Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories packs suitcase for Scotland


Rhianne Perrie, Nick Maclaine, St John Cowcher, Luke Kerridge, Jo Morris, Igor Sas and Amanda McGregor.
Rhianne Perrie, Nick Maclaine, St John Cowcher, Luke Kerridge, Jo Morris, Igor Sas and Amanda McGregor.

ANYONE who has had the pleasure of seeing Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s Helpmann Award-winning production Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories will know it is a very special production.

An international audience will get to experience the magic of Bambert next week as the theatre company performs a season at the prestigious Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly known as Imaginate UK).

Barking Gecko Theatre Company chief executive Helen Hristofski said the company was honoured by the invitation.

“We’ve had our eye on international touring for some time,” Hristofski, of the Subiaco-based theatre company, said.

“Being invited to the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival is thrilling and we can’t wait to share Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories with children abroad.

“It is also a unique opportunity for international delegates to see the production and potentially open up further touring for Barking Gecko Theatre Company in coming years.”

Final rehearsals took place in Perth last week and the set is already on its way to Scotland.

Adapter and director Luke Kerridge said Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories was many years in the making, so there were many years to dream about where it might end up.

“However I don’t think I ever dreamed we’d be touring it internationally,” Kerridge said.

“It is beyond exciting to be travelling to Edinburgh… and affirms the belief that myself, Barking Gecko and original author Reinhardt Jung hold that the smallest deserve only the finest work we can make for them.

“We are all incredibly proud of the show and I can’t wait to share this story, one that I have loved for over a decade now, with a whole new audience of children.”

Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories will have a return Perth season at Octagon Theatre, UWA from September 30 as part of AWESOME Festival.