Puppets share Anzac story

Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke with Norman Jorgensen and Spare Parts artistic director Philip Mitchell. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d425006
Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke with Norman Jorgensen and Spare Parts artistic director Philip Mitchell. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d425006

Spare Parts Puppet |Theatre last week announced that it had received federal funding through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program towards their production of In Flanders Fields.

A Spare Parts Puppet |Theatre spokeswoman said the production would give the company a chance to commemorate the sacrifices of the men and women involved in World War I and provide a visual tool for young children to learn more about it.

‘Spare Parts has had a relationship with Fremantle Press ” the publisher of In Flanders Fields ” for many years and we wanted to make a show to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, but wanted it to be something that could continue in our repertoire for years to come,’ she said.

‘Norman’s book provides a great platform for exploring the many themes related to war such as kindness, bravery and the legacy of war.’

In Flanders Fields is set on the Western Front on Christmas Day, telling the story of the famous truce where an unofficial ceasefire had troops from both sides sing carols and play a game of football.