The crowd is clappin’, the flags are flappin’, the carnival is about to happen!

If you could be an animal, which one would you be? Would you be a bird flying free in the sky, a proud prowling lion, or a cheeky little mouse? Come with us on a special musical journey to meet the people of Perth – and the animals that represent us.

Our unique version of Carnival of the Animals is set on one beautiful day in Perth as Saint-Saëns’ marvellous music bursts out of the theatre, transporting us from Fremantle to the Hills, the Swan River to the city. With the words of beloved Australian playwright Nick Enright, this performance will delight you with a blend of music, puppets and stop motion animation projected onto a large screen.


Music Camille Saint-Saëns

Words Nick Enright

Director/Co-creator/Video artist Michael Barlow

Designer/Co-creator/puppet maker Leon Hendroff

Puppet, costume and set makers Bryan Woltjen, Jesse Wood, Nicole Marrington, Julie Reeves, Colleen Sutherland, Sheridan Savage, Min Adlide

Lighting design Megan Fitzgerald

Sound design Lee Buddle

Voiceover artists Jaime Jalla, Mararo Wangai, Cam Pollock, Joni Tham, Nicola Bartlett, Stephen Donovan, Nate Keady-Parry, Katie Keady, Don Smith, Charlotte Otton, Imogen Stokes, Gryff Hanson, Ivan King, Irma Woods

Stage Manager Liam Murray

History and Performers

2018 Perth Concert Hall
Puppeteers: Campbell Pollock, Charlotte Otton. Live Music: Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.
2022 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Puppeteers: Malek Domkoc, Tamara Creasey. Pianists: Tommy Seah, Yi-Yun Loei.

Creative Learning Activies

Watch the promo clip

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.