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My Robot

by Finegan Kruckemeyer

60 minutes (no interval)

Suits: 4+ (School Years K-4)

A show about making new friends – literally!

When Ophelia moves with her family to the seaside, she’s not impressed. She doesn’t like the beach, misses her old home and thinks the people in this town are pretty strange. While unpacking her room she discovers a mysterious box full of gadgets, parts and pieces, and a strange note that reads ‘You. Make. Me.’

Her curiosity gets the better of her and she spends all night assembling the objects into Olivetti, a robot with a typewriter chest and an alarm clock heart. Made up of pieces, but more than the sum of her parts.

My Robot takes audiences of all ages on a rambunctious adventure filled with robot antics, laughter, daring rescues and bewildered parents, all told with the care and artistry synonymous with Barking Gecko’s award-winning shows.

The State Theatre Centre of WA will come alive in the July School Holidays with FREE robot build and battle workshops and a new immersive experience with our Every Day Super Heroes In Residence! Click on the tabs above to find out more and register now!

View the full Gecko Takeover schedule here!





Perth, Australia

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA

Monday, 01 July 2019

Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Wednesday, 03 July 2019

Thursday, 04 July 2019

Friday, 05 July 2019

Saturday, 06 July 2019

Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Friday, 12 July 2019

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Sunday, 14 July 2019

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Community News Group

Barking Gecko Theatre Company built a friend for My Robot

BARKING Gecko Theatre Company artistic director Matt Edgerton likes to tackle something that either scares or challenges him on each work he directs. He has categorically achieved this with the company’s production My Robot. Read More ▶

Published 31/10/2017

Melanie Coram, The West Australian

Finding Humanity in Robotics

It should surprise no one that a new play about a robot turns on all the bells and whistles. And yet the technology and stagecraft in My Robot are a wonderful jolt in this whiz-bang debut. Full review ▶

Published 14/11/2017

SeeSaw Magazine

Quirky Robot Fun

Entering the theatre on opening night I am happy to see so many children in the audience. The boys behind me jump up and down as their mother explains they’ve just purchased sugary drinks with their own money. Full review ▶

Published 17/11/2017

David Zampatti , From the Turnstiles

My Robot: Review

One of the things that makes the extraordinarily fecund Finegan Kruckemeyer’s My Robot different and interesting is that when the play starts its hero, the feisty, ever-so-slightly nerdish Ophelia (Arielle Gray) has already arrived at her destination – and she’s not at all happy about it. Full review ▶

Published 18/11/2017

Creative Team

Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer
Director & Dramaturg Matt Edgerton
Designer Isla Shaw
Lighting Designer Chris Donnelly
Composer & Sound Designer James Luscombe
Robot Designer Steve Berrick

Production Manager Michael Maclean
Stage Manager Emily Stokoe
Costume Coordinator Nicole Marrington


Ophelia Marlanie Haerewa
Dad, Otis, Orson, Ms Ogilvie St John Cowcher
Olivetti the Robot Sarah Nelson

The State Theatre Centre of WA will come alive over the July School Holidays with workshops to build and battle your very own robot!

Designed to ignite curiosity and extend imaginations, these workshops are facilitated by Creative Coder Steve Berrick, designer of Olivetti the Robot in Barking Gecko’s upcoming production, My Robot.

Flex your engineering and design skills by building a Lego battle robot, learn how it thinks and interacts with its surroundings, then fight it out in the Battle Arena with other young programmers!


Every Day Super Heroes In Residence is a hands-on, immersive workshop at the State Theatre Centre of WA for both children and adults!

Working out of Super Hero HQ, children and adults will enter a 90-minute workshop to transform themselves into powerful super-citizens who work together to listen, act and solve problems for their own community. Using big thinking and drama we will find our inner powers and discover how to solve the problems around us.

Collaboration between everyone will inspire enthusiastic thoughts on the future of our world!

Recommended for ages 8+



Take an exclusive backstage tour of Perth’s premier performance venue, and see how everything comes together to create magic on stage!

Designed to provide an inspiring theatre venue for Perth audiences, the State Theatre Centre hosts 500 events each year from children’s theatre, to festivals, comedy shows and contemporary dance.

Register now to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Heath Ledger Theatre and Studio Underground, as well as the rehearsal rooms all designed by award-winning Kerry Hill Architects.

Tours will go for 30-mins, and leave from the Box Office foyer.

*Registrations are currently full


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