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.
WILFRID GORDON MCDONALD PARTRIDGE PRE-SHOW ACTIVITY
Inviting all seniors, grandparents and older folk to Take a Seat.
Join us for 30 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.
Note: this ticket includes entry to the performance of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.
Relaxed Show: Monday 8 April: 10am
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
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.