Inspired by real-life stories from rural Australia, The Farmer’s Daughter explores the familial bonds.

The Farmer’s Daughter explores the bond between a girl and her grandfather. Audiences will experience a visual celebration of a family’s connection and powerful relationship to their environment.

Two years in the making, this show is the unique collaboration between the Merredin farming community and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, developed through a series of residencies that immersed the creative team in the daily lives of the Wheatbelt farming community.

The Farmer’s Daughter tackles themes of change and resilience while celebrating the lives of the people who live and work on the land. Puppets, performers, lights, and sound vividly recreate rural Australia and invite a deeper understanding of the families who call it home.


Director Philip Mitchell

Co-Devisors Chloe Flockart & Bec Bradley

Writer lan Sinclair

Designer Matt McVeigh

Composer Lee Buddle

Lighting Designer Graham Walne

Construction Matt McVeigh, Chloe Flockart, Iona McAuley, Ben Gates, Don Walters, Calvin Chee

Production Manager George Ashforth

History and Performers

2014 Cummins Theatre, Merredin
Bec Bradley, Chloe Flockart, Ruth Battle, St John Cowcher
2014 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, Chloe Flockart, Ruth Battle, St John Cowcher
2014 Regional Arts Australia Summit, Kalgoorlie
Bec Bradley, Chloe Flockart, Ruth Battle, St John Cowcher
2018 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, Daisy Coyle, Ruth Battle, St John Cowcher


Farm was nominated for six Performing Arts awards 2015

Performer Chloe Flockart was nominated for Best Actress and Bec Bradley nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Both Lighting Designer Graham Walne and Puppet / Set Designer Matt McVeigh were nominated for Best Design. Spare Parts’ Artistic Director and Farm Director Philip Mitchell was nominated for Best Director and the show was nominated in the overall Best Production category.


“Complex and incredibly beautiful, Farm tells its story without flinching” (4.5 stars)

Zoe Barron, ArtsHub (2014)


“Farm is a feast for the eyes, and Flockart makes a wonderful transition from the spirited, somewhat defiant young girl to the young lady that carries on in her father’s footsteps”

Cicely Binford, Australian Stage

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.