Join a Gecko Ensemble and Win your way to Scitech’s Fringe World Family Night!

Theatre and Science collide at Scitech for Fringe World!

For the first time ever Scitech will be a Fringe World venue and they’re hosting a one-night-only family event showcasing enthralling sciencey-theatrical-shows and their latest exhibitions on Friday 29 January.

Check out the event on Scitech’s Website.
There’s a Facebook event too.

We think it’ll be a great night for you and your family and so we’d like to offer you the chance to win a family pass for free!

The Prize:

One Family Pass to Scitech Family Night a Fringe World event on January 29, 2016 beginning at 5:30pm. A Family Pass can be either 2 Adult tickets and 2 Child ($76 value) tickets OR 1 Adult ticket and 3 Child tickets ($70 value). We will ask the winner which they prefer.

Here’s How:

  1. Enrol in a Little, Junior or Senior  Gecko Ensemble at Koorliny Arts Centre Kwinana, Subiaco Arts Centre or UWA before Midnight on 26 January.
  2. On the enrolment form tick the option to enter the draw.
  3. On January 27 we will select a winner at random from the list of enrolments.
  4. We will contact the winner and ensure your tickets are available for collection prior to the event.

Questions and stuff:

If you’ve enrolled in an ensemble prior to the opening of this competition we will include you in the draw automatically. If you do not wish to be included please let us know via email.

A family pass can be either 2 adult and 2 child tickets OR 1 adult and 3 Child tickets. This choice will be at the winner’s discretion.

We will need to share the winner’s contact information with Scitech, we won’t share any other information.

The winner will be determined by random selection.

If we contact a winner and they are unavailable to attend we will conduct a redraw.

The event is hosted and presented by Scitech and Fringe World not Barking Gecko Theatre Company. Information about the event and any changes should be sought from Scitech.

Our general terms & conditions are available here.




2016 Season Launch: We’re On

Tuesday 12 January 2016, guests including the the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan Member for Perth, Duncan Ord, Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts and Mr Torsten Ketelsen, the Honorary Consul of Germany, gathered at the delightful Bells Functions in Barrack Square overlooking the river and Elizabeth Quay to hear about our onstage and creative learning programs for 2016.

Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights in case you missed it.

We began with an unique welcome to country from Olman Walley who surprised everyone by busting into some beatboxing on his dige! A totally joyous opening to the “speechy bit.”

Duncan Ord reminded us of the place Barking Gecko occupies in the national cultural fabric and that he was one of the first people to spot the talent of our A.D. Matt by giving him his first professional gig some years ago.

The show stopping moment belonged to Woodside’s Roger Martin who announced that his company were continuing their support of our little company for another four years! There were genuine cheers from the crowd. It was a great moment that reflects what can be achieved through great partnerships between the corporate and creative sector. Thank you Woodside.

2016 is going to be a big year in creative learning. Our Gecko Ensemble program has been comprehensively overhauled by our Education Manager, Christie Sistrunk, A.D. Matt Edgerton and overseen by our Honorary Scholar Professor Robyn Ewing, A.M. Matt announced how our new programs will integrate more closely with our onstage work and provide children with a more structured developmental pathway.

The Gecko Ensemble program is expanding. Starting from February Ensembles will be available at Subiaco Arts Centre and  Koorliny Arts Centre and for the first time at the University of Western Australia.

From Term Two we’ll open our first hills Ensemble in Kalamunda and our first regional Ensemble in Broome! Our goal is to have Gecko Ensembles in 20 venues over the next two years.

Matt also announced a new project for young people who are serious about a career in performance: The Young Actors Company. This will be an audition based program for older teenagers and will commence in the second half of 2016.

Onto the shows!

The Rabbits opens at the Sydney Festival on 14 January and will run until 24 January. The reviews have been amazing for this award winning show. We wish everyone the best for this season, especially Kate Miller-Heidke who is expecting her first child!

Our first show in Perth this year will also be a World Premiere and will open on 8 April at Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre. Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories is an adaptation of Reinhardt Jung’s internationally lauded novella and is an exquisitely theatrical adaption by Luke Kerridge and Dan Giovannoni. Tickets are onsale right now, find out more here.

Our second work of the year was created by ATYP and is toured by Performing Lines, Sugarland is for teenagers and was created through a series of residencies in Katherine, NT. It shows life through teenage eyes and will change anyone who sees it. The show has a very limited season in Perth and we plan to celebrate every moment by bringing in some of WA’s  best young bands to the State Theatre Centre to make the experience unforgettable.

Finally, a very special, new work for our youngest audiences. In a Dark Dark Wood, written by Caleb Lewis and directed by Matt Edgerton reimagines some of Grimm’s classic fairy tales and asks the question “what if there was a place where magic was still real?” This work is designed to tour and will visit a number of Perth metro venues before heading out to regional centres.

…and that’s our year! We hope to see you in an Ensemble and in the audience in 2016.