NEW OWNER by Arielle Gray and Tim Watts NEW OWNER by Arielle Gray and Tim Watts

Event Details

EVENT UPDATE: Due to interstate COVID-19 lockdowns the production of NEW OWNER has been rescheduled to Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

Ticketholders for Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July will be contacted directly by our Ticketing team.


From the creators of international smash hits THE ADVENTURES OF ALVIN SPUTNIK: DEEP SEA EXPLORER and IT’S DARK OUTSIDE comes a sensitive 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)

Creators: Arielle Gray & Tim Watts

Performers: Rachel Woodward & Chloe Flockart

Design & Gadgets: Anthony Watts

Original Music Composition: Rachael Dease

Puppet Design & Construction: Chloe Flockart

International Creative Intern: Soren Hojgaard

Produced by The Last Great Hunt



This a COVID Safe event with limited audience capacity.

To ensure a comfortable and safe experience for our visitors and staff, we’ve introduced COVID-safe measures in line with the Victorian Government. When coming to this event, please adhere to:

• Registering your attendance for contact tracing purposes
• Face masks must be worn when indoors at our venues unless an exemption applies
• Practice good hygiene
• Bring your own water
• If feeling unwell or waiting for COVID test results, please do not attend

Venue capacity will be adjusted to adhere to the current Victorian guidelines.

Thank you so much for keeping us all safe and we can’t wait to see you at the theatre!


NEW OWNER was originally supported by the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright
Young Things, and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)’s new performance model. The Last Great Hunt is supported by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

This tour is made possible thanks to the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts Playing Australia Program.