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Living Lecture

“The best part was being able to be so close to the performance, and seeing the expressions on the actors’ faces.” – Student, Living Lecture 2017

Barking Gecko Theatre’s Artistic Director Matt Edgerton has created this two-hour interactive session, combining compelling staging of key scenes from the play with detailed analysis of the language, historical context, performance history and big themes in the play.

A facilitator and a team of actors take students through the essential passages of the play, staging scenes with a combination of great respect for the text and an entertaining and inventive performance style. With a central focus on interpretive choices, the actors and facilitator will discuss characters, language forms, theatrical challenges and the specific demands of Shakespeare on the performer.

Living Lectures are dense, fast-paced and fun, leaving you and your students with a wealth of information and inspiration to unpack in the following weeks. Students experience a rich learning environment and an inspiring introduction to Shakespeare’s language and themes.

Please contact learning@barkinggecko.com.au or call (08) 6212 9399 with any questions and to book.

“It was a terrific learning opportunity for our students.” – Teacher, 2017 Living Lecture

A unit of learning incorporating Barking Gecko Theatre’s Living Lecture can complement your classroom activities in the following areas:


  • Voice and movement
  • Drama processes and the elements of drama
  • Drama forms and styles
  • Drama conventions
  • Values, forces and drama practice


  • Compare texts in a variety of contexts

English Literature

  • Compare and evaluate the form, language and content of literary texts
  • Create analytical texts
  • Create imaginative texts
  • Evaluate the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences and contexts
  • Evaluate and reflect on the ways in which literary texts can be interpreted

Please contact us via learning@barkinggecko.com.au or by phone (08) 6212 9399 if you would like more information or have suggestions that could improve the way our work integrates with your classroom practice.

Creative Team

Presenter: Matt Edgerton

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