Original Photo: Matt Biocich

Little Gecko Ensembles are for people aged 5 – 7 years

“I feel happy. I just do”
– Gecko Ensemble Member 2016

The Little Gecko Ensembles are all about learning through highly structured drama activities. Children develop confidence in their physical, vocal and imaginative expression through a series of exciting exercises in a creatively charged learning environment. Class sizes for Little Geckos are capped to a maximum of 16 to ensure individual attention on each child.

Little Gecko Ensembles are currently available at UWA and the Subiaco Arts Centre with an expanding program that will see Little Gecko Ensembles appearing in more Perth metropolitan and WA regional venues.

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.

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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 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.

Bookings for Term Two open 14 March.

The University of Western Australia

Dates  – Term Two – Saturday 29 April – 24 June, 2017
Times  9 – 10.30am
Venues Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Octagon and Dolphin Theatres each week
Cost  $290 or $266.80 with early bird special*

Subiaco Arts Centre – Little Gecko Ensemble

Dates – Term Two Tuesday 2 May – 20 June, 2017 – Note Term starts one week later due to the ANZAC Day public holiday
Times 3.30 – 5pm
Venue Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco
Cost   $258 or $237 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available from Tuesday 14 March 2017 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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