MEDINA and North Parmelia students got their own exclusive preview of Barking Gecko’s latest offering, A Ghost in my Suitcase.
The production is an adaptation from the book of the same name that compares Australian and Chinese cultures.
Between the two primary schools 150 students will attend the show.
It is part of the theatre company’s Access and Education Program which will run for the next three years.
Barking Gecko Theatre’s artistic director Matt Edgerton said the company was excited by the opportunity to showcase the play to students.
“We live in a very global world and our theatre productions seek to reflect that diversity by celebrating our combined cultures,” he said.
The program was sponsored by Tianqi Lithium to the tune of $40,000.
Barking Gecko CEO and Executive Producer Helen Hristofski said the program is aimed at driving engagement with the arts to inspire the next generation.
“Early exposure to productions and to arts incursions like ours is a proven way to generate an enduring interest in theatre and more generally in culture, and that’s something Barking Gecko is both excited by and committed to,” she said.
Students will attend matinee shows of A Ghost in My Suitcase during June previews at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of WA.
Tianqi Lithium Australia general manager Phil Thick said it was a perfect partnership.
“We are constructing our new lithium processing plant in Kwinana,” he said.
“We are employing local people and we are serious about enriching the lives of the people in our local community.”