Image by Jon Green

Duck, Death and the Tulip
By Wolf Erlbruch
Adapted and Directed for the stage by John Sheedy

Inspired by the picture book Duck, Death and the Tulip by award winning German illustrator and author, Wolf Erlbuch, this production offered a thoughtful, tender and intriguing perspective on a sensitive subject not often explored in children’s theatre.

“Who are you? Why are you creeping along behind me?”
“Good. You’ve finally noticed me,” said Death. “I am Death.”
Duck was scared stiff. You could hardly blame her for that.

Barking Gecko’s stunning adaptation featured a live orchestra composing an original score bringing to life the story of Duck, Death and the Tulip in an elegant, straight forward and, above all, life-affirming way.


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Creative Team

Adapter & Director John Sheedy
Set & Costume Designer 
Alicia Clements
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Sound Designer
Kingsley Reeve
Digital Designer
Chris More
Musical Director
Tristen Parr

Production & Stage Manager Genevieve Jones
Rosie Hodge


George Shevtsov
Ella Hetherington

Rachael Aquilina
Callum Moncrieff
Christopher de Groot
Aaron Wyatt