Move over Muppets, Spare Parts made a musical!

Bandicoot, Koala, and a very fun-loving Frill Necked lizard regale their story, part truth, part myth but mostly inspiration, of a woman who transforms her world to bring about hope and happiness for herself and the world around her.


Do you ever wonder how much just one person out of 7.8 billion can really accomplish? The One Who Planted Trees is an inspirational story that proves just how much one person can do and will have you humming out of the theatre, pulling out the spade and watering plants into the ground.


In the face of a global climate emergency, how can we find hope? What good can one person do? When those around you do nothing, how do you respond? This is a fun joyous springboard for serious discussion about our world and the environment we all value.


“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is today.” Chinese Proverb


Writers Amberly Cull, Nick Pages Oliver

Director  Philip Mitchell

Co-creator Bec Bradley

Designer Leon Hendroff

Songs and musical arrangement Melanie Robinson, Carmel Dean

Sound design and recording Lee Buddle

Musicians Iain Grandage and Harry Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass, Ben Vanderwal on drums, Melanie Robinson on voice and cello

Digital designer and animation Clare Testoni

Lighting Designer Kristie Smith

Production Manager and Operator Jackson Harrison

Puppet and Prop maker Leon Hendroff, Jackson Harrison, Jesse Wood

History and Performers

2021 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Amberly Cull, Bec Bradley, Nick Pages Oliver


“The One Who Planted Trees promotes empowerment of self by asking its viewers to take the initiative to create a world they want to live in… The set changes, music, singing, lighting and most importantly, the puppetry, were all delivered seamlessly.”

Melissa Buckley, Artshub

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.