The Last Great Hunt's New Owner
A story of love, loss and new beginnings
From the creators of international smash hits The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside comes a sensitive new show about loss, friendship and new beginnings.
Bart is a boisterous puppy waiting to be chosen from the animal shelter. Mabel is a lonely widow, trying to fill the hole in her heart. The day they find each other is the beginning of a profound friendship – but Mabel is old, and Bart is young – and suddenly alone.
Combining puppetry, live-action, animation and an immersive sound score, New Owner takes us on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes. Nominated for Best Presentation for Children at the 2017 Helpmann Awards this show is both a technical masterwork and a heart-warming emotional roller coaster.
Warning! Contains scenes of sadness and loss that may be upsetting for very small children
Post Show Q & A
Stay on after the show to put your burning questions to the cast in a 15 minute Q & A session.
Cast & Team
Created by Arielle Gray & Tim Watts
Performers Rachael Woodward & Chloe Flockart
Design & Gadgets Anthony Watts
Original Music Composition Rachael Dease
Puppet Design & Construction Chloe Flockart
International Creative Intern Soren Hojgaard
Produced by The Last Great Hunt
New Owner was originally supported by the Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)’s new performance model.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The Last Great Hunt is supported by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Dog Meet & Greet
The themes in New Owner encourage potential pet owners to considering adopting from an animal shelter. To celebrate this we’ve teamed up with local adoption organisation BARRC who’ll be bringing two rescue dogs to both performances. For 45 minutes before the show and 15 minutes after you’ll have the chance to meet these friendly canines and speak to BARRC’s volunteers about adopting or fostering!
BARRC is a 100% volunteer run, not for profit animal rescue group based out of Bunbury. Since forming in March 2019, they have rehomed over 100 dogs and worked with other rescue groups statewide to rehome over 50 more. Through education of responsible pet ownership, sterilisation and rehoming animals, BARRC aim to create a future where all animals are valued within their community.