Barking Gecko Theatre Company

WELCOME TO BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY

 

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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

Book term 2 Gecko ensembles by Friday 10 April
to receive a $20 Early Bird Discount!

Call to book today (08) 9380 3080 or email gecko@barkinggecko.com.au

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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.

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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Colin Thiele’s
STORM BOY

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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