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UPDATE 18/03/2020 - Event has been cancelled

Esperance Civic Centre and The Last Great Hunt present NEW OWNER, By Arielle Gray and Tim Watts. Proudly supported by Lotterywest.

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 for all ages 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 and animation, 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 (Australia).
Winner of 2019 Dora Award in the division of Theatre For Young Audiences - Outstanding Production (Canada).


“Watts and Gray’s storytelling art is deceptively simple but executed with considerable sophistication… New Owner sits perfectly in the timeless tradition of storytelling for children, and the child in all of us.” ★★★★ (The West Australian)
“Gray and Watts’s story offers something a little bit more sophisticated for kids than the brightly-coloured fare that they usually get served.” (Perth Arts Live)

Duration 50 mins | Recommended 7+
WARNING | Contains scenes of sadness and loss that may be upsetting for very small children.


(also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre)


Concession $18.00
Adult $ 22.00
Child $18.00
Family (2A + 2C) $17.50
Group of 6+ $20.00

New Owner Theatrical Trailer |

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Event date 
Friday, 24 April 2020 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Event location 

Esperance Civic Centre

Council Place
Esperance WA 6450
Event categories