11 August, 2022

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has taken home two major awards at this year’s Performing Arts WA Awards.

In the theatre category, Spare Parts’ Beanstalk won Best Mainstage Production, and the creative team of Amberly Cull, Nick Pages-Oliver, Melanie Robinson and Carmel Dean won the award for Outstanding New Work for The One Who Planted Trees.

As well as taking home these prestigious awards, Australia’s flagship puppetry company was also nominated for six other awards, including:

  • Outstanding New Work
  • Outstanding Performer in a Leading Role
    Sam Longley – Beanstalk
  • Outstanding Direction of a Mainstage Production
    Philip Mitchell – The One Who Planted Trees
  • Outstanding Composition or Arranging
    Melanie Robinson & Carmel Dean – The One Who Planted Trees
  • Outstanding Stage Design
    Leon Hendroff & Clare Testoni – The One Who Planted Trees
    Bryan Woltjen – Beanstalk


We are grateful to again be acknowledged and valued as part of WA’s performing arts community, and thank our artists, audiences and supporters for their unwavering commitment to the company.

Beanstalk, written and performed by the talented Sam Longley, and directed by SPPT Artistic Director Philip Mitchell, premiered in January 2021 and kickstarted what was an enormously successful year as SPPT celebrated its 40th year. A retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk – told from the giant’s perspective – the show delighted audiences with its whimsical set, creative puppetry, bouncy score and a stellar solo performance.

The One Who Planted Trees, SPPT’s first ever musical production, was an immediate hit with audiences portraying the magic of life on earth via puppetry, song, digital animation, and story to deliver a heart-warming tale of hope and persistence. Created by a phenomenal team including Nick Pages-Oliver & Amberly Cull (writers), Rebecca Bradley (co-creator), Phillip Mitchell (director), Leon Hendroff (designer), and Melanie Robinson & Carmel Dean (songs & musical arrangement) – this now award-winning show will be touring state-wide and nationally in 2024.

Acknowledgement of Country

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land on which we work. As we tour our work across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations elders, past and present. We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.