Spare Parts Puppet Theatre to temporarily host shows at UWA as its home is upgraded

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Picture: Martin Kennealey

SPARE Parts Puppet Theatre performances will move out of Fremantle temporarily as the venue undergoes a $400,000 upgrade.

The construction of an ‘exo-skeleton’ to strengthen the exterior of the Short Street theatre will force the venue to close over winter, with productions moved to the UWA’s Dolphin Theatre.

Culture and the Arts minister David Templeman said the works were necessary because the back of the building had been affected by water penetration, which had been causing minor flooding.

“As this is where the stage and auditorium are, Spare Parts will temporarily shift its July and September productions while the renovations are carried out,” he said.

“Only the rear of the building will be affected, Spare Parts’ box office, administration and general staff are expected to be able to continue to stay on working at the offices at the front of the Fremantle premises.”

The building’s heritage status means the Department of Culture and the Arts will consult with the State Heritage Office and Heritage Council for the renovation work.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s production of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival will be the first to be staged at the Dolphin Theatre from July 1 to 15.

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