Original Photo: Matt Biocich

Junior Gecko Ensembles are for people aged 8 -12 years

“The Junior Gecko Ensemble is a wonderful program that allows any child to release their inner creative abilities. To see your child glow with joy and confidence after a session is priceless. I highly recommend this program to all kids.”
– Parent of Junior Gecko Ensemble member 2016

The Junior Gecko Ensemble is the perfect place for participants to have fun and lose themselves in the joy of drama, while also refining social, emotional and creative skills. Ensemble members enjoy extending themselves as they learn more about the craft of acting, developing character, playmaking and script interpretation.

Junior Gecko Ensembles are very popular and are available at UWA, the Subiaco Arts Centre, Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana, the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre and the Broome Civic Centre. The Gecko Ensemble program is expanding look out for new venues opening up in the Perth metropolitan and WA regional areas.

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.

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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: Program Updates Coming Soon – Term 3 is a Process term

The second semester kicks off with a term that will focus on important skills that are required for a good performance. A process focused term that prepares children for performance in Term 4.

Term 4: Program Updates Coming Soon – Term 4 is a Performance focused Term 

Term 4 takes children from process to performance. Details of the course content will be made available when enrolments open.

Term programs are correct at the time of publication but may change during the year in response to changing circumstances or to better meet the needs of children enrolled in an Ensemble group. More details about individual Term programs will be made available when enrolments open for that term.

You can find a Junior Gecko Ensemble at the following venues.

Gecko Ensembles run every week of the school term, starting from week one of each term. Each term concludes with a showing for parents and friends at the last session of the term.

The University of Western Australia

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Venue UWA, Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres before each class
Cost $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 11 – 12.30pm
Venue UWA, Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres before each class
Cost $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*

Koorliny Arts Centre – Kwinana

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm – CLASS FULL
Venue Koorliny Arts Centre, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost $180 or $165.60 with early bird special*

Please contact our Education Manager Hannah Smith on 6212 9391 or hannah.smith@barkinggecko.com.au to be placed on the waitlist.

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 11am – 12.30pm
Venue Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre,48 Canning Rd, Kalamunda
Cost $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*

Broome in association with Broome Civic Theatre

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 9 – 10.30am
Venue Broome Civic Centre, 27 Weld St, Broome
Cost $200 or $184 with early bird special*

Subiaco Arts Centre

Dates – Term Two – Wednesday 26 April  – 21 June
Times 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco
Cost $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available from Tuesday 14 March 2016 until Tuesday 11 April 2017.

  • Can't find a Gecko Ensemble near to you? We're expanding the Gecko ensemble program and welcome your suggestions about which Perth suburb needs to host a Gecko Ensemble.
  • Our first Regional Gecko Ensemble is opening in Broome in Term two 2016. We plan to establish Gecko Ensembles in as many regional communities as possible. Let us know if you want to see us bring this program to the kids in your community.
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