Blueback will nourish your heart and the beautiful poetry will resonate with you long after you leave the theatre.

Adapted from the book by Tim Winton

Blueback is an evocative story set along the Western Australian coastline. It captures the mystery of the sea and the majesty of an old fish called Blueback, and the moment when an inquisitive boy becomes a man of conviction, prepared to stand up for what he loves and believes in.

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.

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.

Originally produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre


Director Philip Mitchell

Writer Adapted by Peta Murray

Designer Hanna Parssinen

Puppet Construction Greg Methe

Composer Don Hopkins

Production Manager Elliot Chambers & Jackson Harrison

History and Performers

2005 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Karen Hethey, Michael Barlow
2008 Regional Schools Tour
Karen Hethey, Tim Rodgers
2009 Regional Schools Tour
Karen Hethey, Tim Rodgers, Sarah Nelson
2010 Regional Schools Tour
Bec Bradley, Sarah Nelson
2011 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Michael Barlow, Sarah Nelson
2012 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Michael Barlow, Sarah Nelson
2015 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, St John Cowcher
2015 Regional Schools Tour
Bec Bradley, St John Cowcher
2019 Regional Schools Tour
Daniel Dosek, Jessica Harlond-Kenny
2019 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Daniel Dosek, Jessica Harlond-Kenny

Creative Learning Activies

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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.