Adapted by Peta Murray from the book by Tim Winton

One of Tim Winton’s most personal and quintessentially Western Australian stories, Blueback depicts the life of a young boy, Abel, and his mother, their relationship with the environment and their desire to protect and preserve the natural habitat of the place they call home.

Blueback will nourish your heart and the beautiful poetry will resonate with you and your family long after you leave the theatre. This award-winning production is an underwater menagerie of exquisite puppetry and an extraordinary celebration of the Western Australian coastline from one of WA’s most beloved authors.


  • Saturday 1 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Monday 3 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Tuesday 4 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Wednesday 5 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Thursday 6 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Friday 7 July: 10am, 1pm & 6:30pm
  • Saturday 8 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Monday 10 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Tuesday 11 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Wednesday 12 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Thursday 13 July: 10am & 1pm
  • Friday 14 July: 10am, 1pm & 6:30pm
  • Saturday 15 July: 10am & 1pm

Relaxed Show: Monday 3 July, 10AM

What is a relaxed performance?

Auslan Interpreted Show: Friday 7 July, 1PM

Pulling the Strings: An Insight into Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Technical Department: Friday 7 July, 5:30PM [MORE INFO & BOOKINGS]


Ellie Eaton Theatre, Gate 1, Claremont Showground, Claremont WA 6010

Onsite parking is readily available and absolutely free for the duration of the Blueback season.
Be prepared to show your confirmation email upon arrival at Gate 1, or you may be required to pay for parking.


Director Philip Mitchell

Book Author Tim Winton

Adapting Writer Peta Murray

Designer Hanna Parssinen

Composer Don Hopkins

Performers Anna Lindstedt and Shaun Johnston

Production Manager Megan Fitzgerald


Online ticket sales close 1 hour before showtime! Call our box office on 9335 5044 to see if tickets are available at the door.

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.