Jamie, a lonely young girl, yearns to be close to nature and dreams of escaping the fast-paced and busy city.

One night, Jamie’s dreams take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo features rod puppetry and costume puppets to bring multiple characters to life.

The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and teaches us the importance of empathy and caring for a living thing. It features a stunning puppet cast of life-size animal characters, including Elephant, Giraffe, Penguin, Cranes, Thorny Devils, and the hilarious dancing Meerkats.


Director Michael Barlow

Writer Michael Barlow

Designer Iona McAuley

Composer Lee Buddle

Lighting Designer Romi Poonoosamy

Production Manager Elliot Chambers

Assistant Designer Matt McVeigh

History and Performers

2009 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Jacob Lehrer, Katya Shevtsov
2011 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Jacob Lehrer, Katya Shevtsov
2011 National Tour
Jacob Lehrer, Katya Shevtsov
2011 The Arts Centre, Melbourne
Jacob Lehrer, Katya Shevtsov
2011 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Jacob Lehrer, Katya Shevtsov
2014 CircuitWest Regional Venues Tour
Ben Mortley, Sarah Nelson
2015 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Ben Mortley, Sarah Nelson
2018 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Isaac Diomon, Kylie Bywaters


“The Night Zoo is a joyful summer experience for all family to share”

Love Freo, 2015


“A show for young and old, The Night Zoo allows audiences to dream and imagine.”

The Sunday Times, 2015


“A wonderful opportunity to awaken the imaginations of children with this beautifully told story, with a reassuring ending”

Kimberley Shaw, Stage Whispers, 2015

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.