“Where the young stay young and the old grow young forever”

Adapted from the book by Margery Williams

Be captivated and delighted by the classic story of The Velveteen Rabbit. The inspiration for Toy Story, this is an enchanting tale of the relationship between a child and his toy rabbit. To others, he just appears to be an old toy that has seen better days, but to the boy he is so much more, and the scene is set for a story of great emotional power.

A wise horse, some bossy bull dozers, a flying fairy and a toy box full of crazy colourful toys makes The Velveteen Rabbit a magical puppetry experience for the whole family. This enduring story considers the power of friendship and the imagination and what makes something ‘real’.


Director Philip Mitchell

Writer Adapted by Greg Lissaman

Designer Zoe Atkinson

Composer Lee Buddle

Lighting Designer Graham Walne

Puppet Construction Jiri Zmitko

Design Assistance Isaac Lummis & Bryan Woltjen

Costume maker Cherie Hewson

Production & Stage Manager Sharon Custer, Alexander Dick, Sarah McKellar, Chad Wetton, Bec Bradley, Jackson Harrison

History and Performers

2005 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Michael Barlow, Rachael Whitworth, Simon Clarke
2006 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Michael Barlow, Rachael Whitworth, Simon Clarke
2006 Craigie Leisure Centre season
Damon Lockwood, Michelle Anderson, Simon Clarke
2009 WA Tour Regional Schools Tour, Fremantle, Mandurah, Margaret River, Midland, and Joondalup seasons
Ben Russell, Michelle Anderson, Damon Lockwood
2012 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, Michael Barlow, St John Cowcher
2017 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, Michael Barlow, Nick Pages-Oliver
2022 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Bec Bradley, Louis Spencer, Michael Barlow, Nick Pages-Oliver


“a stunning theatrical production and a moving testament to the transforming power of love.”

Australian Stage


“The hottest children’s puppet show in town”

The Sunday Times

Creative Learning Activies

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.