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The Arrival

Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

An emotionally moving piece that will resound with anyone who has felt out-of-place or lost.

Australia’s flagship puppetry company, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre brings to life acclaimed illustrator/author Shaun Tan’s award-winning book, The Arrival.

A truly warm and magical experience, The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, humour and adventures of arriving in a new country. Inspired by stories told by migrants from many different countries, including Tan’s father who came to Australia from Malaysia in 1960, The Arrival follows Aki, a man who finds himself in a foreign country where he must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of employment.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre weaves exceptional acting and the exquisite puppetry to bring Tan’s fantastical world to life. Audiences will experience a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and weird animals.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


One of the best pieces of children’s theatre staged in Perth for years, a soulful and richly imaginative show of refreshing excellence.

The Australian

A sweet, simple story, beautifully presented and performed

Nerida Dickson ArtsHub

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