Chinese New Year seemed the perfect time to treat myself to this performance by Perth Festival 2018 Artist-In-Residence Yeung Fai. A fifth-generation Chinese puppeteer and the last in his family, Fai created Hand Stories in 2009 inspired by his family story. There are no subtitles and little dialogue so a spirit of openness, patience and a basic awareness of twentieth-century Chinese history are recommended.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre brings to the stage an endearing and somewhat melancholy production based on homegrown graphic novelist Shaun Tan’s book of the same name.
The Arrival tells the tale of Aki, a man who leaves his home country for a foreign and alien land. His reasons are open to interpretation; war, poverty, hope for a better life. The place he arrives at could be anywhere in the universe, limited only by imagination.