Tales from Outer Suburbia is a curiously fun celebration of the magic that happens in the most familiar places.

Adapted from the book by Shaun Tan

Be taken on a journey of discovery through your own backyard where you might just see a peanut-sized, pantry-dwelling creature, a massive wise buffalo on a vacant block or a rowboat floating magically through the streets.

With a lively and imaginative mix of real-time animation, projection, miniature marionettes, gigantic rod puppets and playful performers this world premiere season will capture hearts, minds, and imaginations across generations.

Presented in partnership with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Special thanks to Eleonora Barcellona, Lisa Bonobo, Umberto Margio and Olivia Tartaglia

Thanks to AstroDeck and Douglas Hi-Fi for their contribution to Tales from Outer Suburbia.


Director Philip Mitchell

Designer Sohan Ariel Hayes

Composer Lee Buddle

Lighting Designer Karen Cook

Puppet Construction Chloe Flockart, Sanjiva Margio, Ben Gates

Production Manager Karen Cook

Adapting Writer Michael Barlow

Production Assistant Alex Dick Citadel

Construction & Stop Frame Animation Pierce Davison

Creative Development Jacob Lehrer, Brian Woltjen

Production & Technical Support Sue Italiano, Roly Skender

History and Performers

2013 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Bec Bradley, Chloe Flockart, Humphrey Bower, Imanuel Dado
2013 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, Chloe Flockart, Humphrey Bower, Imanuel Dado


“…a lively and imaginative mix of projection, miniature marionettes, gigantic rod puppets and real time animation thanks to some well hidden closed circuit cameras”



“It’s exciting, wonder-making and emotionally powerful.”

The West Australian


“An artistic delight for all ages as well as exceptional school holiday entertainment.”


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.