Carnival of
the Animals

Carnival of the Animals
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Words by Nick Enright

Thrilling music performed live on two pianos!

If you could be an animal, which one would you be? Would you be a bird flying free in the sky, a proud prowling lion, or a cheeky little mouse? Come with us on a special musical journey to meet the people of Perth – and the animals that represent us.

Our unique version of Carnival of the Animals is set on one beautiful day in Perth as Saint-Saëns’ marvellous music bursts out of the theatre, transporting us from Fremantle to the Hills, the Swan River to the city. The words of beloved Australian playwright Nick Enright, a cast of hilarious puppets, time-lapse footage and two extraordinary pianists live on stage will bring this carnival to life.

The crowd is clappin’, the flags are flappin’, the carnival is about to happen!

Carnival of the Animals was originally presented by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in 2018


Monday 10 January: 1pm
Tuesday 11 January: 10am & 1pm
Wednesday 12 January: 10am & 1pm
Thursday 13 January: 10am & 1pm
Friday 14 January: 10am, 1pm & 6:30pm
Saturday 15 January: 10am & 1pm
Monday 17 January: 1pm
Tuesday 18 January: 10am & 1pm
Wednesday 19 January: 10am & 1pm
Thursday 20 January: 10am & 1pm
Friday 21 January: 10am, 1pm & 6:30pm
Saturday 22 January: 10am & 1pm
Monday 24 January: 1pm
Tuesday 25 January: 10am & 1pm
Thursday 27 January: 10am & 1pm
Friday 28 January: 10am, 1pm & 6:30pm
Saturday 29 January: 10am & 1pm


Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street Fremantle (opposite the Fremantle Train Station)



Music Camille Saint-Saëns

Words Nick Enright

Director/Co-creator/Video artist Michael Barlow

Designer/Co-creator/puppet maker Leon Hendroff

Puppet, costume and set makers Bryan Woltjen, Jesse Wood, Nicole Marrington, Julie Reeves, Colleen Sutherland, Sheridan Savage, Min Adlide

Lighting design Megan Fitzgerald

Sound design Lee Buddle

Puppeteers Tamara Creasey, Malek Domkoc

Pianists Tommy Seah, Yi-Yun Loei

Voice Over artists Jaime Jalla, Mararo Wangai, Cam Pollock, Joni Tham, Nicola Bartlett, Stephen Donovan, Nate Keady-Parry, Katie Keady, Don Smith, Charlotte Otton, Imogen Stokes, Gryff Hanson, Ivan King, Irma Woods

Stage Manager Liam Murray

Perfect for ages 5+