First Performance Awesome Arts Festival 2012

Have you ever loved an animal? Have you ever wondered why they are so loyal?

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachikō is a theatrical celebration of the remarkable joy and companionship that an animal can bring to our lives and is the perfect family outing. Simplicity, beauty and gentle poetic storytelling in this carefully crafted Spare Parts production ensures both children and adults alike will be drawn into the true story of a dog that waited at a Tokyo train station every day for nine years for his master to return.


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Suitable for ages 5+

Philip Mitchell
Ian Sinclair
Lee Buddle
Lighting Designer
Karen Cook
Matt McVeigh
Production Manager
Karen Cook
Bec Bradley and St John Cowcher

2012 Awesome Arts Festival

2012 Regional Tour

2013 Regional Arts Victoria Tour

2013 Regional Schools Tour

2014 Fremantle Season

2016 CircuitWest Regional Venues Tour

2016 Regional Schools Tour


Sean Guastavino

Jessica Harlond Kenny

Reviews & Media

"Thoughtfully devised and beautifully presented work from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, an offering for all members of the family to enjoy and discuss."

Nerida Dickinson, ArtsHub

"The main puppet of the show was the loveable dog, Hachiko. He was made of cardboard, but he came to life on stage with wagging tail and all. In only an instant we forgot he was not real, and we fell in love with him."

Alisha, Buggy Buddies

"To find yourself shedding a quiet tear over a plain brown cardboard dog quivering with grief is a curious thing."

The West Australian