Spare Parts Theatre To Be Protected From Water Penetration

Spare Parts Theatre To Be Protected From Water Penetration

Western Australia Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman

$400,000 Upgrade For Spare Parts Theatre

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  • 17 local jobs to be created through $400,000 upgrade to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Upgrade will take place over the winter months and result in a temporary shift of venue for the company
  • Move will see the acclaimed production of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival in early July take place at the Dolphin Theatre at UWA
  • Renovations include the erection of a steel ‘exo-skeleton’ at the rear of the building, which is affected by water penetration

A total of 17 local jobs will be created through the construction of an ‘exo-skeleton’ at the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre on Short Street, Fremantle over the coming months.

“Rear of the building which is a relatively modern addition has been affected by water penetration that sometimes results in minor flooding of the basement under the stage.” Minister for Culture and the Arts David Templeman said.

“As this is where the stage and auditorium are, Spare Parts will temporarily shift its July and September productions while the renovations are carried out.”

$400,000 project will take place over the winter months and strengthen the rear of the building, which an architect’s report has found to be affected by water penetration.

Spare Parts will temporarily re-locate its performances from its Fremantle premises to enable the renovation to be carried out. This means its acclaimed production of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival in early July will be staged at the Dolphin Theatre at The University of Western Australia.

“Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has a long tradition in Fremantle and brings in many visitors who eat, drink and shop when they come to see a production.” Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said.

Shift in performance venue is being undertaken as a precaution to avoid the possibility of having a production’s season interrupted by bad weather or heavy storms over the winter period.