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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 now in Midland at the Midland Junction arts Centre. Regional Junior Gecko Ensembles are available at the Broome Civic Centre and in Toodyay . The Gecko Ensemble program is expanding look out for new venues opening up in the Perth metropolitan and WA regional areas.

Term Four: The Future

The Term 4 theme for our Gecko Ensembles is The Future, in honour of our brand new play My Robot! Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by Matt Edgerton, My Robot will premiere this November at the State Theatre Centre, and is a perfect show for families with children in the Little and Junior Gecko age groups.

It is always important for our professional theatre work to be in concert with our ensemble programming and so all Gecko Ensembles will explore the wonderful potential this theme offers with content tuned to each group’s age and experience. Junior Geckos will explore some fantastic texts that will inspire them to ask big questions about The Future they will inhabit including: The Iron Man and The Iron Woman by legendary poet Ted Hughes.

Term 4 is a PERFORMANCE term meaning we are focussed on applying the fundamental elements of acting and working towards a more fully rehearsed performance outcome. Over a period of nine sessions, young people will explore the theme of The Future. This will culminate in a short rehearsed performance for friends and family. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to devise, rehearse and perform work that is meaningful to them. The habits of mind remain the same across this term. The four skills are all about creating theatre and performing it with presence.

Looking for what we got up to in previous terms? We cleaned this page up a bit but you can still read about the content of those terms here.

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.

New in Term Four Midland Juntion Arts Centre – Midland

Dates – Term Four Saturday 21 October – 16 December, 2017
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm
Venue Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland
Cost $200 or $165.60 with early bird special* – Special introductory price. 

The University of Western Australia

Dates – Term Four Saturday 14 October – 9 December, 2017
Times 9 – 10.30am
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 Four Saturday 14 October – 9 December, 2017
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 Four Saturday 14 October – 9 December, 2017
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm
Venue Koorliny Arts Centre, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost $200 or $165.60 with early bird special*

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre

Dates – Term Four Saturday 14 October – 9 December, 2017
Times 11am – 12.30pm
Venue Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre,48 Canning Rd, Kalamunda
Cost $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*

Subiaco Arts Centre

Dates – Term Four – Wednesday 11 October – 6 December, 2017 – CLASS FULL. Please contact our Education Manager at hannah.smith@barkinggecko.com.au.
Times 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco
Cost $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*



Dates – Term Four Saturday 21 October  – 16 December, 2017
Times 9 – 10.30am
Venue Broome Lotteries House
Cost $200 or $184 with early bird special*

Toodyay in association with Toodyay Theatre Group

Dates -Term Four Tuesday 10 October – 5 December, 2017
Times Tuesday, 4.00-5.30pm
Venue Toodyay Memorial Hall
Costs $200 or $184 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available until 26 September 2017.

Term Four 2017 Gecko Ensembles enrolments are closed. To make sure you find out when enrolments open, complete the form below
  • 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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