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180 Hamersley Rd,
Subiaco, 6008
Phone: 08 9380 3080
Fax: 08 9380 3099

Barking Gecko Theatre Company Ensembles

How to Register
We look forward to seeing you explore your creativity and learn bold new skills all while having a great time and meeting new people.

To join a Barking Gecko Ensemble please call
08 9380 3080 and ask for Christie or Renee

or send an email to gecko@barkinggecko.com.au

Age Groups
At Subiaco Arts Centre

Little Geckos Ensemble for people 6-8 years old.
Junior Geckos Ensemble for people 9-12 years old.
Senior Geckos Ensemble
for people 13-17 years old.

At Koorliny

Gecko Ensemble Ages 7-10

Gecko Ensemble Ages 11-13

Ensemble Times and Locations
Ensembles take place throughout the school term.
Term 2 ensembles start on 29 April!
You can join an after school or Saturday morning ensemble.
Ensembles rehearse at either Subiaco Arts Centre
or Koorliny Arts Centre
Pricing
At Subiaco Arts Centre
Little Geckos Ensemble$290
Junior Gecko Ensemble $290
Senior Geckos Ensemble$380

At Koorliny Arts Centre

Gecko Ensemble 7-10 $180
Gecko Ensemble 11-13 $180

July School holiday Workshops

Two and Three Day Workshops at Subiaco and Koorliny.
We're taking booking now. Find out more below

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Two Day Theatre Making Workshops at Subiaco Arts Centre 6 -7 July, 2015
Two Day Theatre Making Workshops at Koorliny Arts House, Thursday July 16 - Friday 17 July, 2015
When: Monday July 6 - Tuesday 7 July, 2015
Time: 9am - 3pm
Venue: Subiaco Performing Arts Centre
Cost: $250 / $220 Early bird rate if paid by Friday 29 June 2015
To book call 08 9380 3081
When: Thursday July 16 - Friday 17 July, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm
Where: Koorliny Performing Arts Centre
Cost:$120 / $110 Early bird rate if paid by Friday 29 June 2015
To Book call 08 9380 3081
Check out the exciting programmes in the two day workshops at Subiaco Arts Centre this July, below.
Check out the exciting programmes in the two day workshops programme at Koorliny Arts House this July, below.
RECYCLED TALES (7 - 12 year olds)

In this exciting drama workshop, participants will actively transform well known tales into performance using improvisation, voice and character building exercises and enjoy creating musical instruments from recycled objects to underscore their “recycled tales” to be performed for family on the final day of the workshop.

MAGIC 'WHAT IF?' (7 - 10 years)

Asking what if puts participants creative responses centre stage. Participants develop dynamic and entertaining characters by answering this powerful question in new, and often predictable, circumstances. The workshop culminates in a devised performance for family and friends.

G TALES (13 - 16 year olds)

Off the page onto the stage! This workshop is perfect for those wanting to extend their skills and knowledge, get inspiration for their WACE original solo performances or simply to have some spine-tingling fun! Participants will explore story elements, styles of narration and ways to create characters with unique physical and vocal traits. Be inspired by classic gothic tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Grimm Brothers, Mary Shelly & Bram Stoker. The whole family can enjoy their creations on the final day of the workshop.

IMPROV MANIA! (11 - 14 year olds)

Unleashing the imaginations and the actor inside, this workshop fast-tracks acting skills, while making new friends these school holidays. Barking Gecko Theatre Company's expert teaching artists lead participants through a dynamic range of improvisation activities to inspire spontaneity, collaboration and spark the imagination. Participants will enjoy sharing skills and stories with family in a performance on the final day of the workshop.

THREE DAY FILM MAKING WORKSHOPS AT SUBIACO ARTS CENTRE 8 - 10 JULY, 2015
THREE DAY FILM MAKING WORKSHOPS AT KOORLINY ARTS HOUSE, MONDAY JULY 13 – WEDNESDAY 15, 2015
When: Wednesday July 8 – Friday 10 July, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm
Venue: Subiaco Performing Arts Centre
Cost: $350 / $320 Early bird rate if paid by Friday 29 June 2015
To book call 08 9380 3081
When: Monday July 13 – Wednesday 15, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm
Where: Koorliny Performing Arts Centre
Cost: $180 / $160 Early bird rate if paid by Friday 29 June 2015
To Book call 08 9380 3081
Check out the exciting three day workshops programmes at Subiaco Arts Centre this July, below.
Check out the exciting three day workshops programmes at Koorliny Arts Centre this July, below.
ONCE UPON A TIME (8 - 12YRS)


Explore the world’s unknown stories, filled with babbling princess, sleeping princes and fierce dragons. Learn how to recreate these stories for film in this exciting 3day film-making workshop, culminating in a screening for family and friends on the final day of the workshop. All participants will also receive copies of their films at completion of the workshop.

KA-POW! (7 -10YEARS)

Be a superhero, sidekick or villain as you learn about acting for screen, developing story and storyboarding. Family and friends are invited on the final day of the workshop to join us for some superstar – superhero – screenings and all participants will receive a copy of their film at completion of the workshop.

TWISTED! (13 – 15YEARS)

A workshop that is ideal for young people wanting to experience something new, harness their storytelling prowess and gain some screen-acting experience. Students will learn tools to manipulate plot, build unique characters and embrace the unexpected as familiar tales are twisted to create quirky short films. Copies of the films will be sent to all participants, who will also enjoy a screening with family on the final day of the workshop.

ZOMBIE MANIA! (11-14 YEARS)

``Face them, fight them or run away the choice is yours!`` Create short zombie films in this exciting 3 day film-making workshop. Participants will learn how to create their own special effects zombie make-up, how to walk, mumble and think like a zombie or zombie hunter. Family and friends prepare for some spooky screenings and take a copy of their film home.

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Established in 1985 as Acting Out, re-named Barking Gecko Theatre Company in 1994, Barking Gecko is a locally cherished, nationally significant professional theatre company specialising in creating productions for young people.

Why children's theatre? Once something is seen, it cannot be unseen. Theatre is where minds are broadened and empathy is practiced.

Our Vision is to make transformational theatre that empowers audiences to embrace the world and their future in it.

Whatever the scale of a Barking Gecko production, when it comes to children and the performing arts we have a very simple, but big idea: the smallest deserve the finest.

Based in the Subiaco Arts Centre, BGTC presents on average two to four productions annually. From time to time Barking Gecko may host exceptional theatre from other companies from interstate or overseas alongside our own productions.

Beyond Barking Gecko's creative ambitions as an artistic entity, it is mindful of its place as a leading Western Australian arts organisation. Our position and expertise challenge us to promote the place of theatre in the lives of young people through our programmes, advocacy and networks. Barking Gecko provides experiences for audiences, but we also help build creative capacity amongst the individuals with which we interact. We expand the traditional role of theatre as a place for discussion of the important ideas of the day and ensure children and young people participate in the conversation.

In 2015, Barking Gecko productions and programmes will travel Perth to Port Hedland, Kwinana to Kalgoorlie, from Wollongong to Wellington, Margaret River to Melbourne and reach over 35,000 people.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our partners:

Development Partner

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Government Partners

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Storm Boy Western Australian Touring Partner

Regional Touring Partner

Print Media Partner

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Thank You

to all our generous and inspiring donors.

Commissioning Circle Donors

The Commissioning Circle enables Barking Gecko to develop new work of exceptional artists. Financial support is used to commission writers, hold creative developments, support emerging artists, encourage exploration and gives great creativity the best chance to take flight.

Love new stories? Please join us in the Commissioning Circle.

Tim & Leonie Baldock

Catherine Cole

Nicholas & Mary Creed

Dr Dennis Gregory

Dilato Investments Pty Ltd

The Girgensohn Foundation

On behalf of Harry & Hugo Hristofski

Paul & Jo O'Farrell

The Rasmussen Family

Steve Scudamore and Anne Last

Margaret Sommerville

Professor Fiona Stanley AC

Vanderboom-Evans Family

Geoff Walker & Jenny Geisker

Glenn Whiddon

Mary Ann Wright

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

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Donors

Barrett Casting P/L

Henry Boston

Jim Cathcart

Lynne & Ross Chapman

Wayne & Eleanor Cooper

The Crocker Bisset Family

Marion & Glenn Croft

Nerida Dickinson

Steve Hogden & Monique Beaudoire

Helen Hristofski (Senior)

Megan Keep

Peter Kift

Karen Macdonald

Helen Ritter

John Sheedy & Andre Lima

Fiona Symonds

Beverley Webb

Andrew Wong

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BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Matt Edgerton has been appointed as Artistic Director of Barking Gecko Theatre Company and will commence at the beginning of August 2015. He will be the fifth Artistic Director in the Company’s vibrant 30-year history.
A WAAPA graduate and a Churchill Fellow, Edgerton comes to BGTC as a highly regarded director, performer and arts educator with over 15 years experience of making theatre for young people.
Widely recognised as a strong creative leader, he has worked across a diverse range of exceptional Australian companies including Bell Shakespeare, Ensemble Theatre, Poetry in Action, Sport for Jove, Monkey Baa Theatre and WAAPA, making and touring professional theatre work to every state and territory of Australia.
Says Edgerton:
“I’m thrilled to be taking on the artistic leadership of Barking Gecko, a great local theatre company that has grown into a cultural icon of national standing over its proud 30-year history. In this time the company has forged a reputation for surprise – making striking, unique and wildly entertaining theatre for children and families. I can’t imagine a more exciting challenge than telling stories that fire the imaginations of our youngest theatregoers, inspiring a curiosity about the world and hopefully a lifetime of empathy, creative exploration and love of the arts.
There’s nowhere I’d rather be working in the coming years. I intend to continue serving our audiences with humane, compelling and exciting stories. I believe that to thrive a theatre company needs to set the highest standards for it artists, expecting them to engage deeply with our diverse community, to be rigorous and playful and daring and to make the finest art possible. In the coming years we will continue to make compelling and unique main-stage works that tour nationally, and to partner with other great companies to produce those works. We will use our expanding creative learning programmes to engage with metropolitan, regional and remote communities in new ways that nurture and grow the next generation of storytellers. We will continue to make work that surprises and delights audience of all ages.
I am thrilled to be working with Helen and the exceptional team at Barking Gecko to realise that vision and ensure that the company remains locally cherished and nationally significant.”
“The Board is excited at the appointment of Matt,” says Barking Gecko Chair, Patria Jafferies. “Barking Gecko has such a rich history, we look forward to working with him to see where he takes the company next, building on the exceptional artistic legacy of his predecessors.”
“Matt is a wonderful artist,” said Helen Hristofski, CEO. “He is a brilliant storyteller, possesses a nimble theatrical mind and is known as a gifted communicator. Matt’s range of skills and experience from working on main-stages right through to Indigenous communities is astonishing. Matt’s vision for Barking Gecko and his passion for young audiences is inspiring and together we’ll turn that vision into reality.”
Matt Edgerton will commence on 3 August 2015.

The Rabbits

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In this world premiere, John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits is brought to life as a new work of operatic theatre for adults and children alike. This is a story of hope in the face of colonisation, displacement and despair. While the world in The Rabbits is imaginary, its parallels with our own are eerily recognisable, causing us to question the constructs of modern life: society, culture, environment … the essence of humanity.

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Storm Boy

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A runaway hit in 2013, this collaboration with Sydney Theatre Company is a vivid stage adaptation of Colin Thiele’s much-loved story. In 2015, it’s back for a very limited encore season.

Storm Boy's evocation of a far-away windy beach and bittersweet message about growing up has enthralled children and adults alike for decades.

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The Witches

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Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a front-­‐row seat for The Witches, bursting onto the stage as a mind-­‐boggling and madcap one-­‐man show. It’s theatre at its most mischievous, just in time for the Easter school holidays.

Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time.

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The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

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Martin is the new kid at school among a sea of unfamiliar faces. Sharon’s the class bully and she doesn’t like Martin one bit. Then Simon McGurk comes along. He’s wildly different to Martin, but they become the best of buddies. Until, one day, Martin does something that will poison their friendship forever.

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Barking Gecko Theatre Company presents Griffin Theatre Company’s

THE WITCHES

by Roald Dahl

Adapted for the stage by David Wood

Re-imagined by Lucas Jervies

‘an hour of pure, unbridled joy.’ - Herald Sun

Season 31 March – 12 April

Times 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 6.30pm various days

Venue Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Stage

Duration 50 minutes (no interval)

Suitable for ages 6+

School Matinees 1 - 2 April at 10am & 1pm

Students $15

One teacher free with every 10 students

Witches? With silly black hats and cloaks riding on broomsticks? No. They’re for fairy tales. Very tame. I’m talking of real witches.

When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice! It’s going to take smarts and sneakiness to stop them and not get squished in the process.

Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with Perth’s Scott Sheridan returning to run amok at the Subiaco Arts Centre during the school holidays.

DIRECTOR LUCAS JERVIES
DESIGNER HUGH O’CONNOR
DRAMATURG CHRIS SUMMERS
LIGHTING DESGINER & TOUR MANAGER PRODUCTION MANAGER CHRISTOPHER PAGE
SOUND DESIGNER NATE EDMONDSON
PERFORMER SCOTT SHERIDAN
Visit the Official Roald Dahl Website, which is packed with information as and up to date news from the World of Roald Dahl, by clicking through to www.roalddahl.com
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A Griffin Theatre Company production. The Witches was originally produced at NIDA in 2012 and co-designed by Becky-Dee Trevenen and Hugh O’Connor.  
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Smarter than Smoking Presents
Barking Gecko Theatre Company & Sydney Theatre Company's
STORM BOY

By Colin Thiele
Adapted for the stage by Tom Holloway

Directed by John Sheedy

``It was plain awesome.`` - Bill Blake (aged 8), Time Out (Sydney)
A runaway hit in 2013, this collaboration with Sydney Theatre Company is a vivid stage adaptation of Colin Thiele’s much-loved story. In 2015, it’s back for a very limited encore season.

Heralded by Crikey as “full of heart and soul”, Tom Holloway’s writing honours the spare, unadorned style of the original, while John Sheedy’s sensitive direction brings the characters, whether human or pelican, springing to life.

Storm Boy's evocation of a far-away windy beach and bittersweet message about growing up has enthralled children and adults alike for decades. Whether you missed out on tickets to its first season or want to introduce a new generation of children to the story, this is your chance to savour the wonder, sadness and hope of this home-grown classic.

Recommended for ages 6+

Creative Team

Director John Sheedy
Set, Costume and Puppet Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Puppetry Director Peter Wilson
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Sound Designer Kingsley Reeve
Assistant Director Scarlet McGlynn

CAST

Jimi Bani
Julian Garner
Otis Pavlovic
Kai Lewins
Phil Dean Walford
Anthony Mayor

Commissioning Patron: Gretel Packer
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MANDURAH
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Boardwalk
Opening Thu 2 Jul
Closing Sat 4 Jul
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PERTH
State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre
Opening Wed 8 Jul
Closing Sat 11 Jul
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NATIONAL TOUR
SYDNEY
Wharf Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company
Opening 24 April - 17 May

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WOLLONGONG
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, IBM Theatre
Opening Wed 20 May
Closing Sat 23 May

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GEELONG
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, The Playhouse Theatre
Opening Wed 27 May
Closing 30 May

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CANBERRA
Canberra Theatre Centre
Opening Wed 3 June
Closing Sat 6 June

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World Premiere

A Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Opera Australia co-production

In Association with West Australian Opera

Commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival

THE RABBITS

Based on the book written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan

Composed by Kate Miller-Heidke, Libretto by Lally Katz

Adapted and directed by John Sheedy

Musical director, musical arrangements and additional music by Iain Grandage

Designed by Gabriela Tylesova

Duration 60 minutes (no interval)

Suitable for ages 8+

Perth International Arts Festival Season 12 February – 17 February - SOLD OUT

State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre


Melbourne Festival

Season 9 – 13 October

Further information at the Melbourne Festival Website

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In this world premiere, John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits is brought to life as a new work of operatic theatre for adults and children alike. This is a story of hope in the face of colonisation, displacement and despair. While the world in The Rabbits is imaginary, its parallels with our own are eerily recognisable, causing us to question the constructs of modern life: society, culture, environment … the essence of humanity.

The Rabbits brings together an extraordinary Australian creative team. Award-winning vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke leads a cast of singers and musicians, performing her own compositions and Lally Katz’s enchanting libretto, with additional music from Iain Grandage.

COMPOSER KATE MILLER HEIDKE
LIBBRETIST LALLY KATZ
ADAPTOR & DIRECTOR JOHN SHEEDY
MUSIC IAIN GRANDAGE
DESIGNER GABRIELA TYLESOVA

This project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival; and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts. The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, was first published in Australia by Lothian Books and this opera is produced by arrangement with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd.

The Rabbits, written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan, was first published in Australia by Lothian Books and this opera is produced by arrangement with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd.

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A Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre production by arrangement with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk
Suitable 8+
Duration
50 minutes (no interval)
IN SCHOOL TOURING

Dates 3 – 21 August

Venue Requirement flat clear space approx. 12m x 8m

Cost Students $9 (Performance minimum $850, maximum students 100)

In schools touring bookings

Christie Sistrunk (08) 9380 3085 or

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Martin is the new kid at school among a sea of unfamiliar faces. Sharon’s the class bully and she doesn’t like Martin one bit. Then Simon McGurk comes along. He’s wildly different to Martin, but they become the best of buddies. Until, one day, Martin does something that will poison their friendship forever.

Directed by renowned international director Gill Robertson, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk examines the fragile nature of friendship in the schoolyard and how hard it can be to stay true to yourself and your friends.

A stunning success last year, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk is back

DEVISER ANDY MANLEY
DIRECTOR GILL ROBERTSON
WRITER ROB EVANS
SOUND DESIGNER DANNY KRASS
PERFORMER MARKO JOVANOVIC

A Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre co-production with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Catherine Wheels Theatre Company is supported by Creative Scotland.

IN THEATRE TOURING

Wellington New Zealand
16 – 21 March
Capital E Festival

Port Hedland

31 August, 4pm

Matt Dann Theatre

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Geraldton

4 September, 11am, 1pm

Queens Park Theatre

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Bunbury

8 September, 1pm, 6pm

Bunbury Entertainment Centre,/p>

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Margaret River

10 September, 1.30, 6.30pm

Arts Margaret River

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Kwinana

12 September, 11am, 1pm

Koorliny Arts Centre

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Thornlie

14 September, 1.30, 6pm

Don Russell Performing Arts Centre

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Kalgoorlie

16 & 17 September, 1pm, 6pm

Goldfields Arts Centre

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