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A Ghost in My Suitcase

By Gabrielle Wang

Adapted for Stage by Vanessa Bates

75 minutes (no interval)

Ages 8+

The spirits you carry, they carry you too.

Travel from contemporary Australia to cosmopolitan Shanghai and to the misty byways of rural China in the enchanting family mystery A Ghost in My Suitcase.

Twelve-year-old Celeste arrives in China to scatter her mother’s ashes, but in no time flat she’s thrust into a world of magic and myth. Her grandmother has carried on the family tradition of ghost hunting and Celeste finds she too has a knack for the hair-raising pursuit.

A Ghost in My Suitcase is a visually spectacular adaptation of Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning novel by Barking Gecko Theatre, featuring a female-led ensemble of Asian-Australian actors in a heart-warming adventure that will appeal across cultures and through generations.





Perth, Australia

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Friday, 01 March 2019

Saturday, 02 March 2019

Sunday, 03 March 2019

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Friday, 08 March 2019

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The Age

Kung-fu witchery conjures stage magic for the whole family

A Ghost In My Suitcase is superb family theatre – a stylish, big-hearted and vibrant adaptation of a much-loved children's book, delivered with all the vision and polish you'd expect from a major international arts festival. Full review ▶

Published 19/10/2018


Review: A Ghost in my Suitcase

Based on the book (and illustrated novel) by Gabrielle Wang of the same name, this is a sophisticated and poetic rendition adapted by Vanessa Bates, ostensibly for children, but calibrated also for an adult sensibility. Full review ▶

Published 22/10/2018

Sometimes Melbourne

Melbourne Festival: A Ghost in My Suitcase

Co-directors Ching Ching Ho and Barking Gecko's Artistic Director Matt Edgerton always find the heart of the story and its characters and make sure that the story of grief and letting go leads even when there are angry ghosts to fight and lives are in danger. Full review ▶

Published 21/10/2018

Creative Team

Author Gabrielle Wang

Playwright Vanessa Bates

Co-Directors Ching Ching Ho & Matt Edgerton

Set & Costume Designer Zoë Atkinson

Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall

Composer & Sound Designer Rachael Dease

Media Artist Sohan Ariel Hayes

Fight Director Andy Fraser

Puppetry Consultant Michael Barlow


Production Manager Andrew Portwine

Assistant Production Manager Michael Maclean

Stage Manager Jessica Rogerson

Assistant Stage Manager Emily Stokoe

Sound Operator and Programmer Tim Collins

Stage Technician Shane Bowring

Set Construction The Black Swan Workshop

Additional Set Construction Plumb Arts Workshop

Costume Construction Sara Walker

Costume Assistant Nicole Marrington

Media Assistant Jake Bamford

Camera Assistant & Media Intern Georgia Ivers

Producer Helen Hristofski

Creative Learning Resources Libby Klysz


Celeste Alice Keohavong

Por Por Amanda Ma

Ting Ting Yilin Kong

Female Ensemble Frieda Lee

Male Ensemble Imanuel Dado


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