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Weekly drama sessions take place in a joyful, safe and supportive environment where young people are encouraged to take creative risks and explore the full extent of their expressive potential through drama.
Content is age-appropriate and helps to develop self-expression, self-confidence, empathy and literacy and performance skills. Performance outcomes at the end of each term give parents and friends an insight into the fabulous work our Gecko Ensembles have been exploring.
Our Ensembles are taught by the finest teaching artists in Western Australia. Our Teaching Artist’s are all industry professionals who are passionate about working with young people and extending their minds and imagination.
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Anna has enjoyed a long history working with Barking Gecko, both acting and running workshops. For Barking Gecko she has performed in My Space Too, Magnasonic, Danny In Trouble, Silverfish, Frog Opera, Way Home, The Troll From The Bowl, Two Unreal Stories and Actors At Work (Bell Shakespeare collaboration), and conducted workshops in both metropolitan and rural areas.
She loves being able to share acting tools that create a structure for the imagination and creativity of young people.
Christie completed the Diploma of Performing Arts at WAAPA and Bachelor of the Arts in Education at the Edith Cowan during her 20+ year career, she has enjoyed working for major theatre companies across Australia and TV roles on Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Lockie Leonard just to name a few.
“I love being a gecko because they are cute and can climb walls… viewing the world from a very unique perspective.”
Damon was nominated for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2006 Equity Guild Awards for the role of Mugsy in Patrick Maber’s Dealer’s Choice (Perth Theatre Company/ Red Ryder Production). Other credits include; Hot Dogs, His Majesty’s New Clothes and Pri-mates by Barking Gecko Theatre, Aquasapiens, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Prince by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Damon is a founding member of the improvisational group, The Big Hoo Haa!
Georgia is an actor, theatre maker, producer and educator. Acting roles include THE ONE by Jeffrey Jay Fowler, Scent Tales, Glengarry Glen Ross, Public Space, Second Hands, The Little Mermaid, Fat Pig and Giving Up The Ghosts. She has been nominated for Equity Guild/PAWA Awards four times and Best Individual Performance The Blue Room Theatre Awards twice.
I love working with the Little Geckos. Working with kids reminds me how important it is to play and it really informs the work I make for children and families.
Mararo is a Kenyan born writer, performer and media graduate, with a passionate interest in diverse forms of story telling. He believes in the strength and importance of storytelling; and is attracted to stories that deal with struggles of this generation, and the challenges we encounter in an age of propaganda and myths that continue to perpetuate hatred, ignorance and selfishness.
To be a Gecko to me means; ‘To have an open mind, open ears and open eyes to learn from all to tell stories that build bridges rather than walls’.
Michelle has worked at Pegasus Theatre where she was the Youth Arts Team Leader and developed new creative learning programs to enable theatre, community and school-based learning through the arts. She also worked with Oxford Youth Theatre for 8 years as a tutor-director, making theatre for and with young people aged 6 to 26.
Stevie is a director, cinematographer, photographer & editor.
She was recently nominated for Best Director at the 2016 WA Screen Awards. Her first feature film “Pulse”, for which she was director, cinematographer & a key producer had it’s International Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2017.
Mark has over 20 years experience as a performer, musician, writer, director and educator both nationally and internationally. Many of these experiences were devised projects. Mark is the founder of Whiskey & Boots and his current performance focus is storytelling with music.
Most recently Mark was seen in THE ONE by Jeffrey Jay Fowler as part of Perth Fringeworld (2017 Fringe World Blaz Award, Melbourne Tour Ready Award, WA Arts Editor Award), The Subiaco Theatre Festival and the Melbourne Fringe and was a performer in Perth Theatre Companies White Rabbit Red Rabbit.
Q: When do Enrolments open?
Enrolments open online 6 weeks prior to the first class of the term. All ensembles are aligned to the WA school calendar which means the first week of the school term is also the first week for ensembles
Q: What’s the early bird enrolment period?
The early bird period opens when enrolments open each term and closes two weeks before the week of first class. Our most popular Gecko Ensembles fill early and we really don’t want people to be disappointed by a discovering their favourite class is already full. Book early and save!
Q: When do enrolments close?
We hold enrolments open until after the second class of each term, where an Ensemble group is not full. Gecko Ensembles build week by week throughout the term, starting later than the third class puts the student a little too far behind to catch up.
Q: What if something goes wrong or I can’t use the online enrolment form?
If in doubt, give us a call on (08) 6212 9399 during business hours and we’ll help you through the process.
Q: Can I enrol my child for just one term?
Yes. Term programs are discrete. You can do as many or as few terms each year as you like. Gecko Ensembles are also great places for your children to make friends and sometimes that means they’ll want to every term. Some children have other commitments such as sport and so choose to do drama with us for some terms but not every term of the year.
Q: Can I do a trial class?
Unfortunately we cannot offer a trial class. Ensembles are a term-long process that culminates in a showing at the end of term. Trial classes and drop ins throughout the term are not conducive to the workflow of the groups as they learn. However, if a child is enrolled in a Gecko Ensemble and finds that they do not wish to continue after a week or two then we will refund the rest of the term fee less an admin fee and the weeks attended.