This comedy of rebellion and justice is a super high energy combination of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre.
Mr and Mrs Twit, two of the most terrible and disgusting people ever to have lived, haven’t had a good thought in years. They like nothing more than dreaming up terrible tricks to play on each other, eating hot bird pie and training Muggle-Wump the monkey for the Great Upside Down Monkey Circus.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Twits uses masks and handheld puppets to bring the well loved characters to life in the blink of an eye. Artist Leon Hendroff’s visual design was inspired by the 20th Century’s Cubist art movement and draws together the monstrous features of the Twits with ingenious aural elements by Sound Consultant Lee Buddle. Playfulness and tricks are more successful than following the rules in this classic Roald Dahl story, making it fantastically well suited to the grotesque world of puppet theatre.
Despite the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Twit like to play nasty tricks on each other, the story champions the kind hearted and features one of Roald Dahl’s best-known quotes; “…if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
With curriculum links to The Arts, English, Personal and Social Capabilities, English, Literacy, Ethical Understanding, Cultural Understanding, the show encourages exploration of language and character, builds emotional intelligence and encourages critical thinking.
The Twits is Roald Dahl in his purest form – unsentimental, grotesque and a lot of fun!
“For nearly 35 years, Spare Parts has stayed faithful to making puppetry when other exponents in Australia have closed their doors. The company wins praise from adult viewers, as well as the child audiences, always raucously appreciative, that flock to Spare Parts.” The Australian
Cast & Team
Director Michael Barlow
Co-creators Humphrey Bower and Michael Barlow
Assistant Director Sam Longley
Designer Leon Hendroff
Sound Consultant Lee Buddle
Lighting Rhiannon Petersen
Performers Jessica Harlond-Kenny & Geordie Crawley
An educational kit will be provided including classroom ready activities to help prepare students for the show.
Date Prior to show, to be announced soon
Duration 60 min
Cost Free with a school booking (subject to availability)
Hosted by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre this 60 minute workshop is ideal for primary school children with developing interest in craft and play. Students will make a musical instrument from junk, just like those featured in the show. The workshop encourages children to work collaboratively and aims to demonstrate what can be achieved when working in a team. Two highly skilled performers will have them brainstorming, creating, making and performing.
Participants can make their own fabulous instruments like the ones used in the show. The Twits is full of secret musical instruments that make incredible and whacky sounds. Though they may seem fantastical, these instruments are actually super simple to make. Using collected items such as bottles, rubber gloves, rice, toilet rolls and rubber bands, participants can make their own maracas, guitars, tuba phones, tambourines or even jingle bells!
Workshop Bookings Workshops are limited, so please contact email@example.com or phone 08 9792 31111.