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The Arrival
Spare Parts Puppets return

Shaun Tan’s fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and weird animals.



All Tickets $18
Group 4 + $15ea

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3 family shows $42

50 mins | no interval

Director Philip Mitchell
Writer Michael Barlow – adaptation from the book by Shaun Tan
Designer Jiri Zmitko
Composer Lee Buddle
Lighting Designer Graham Walne
Performers Karen Hethey, Giri Mazzella and Sanjiva Margio
Puppet Construction Jiri Zmitko and Kipling Smith
Animation Design Michael Barlow
Production Manager Karen Cook
Stage Manager Damon Lockwood


Burrinja Theatre
SAT 26 AUG, 10:30AM &  1:30PM


“The Arrival is simply exquisite theatre. And I don’t imagine it could be quite like anything you’ve seen before.”- The West Australian

Winner of the Western Australian Equity Guild Award for ‘Best Production of 2006'


Based on Shaun Tan’s stunning book, Australia’s leading puppet company Spare Parts Puppets weave this imaginative and uplifting tale through their famous combination of exceptional acting woven with exquisite puppetry.

The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, the humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and resonates far beyond any arrival… a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

Be inspired and moved by Spare Parts Puppet’s most visually stunning and emotionally moving and unforgettable production.

Stay tuned for Spare Parts Puppets Paper Puppetry & Play workshops.


Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is Australia’s flagship puppetry company dedicated to the development and creation of the art form. Through puppetry they share stories that celebrate what it is to be human; connecting audiences across generations.

Over the course of our 35 year history they have entertained and enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of audience members both in Australia and abroad.


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