiences in WA and overseas since its 1998 premiere. Original cast member Michael Barlow will be joined by new cast members, well-known comedian Shane Adamczak and acclaimed musician Mel Robinson, making her debut with the company.

Set in outback bush country, The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek tells the amusing and poignant story of a lonely Bunyip who yearns to discover the truth about his identity and physical appearance. On his journey along the creek bed, he encounters a ‘who’s who” of iconic Australian animals including a cheeky echidna, a recalcitrant platypus, a few vague wallabies, and an assortment of birds, in particular a mad emu as well as an even madder scientist.

The set, designed by Zoe Atkinson, evokes a “dreamtime Bunyip world’, awash with Australian landscape colours of reds, yellows, browns and ochres,  It features a billabong, a creek bed, where the animals live, and a tree, which doubles as a large scale musical instrument for composer Lee Buddle’s bubbly and beautiful original score. Slats on the tree become a marimba while tensioned wires become a hammer dulcimer which is plucked, strummed or plain old whacked by the puppeteers, in particular by singer-cellist, Mel Robinson. The hand carved rod puppets by the company’s Chief Puppet Maker, Jiri Zmitko are among some of the most beautiful in the company’s extensive repertoire.

Artistic Director of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Philip Mitchell, said that The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek was one of the flagship productions from the company’s 30 year history. “I am thrilled that we are able to bring this uniquely Australian story to a new generation of children,“ he said. “It is atmospheric, poignant and extremely entertaining, particularly when joyous mayhem is unleashed through duelling marimbas, dulcimer chopsticks and some snappy dance routines in this Aussie larrikin-style yarn guaranteed to make the young and young at heart laugh, cry and absolutely believe in Bunyips.”

Suitable for everyone but perfect for ages 4 to 8, the 50 minute show will open for the school holidays from July 3 with two shows daily at 10am and 1pm. Additionally, there will be a 6pm performance on the following days: Friday and Saturday July 9, 10, 16 and 17. Early bookings are 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 October, 2010 a new work, The Birthday, will begin celebrations marking its 30 year history of creating quality new Australian puppetry works that excite the way we view our world through image, illusion and entertainment.

Photo and interview opportunities are available.

Please contact John Michael Swinbank 0414 743 418

Listings: The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek – uniquely Australian story about a lonely Bunyip and his hilarious encounters with a ‘who’s who’ of iconic animals, including echidna, platypus, emu and wallabies, by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (opposite Freo Train Station) Suitable for everyone but perfect for 4 to 8 year olds. From July 3 for the school holidays. Book on 9335 5044 or 24/7 at

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

1 Short Street, Fremantle

(opposite the Freo Train Station)

The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek

3 to 17 July

Media Contact:

John Michael Swinbank 0414 743 418

Running Time

50 mins

Age Range

Suitable for everyone, but perfect for ages 4 – 9.


School Holiday Season :
Sat 3 – Thurs 8 & Mon 12 – Thurs 15 July, 10.00am & 1.00pm
Fri 9 – Sat 10 & Fri 16 – Sat 17 July, 1.00pm & 6.00pm

Prices: Adults at Child prices, $17.50
Groups of 4+, $15.50
Groups of 10+, $13.50


1998 Premiere Season

1999 Regional Tour, Western Australia
International Tour, Japan

2000 Return Season, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre


Noriko Nishimoto.

Assistant Director

Michael Barlow


Noriko Nishimoto and Michael Barlow


Zoe Atkinson


Lee Buddle

Puppet Construction

Jiri Zmitko and Zoe Atkinson

2010 Performers

Michael Barlow and Shane Adamczak
Cellist, Soprano and Dancer: Mel Robinson

Original Cast

Michael Barlow and Paul Johnson
Cellist, Soprano and Dancer: Taryn Fiebig


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