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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.

Recommended for children aged 7+ as it contains scenes of sadness and loss that may be upsetting for very small children.

Awards

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).

Reviews

“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)

“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)

“A wordless production, this deeply moving tale of loss and new hope is loaded with magical moments. Watts and Gray are superb observers, and whether the dogs are snuffling for food or getting ready for bed, their movements are uncannily true-to-life.” (Pelican Magazine)

“Treat yourself to this year’s best COMPLETE production and catch this magnificent show.” (Independent Theatre Association)

“This very sensitively told story will charm audiences of all ages.” (Stage Whispers).

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