Theatre group brings iconic WA tale to life in Exmouth

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A scene from Blueback by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
Camera IconA scene from Blueback by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Credit: Supplied

Students in Exmouth were amazed by the magic of puppetry earlier this month when Spare Parts Puppet Theatre paid them a visit.

The WA theatre group was at Exmouth District High School in early May when they performed the show Blueback, adapted from the book by Tim Winton.

Blueback is a celebration of the WA coastline and tells the story of a young boy, Abel, who meets a giant groper and is set on a journey from inquisitive boy to a man prepared to stand up for what he loves and believes in.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre executive producer Natalie Bell said the work was really relevant to the Gascoyne region because the story came from the Ningaloo area.

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“I hope that it ignited a passion and love for the environment and the students fell in love with Tim Winton’s beautiful work,” she said.

The group are touring regional WA, and Ms Bell said they really valued the opportunity to present the show to country kids.

“Regional schools can’t travel to Perth to see what we do at our theatre in Fremantle,” she said.

“It’s really important we’re taking works out to schools and the students have the opportunity to engage with works that provoke interesting questions.”

While in Exmouth the theatre also ran free workshops that focused on show puppets and underwater themes.

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