Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Adapted from the book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas

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.

A unique and interactive performance, this adaptation takes the opportunity to recruit local seniors and grandparents to become part of the cast, creating a show that children will cherish by featuring their own family members on stage. 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 in the audience long after the performance.




Inviting all seniors, grandparents and older folk to Take a Seat.

Join us for 45 minutes before the performance of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge to meet the cast, crew (and puppets), and participate in a fun, light-hearted group activity. Afterwards, five lucky people will be given the opportunity to participate in the performance, joining the cast on stage and becoming the fellow residents at the home next to where Wilfrid lives. You don’t need to be an actor to get involved – come as you are!

Sign up for Take a Seat using the registration form when booking your tickets for Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.


  • Saturday 30 March: 10am & 1pm
  • Tuesday 2 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Wednesday 3 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Thursday 4 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Friday 5 April: 10am, 1pm
  • Saturday 6 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Monday 8 April: 10am & 1pm [Performances CANCELLED]
  • Tuesday 9 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Wednesday 10 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Thursday 11 April: 10am & 1pm
  • Friday 12 April: 10am, 1pm

Relaxed Show: Monday 8 April: 10am

What is a relaxed performance?

Auslan Interpreted Show: Friday 5 Apri: 1pm

Pulling the Strings: An Insight into Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Technical Department: Saturday 6 April, 1pm


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

Onsite parking will be available for the duration of the Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge season.


Performers: Tamara Creasey, Michael Barlow

Director: Bec Bradley

Co-Creators: Bec Bradley, Michael Barlow

Designer: Sandy McKendrick

Composer: Melanie Robinson

Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw

Consultant: Alex Desebrock

Puppet & Prop Makers: Sandy McKendrick, Sanjiva Margio, Leon Hendroff, Jirka Zmitko, Rosalie Schneider, Ben Nelson

Stage Manager & Production Assistants: Catherine O’Donoghue and Riley Billyeald

Contributing Devisors: Sanjiva Margio, Kylie Bywaters, Sandy McKendrick, Alex Desebrock, Melanie Robinson


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.