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Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and kids from Newrybar Public School at Macadamia Castle. Photo by Kurt Petersen.

One of Australia’s leading puppetry companies, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, conducted a special paper and puppet-making workshop for local kids at Macadamia Castle yesterday (Wednesday 20 September).

The company was in the region for three sold-out performances of their show The Arrival, inspired by the book by Shaun Tan, at NORPA at Lismore City Hall. Local kids were also able to see the show and get hands-on experience in making puppets with actors from the show and then spend an afternoon meeting the animals at Macadamia Castle.

Built on the animation of the images from Shaun Tan’s new book, Spare Parts weaves the quality acting and puppetry that audiences have come to expect from one of Australia’s leading puppet companies.

The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and is sure to resonate with youthful audiences experiencing any arrival: from a new school to a new town.

The absence of words makes the story perfect for puppetry and emphasizes the sense of isolation often experienced by people arriving in a new place.


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