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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 in Broome and Toodyay . The Gecko Ensemble program is expanding look out for new venues opening up in the Perth metropolitan and WA regional areas.

Term 2: A Mile in My Shoes

This term Gecko Ensembles across Perth and WA will be exchanging real life stories about their lives and the lives of people in their community. To see what it feels like in other people’s shoes. From country to city, desert to ocean, there are so many different experiences to explore!

Understanding others makes us great actors. But it also makes us great humans. At Barking Gecko we think that’s worth getting excited about. Come try on someone’s shoes and experience the world in a new way.

The term topic is closely aligned to our mainstage work. In June 2018, Barking Gecko will be premiering an exclusive schools season of A Ghost in My Suitcase at the State Theatre Centre. This play explores the experience of an Australian girl with Chinese heritage reconnecting with her ancestral culture.

Term 2 is a PERFORMANCE term: This means we are focussed on applying the fundamental elements of performance and working towards a more fully rehearsed performance outcome. Final showings are rehearsed and carefully prepared but can take many forms, including scripted plays, verbatim performances, readers theatre, devised work or forum theatre.

 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.

Midland Junction Arts Centre – Midland

Dates – Term Two Saturday 5 May – 23 June, 2018
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm
Venue Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland
Cost $180 or $162 with early bird special*

The University of Western Australia

Dates – Term Two Saturday 5 May – 23 June 2018
Times 9 – 10.30am
Venue UWA, Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres before each class
Cost $270 or $243 with early bird special*

Dates – Term Two Saturday 5 May – 23 June 2018
Times 11 – 12.30pm
Venue UWA, Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres before each class
Cost $270 or $243 with early bird special*

Koorliny Arts Centre – Kwinana

Dates – Term Two Saturday 5 May – 23 June 2018
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm
Venue Koorliny Arts Centre, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost $180 or $162 with early bird special*

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre

Dates – Term Two Saturday 5 May – 23 June 2018
Times 11am – 12.30pm
Venue Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre,48 Canning Rd, Kalamunda
Cost $270 or $243 with early bird special*

Subiaco Arts Centre

Dates – Term Two Wednesday 2 May –  June, 2018
Times 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco
Cost $300 or $270 with early bird special*



Dates – Term Two Saturday 5 May – 23 June 2018
Times 9 – 10.30am
Venue Goolarri Media, Gimme Bar
Cost $180 or $162 with early bird special*

Toodyay in association with Toodyay Theatre Group

Dates – Term Two Tuesday 1 May – 19 June, 2018
Times Tuesday, 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue Toodyay Memorial Hall
Costs $180 or $162 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available until 23 April 2018.

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