Classic tail 

• Spare Parts Theatre’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit.

KIDS driving you nuts during the Easter holidays?

Then The Velveteen Rabbit could be the answer to all your prayers.

It’s not a chocolate bunny, but an enchanting and uplifting childhood tale that’s had a centenary reboot by the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Written in 1922, in the wake of the post-WW I Spanish flu and scarlet fever epidemics, The Velveteen Rabbit explores the special imaginary relationship between a child and a toy rabbit (who desperately wants to be 

‘real’) and celebrates the power of belief, love and loyalty.

Spare Parts artistic director Philip Mitchell says the emotional story is one for our times as we endure the pandemic and the hidden legacies of isolation like hopelessness and loneliness – but also resilience.

“This 100-year-old classic resonates down the years with its uplifting story of belief and make-believe that suggests that anything is possible if you believe in it enough,” Mitchell says. 

“The Velveteen Rabbit is the perfect experience for the whole family to share together. It will cast a spell on you and linger in your mind and heart – and spark many important conversations with your child long after you leave the theatre.”

Based on Margery Williams’ enchanting story, which inspired the Toy Story movies, Spare Parts’ production has been adapted by Greg Lissaman and includes a host of experienced performers including Michael Barlow 

(Carnival of Animals, Fox), Bec Bradley (The One Who Planted Trees, Blueback) and Nick Pages-Oliver (The One Who Planted Trees, Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa) and newcomer Louis Spencer.

Founded in 1981, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre champions puppetry in Australia and across the globe.

The award-winning company presents seasons annually at its home theatre in Fremantle, as well performing on national and international tours.

The Velveteen Rabbit runs for 50 minutes and is suitable for children aged five and above. It’s showing at Spare Parts’ theatre in Fremantle from April 4-23.

For show times and tickets go to sppt.asn.au 

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