Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in partnership with the Western Australian (WA) Museum have created a new immersive puppetry show, “Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock” which will be presented from April to June 2018 in WA.
It is a choose-your-own adventure performance that provides a greater understanding and recognition of the role that Australian soldiers played during the First World War. It is suitable for ages five and up and encourages hands-on engagement and moments of reflection.
This project is inspired by the book 'In Flanders Fields' by Norman Jorgensen and will comprise 10 stories each set in a different decade over the last 100-years. Objects will be used to explore how small acts of kindness can affect positive change and lessen the impact of war on individuals and families.
More than 14 performers and 70 volunteers will participate over the course of the world premiere season.
Projects such as these promote understanding and awareness of the First World War. The style of this performance allows younger Australians to understand our history and how these events have shaped our national identity.
The project received $100,000 from the ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund which supports arts and culture projects that commemorate the centenary of the First World War from 2014 to 2018.