2017 Senior Gecko Ensemble – Themes Archive

This is an archive post of our 2017 Senior Gecko Ensemble themes. If you’re looking for what’s coming up in Term Four or to enrol in a Senior Gecko Ensemble click or tap here.

Term 1: The Tourist

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-Douglas Adams

In Term 1, the Senior Geckos will be exploring the theme of The Tourist, based on UNESCO’s year of Sustainable Tourism For Development. Classes will use this as a point of departure to explore fundamental acting skills, based on the big ideas and challenges in the world around them.

Term 1 will also explore the question: What makes a great actor? The best actors seem effortlessly watchable, as if they were born to it. But talent is so much more than natural charisma. It can be learned. The great acting teacher Stella Adler says “your talent lies in your choices”. This term Senior Geckos will explore acting from the ground up, learning how to be truly present as an actor and create thrilling and unique performances.

Term 1 is a process term. This means classes are focused on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of performance through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

RELATED STORY: The Tourists – Matt Edgerton

Term 2:  A Focus on Performance – Shakepeare

This term Barking Gecko Ensembles are all about Shakespeare!

Whether diving into Shakespeare’s best loved stories, creating big bold characters, or brushing up a monologue for an audition, there will be something in this term for everyone. The Senior Geckos will be exploring the skills an actor needs to tackle the greatest texts ever written and bring them to life in their own unique interpretations.

This is a performance-focussed term, so the term’s work will culminate in a short showing to family and friends.

Term 3: Supernatural Stories

Term three at Barking Gecko is all about the spirit world. Barking Gecko is developing a play about ghosts, so everything this term is focussed on the spirit world.

Term three is a process term: This means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

Over a period of nine sessions, young people in the Senior Gecko Ensembles will explore the theme of Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural, in a fun environment where their ideas are valued. This will culminate in a short showing of work in process (not a fully rehearsed performance) to share what they have been working on. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

2017 Junior Gecko Ensembles – Themes archive

This is an archive of what we covered in previous terms in 2017 in the Junior Gecko Ensembles. Term Four topics and content are now online here.

Term 1:  The Tourist

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-Douglas Adams

A big part of growing up is discovering that every place and person is unique. In honour of UNESCO’s international year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, term one will see Junior Gecko Ensembles becoming imaginative tourists, exploring our beautiful and surprising world. Junior geckos will play with big, exciting questions about who they are and how they can share our extraordinary planet. The term will be based around Constance Orbeck-Nilssen’s acclaimed book Why Am I Here?

Term one will be all about building skills that Junior Geckos need in order to perform with confidence and relish. Young people will develop improvisation skills by learning to listen and respond in the moment. Vocal exercises will develop their breath support and confidence in speaking. Physical exercises will develop the range of characters they can embody. A fun and dynamic acting boot camp.

Term 1 is a process term. This means classes are focused on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of performance through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

RELATED STORY: The Tourists – Matt Edgerton

Term 2:  A Focus on Performance – A Focus on Shakespeare

This term Barking Gecko Ensembles are all about Shakespeare!

The Junior Geckos will be building their own unique performance out of Shakespeare’s unforgettable language, amazing characters and ripping yarns. Vocal and physical gymnastics are the order of the day, as our Junior Geckos get their mouths around Shakespeare’s language and transform their bodies to create bold and exciting characters!

This is a performance-focussed term, so the term’s work will culminate in a short showing to family and friends.

Term 3: Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural

Term 3 at Barking Gecko is all about the spirit world. Barking Gecko is developing a play about ghosts, so everything this term is focussed on the spirit world.

Term 3 is a PROCESS term: This means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

Journey of the term: Over a period of nine sessions, young people in Gecko Ensembles will explore the theme of Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural, in a fun environment where their ideas are valued. This will culminate in a short showing of work in process (not a fully rehearsed performance) to share what they have been working on. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

2017 Little Gecko Ensemble – Themes archive

This is an archive of what we covered in previous terms in 2017 in the Little Gecko Ensembles. Term Four topics and content are now available here.

Term 3: Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural

Term 3 at Barking Gecko is all about the spirit world. Barking Gecko is developing a play about ghosts, so everything this term is focussed on the spirit world.

Term 3 is a process term: This means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

Over a period of nine sessions, Little Gecko Ensembles will explore the theme of Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural, in a fun environment where their ideas are valued. This will culminate in a short showing of work in process (not a fully rehearsed performance) to share what they have been working on. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

Term 2:  A Focus on Performance – You’re never to young for Shakespeare

This term Barking Gecko Ensembles are all about Shakespeare!

The Little Geckos’ window into Shakespeare will be through Gregory Rogers’ beautifully illustrated books The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard and A Midsummer Knight. Through a series of age-appropriate activities, the classes will explore Shakespeare’s wonderful imagined worlds, stunning stories, peerless language and unforgettable characters.

This is a performance-focussed term, so the term’s work will culminate in a short showing to family and friends.

Term 1: The Tourist

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-Douglas Adams

A big part of growing up is discovering that every place and person is unique. In honour of UNESCO’s international year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, term one will see Little Gecko Ensembles becoming imaginative tourists, exploring our beautiful and surprising world. Little Geckos will play with big, exciting questions about who they are and how they can share our extraordinary planet. The term will be based around Constance Orbeck-Nilssen’s acclaimed book Why Am I Here?

This term is all about using high quality literature to immerse children in rich and joyful imagined worlds. Through carefully structured drama activities, children will develop their physical, vocal and imaginative expression and learn to listen and respond appropriately in a drama environment.

Term 1 is a process term. This means classes are focused on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of performance through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

RELATED STORY: The Tourists – Matt Edgerton

Gecko Ensembles, New Term, New Beginnings

Hi, I’m Hannah and I’m Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s new Education Manager.

The children who joined us for their first ever Gecko Ensemble on Saturday weren’t the only ones having their first Gecko Ensembles experience. It was my first day too.  Never have I seen smiles so big and bright from both our Teaching Artists and Geckos. One of my favourite memories of the day was one of our first time Little Geckos, who at just five years old did not turn around to say a final goodbye to Mum and Dad and instead walked into the theatre with such confidence and assurance – we may have a real show stopper in our hands I think.

This term we are exploring the works of William Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Macbeth. Every Gecko Ensemble whether Little, Junior or Senior will have an encounter with Shakespeare. We’ve crafted programs that let everyone have a taste of the fantastic language and storytelling that Shakespeare offers.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with our five ensembles at the University of Western Australia where “Thou foot-licker” was the phrase of the day. Exercises from both our Little and Senior Geckos were incredibly well received as our Geckos jumped enthusiastically into the world of Shakespeare. The volume of giggles coming from both Ensembles I think playing with Shakespeare’s insults may be a favourite warm up for the term.

I have heard only fantastic things from Teaching Artists Anna and Stevie at Kalamunda and Koorliny and Subiaco. I received some absolutely fantastic photos from Teaching Artists Rani up in Broome that brought an instant smile to my face, showing just how accessible Shakespeare is at all ages.

I am so excited to have joined the Gecko team and very much look forward to meeting everyone throughout the term. If you would like to talk about your enrolments or your child’s progress during the term please contact me via email or call the office 6212 9399.