Thursday, November 17 2016

Welcome to 2017!

Artistic Director's Notes, General
Photo by: Jon Green

My favourite moment during last year’s Barking Gecko shows was when a six year old girl sitting in front of me turned to her friend and said, with a massive grin, “I am so scared right now!” That heady mixture of delight and terror, distilled for me in an instant, why I love my job. It’s often said that the theatre is a safe place to explore dangerous ideas. But what is sometimes forgotten in that neat equation, is just how much fun this can be. To enter a theatre and be taken by the hand by those most wonderful and mischievous of creatures – actors – and be led somewhere new, scary, inspiring and altogether unfamiliar! That is an adventure that can be had nowhere else.

So this next year we are going on adventures to many new and exciting places, but perhaps the most exciting place is where all these journeys begin. We are already stretching our toes at the State Theatre Centre of WA as a resident company and we are incredibly excited to have you visit us in our beautiful new home.

We begin the year with Saltbush, an exhilarating, immersive digital journey for children who are led through stunning indigenous artworks and introduced to traditional dance and music from one of the world’s oldest living cultures. A very special work that will ignite conversations with those you love, both large and small.

And our newest work My Robot takes us on a technological trip into the future, with a real, functioning onstage robot! We gathered data for this show from a sparky group of 5-7 year olds whose creative input blew our circuits. Anything can happen, and anything will!

And our journeys are not just imaginary. From our home at the State Theatre Centre of WA, Barking Gecko is touring the world. Bambert, the tiny man with the huge imagination will set sail again. Our Helpmann Award winning production of Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories is packing its bags for its European and Australian tours.

Want to get involved? Our Gecko Ensembles are year-round drama classes for all ages! Last year our Gecko Ensembles grew to five locations around the state, including our first regional Ensemble in Broome. We are ranging further afield in the coming year, with Ensembles popping up across Perth and the state. Full of thrilling learning experiences, this year the Gecko Ensembles are mucking about with robots, ripping into Shakespeare and learning how to devise plays of their own. It’s going to be brilliant.

So come with us on our adventure this year. This is your state children’s theatre company and we want you along for the ride. Whether it’s seeing our shows, learning something new at our Living Lectures or getting creative in our Gecko Ensembles. We can’t wait to see you at the theatre.