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 with an expanding program that will see Little Gecko Ensembles appearing in more Perth metropolitan and WA regional venues.

Term 1: It’s a funny thing…

The Term 1 theme for our Gecko Ensembles is It’s a funny thing… The ancient Greeks had two masks representing theatre: one for tragedy and one for comedy. But in recent times comedy has often seen as the poor cousin of its more serious… cousin. So this term we’re slapping on the clown makeup, lacing up our gigantic shoes and pushing comedy right out into the spotlight. Term 1 is about laughter! Why do we laugh? What are funny stories for? How do they work? Why do we need them? And why are they so much fun to explore?

From Nonsense Poetry to the Lego Movie, we’ll be ripping into hilarious performances, staging comic stories, clowning and focussing on the joy in performance.

Term 1 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. We invite parents in at the end of term for an open rehearsal where they are able to see what the ensemble has been working on throughout the term. 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.

Looking for what we covered previously in 2017? We cleaned this page up a bit but you can still read about term topics 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.

The University of Western Australia

Dates  – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times  9 – 10.30am
Venues Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Octagon and Dolphin Theatres each week
Cost  $300 or $270.00 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available until 21 January, 2018.

Term One 2018 Gecko Ensembles enrolments are open.



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