Touring Shows

Regional and outer metro school tours


2023 Outer Metro Schools Touring Program

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and our touring partners are excited to announce our 2024 Outer Metro Schools Tour of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, adapted from the book by Mem Fox.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is one of Mem Fox’s most popular stories and is treasured by generations of Australians.

Set in the old people’s home next door to where Wilfrid lives, this fun and heart-warming story follows his affectionate bond with his favourite old person, the 96-year-old Miss Nancy. Your students will be captivated by the engaging and interactive performance style, with five members from the audience becoming part of the cast. Wilfrid and Miss Nancy, both beautifully hand-crafted life-size puppets, come to life through the magical touch of our expert puppeteers, winning the hearts of young and old.

Exploring the power of objects as vessels of memory and memories as the threads that connect us to each other, this story is a true celebration of intergenerational friendship that will bring laughter, inspire joy and leave ripples of connectedness with your students long after the performance.

Performance details

Performance Length: 50 minutes + 10-minute Q&A session with the performers.

Age Appropriateness: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is perfect for Kindergarten–Year 7 and is also suitable for Years 7+ for students studying Drama or subjects related to the curriculum, links listed below.

Curriculum Links

The Arts, English, HASS, Health & Physical Education
Literacy, Interacting with Others, Expressing and Developing Ideas, Personal and social capability, Critical and creative thinking, Intercultural understanding

Expressions of Interest are now open!

For available dates, technical requirements, costs, and further information, please follow the link below:

To discuss this performance, the tour, or other ways puppetry can enrich your school curriculum, please call us on 9335 5044 or email


Download our Teacher Resource Kits

Spare Parts aims to create experiences that compliment and enhances the teaching process, while finding meaningful ways to link to the curriculum.

Our performances encourage students to respond, examine and interpret the text, exploring meaningful ways to connect with the story and the art form and address many general capabilities including Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, and Intercultural Understanding.

Extensive and detailed Teachers’ Notes are distributed with each booking. These include classroom activities and learning tools that have been developed by teachers, for teachers.

You can find our previous Teacher Resource Kits HERE.

“The teacher resources are particularly excellent and thorough. I will definitely keep the pack for ideas in other learning areas.”
– Teacher, Bicton Primary School

If you’re a teacher that would like to help us create the educational resource packs that we distribute to teachers, or if you’re interested in learning more about our Teachers Reference Group, email