Barking Gecko Theatre brings Shaun Tan’s CICADA to life!

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 02 Jun 2022


Barking Gecko Theatre brings WA storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved book Cicada to life this July School Holidays with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling.

It is the tale of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office. Overlooked and unappreciated by his co-workers, Cicada weaves a dream of escape, keeping his secrets hidden until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen…

Winner of the Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book in 2019, this new adaptation by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers is a story of big ideas and one very adorable little insect.

Barking Gecko Theatre has introduced the magic of live theatre to thousands of children and their families for over 30 years and this brand-new Australian play about resilience, transformation, and the light we all have inside ourselves is sure to enchant the whole family.

This must-see show by WA’s award-winning children’s theatre company premieres at State Theatre Centre of WA from 9-16 July before hitting the road for Kwinana, Mandurah, Harvey, Geraldton and Broome.

For more information and ticket bookings, please click here.

Shaun Tan's Artwork | Meet the Cicada ...

Image Credits: Shaun Tan |


CAST Arielle Gray, Tim Watts

ALTERNATE CAST Tamara Creasy, Imanuel Dado


ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge & Tim Watts

DIRECTOR Luke Kerridge




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Event Information

Cicada presented by Barking Gecko Theatre

9-16 July 2022
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA | On Sale Now


Ticket Prices

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Single (Adult / Child)$40 per person
Family Pass (4 Tickets)$31.25 per person
Concession$30 per person


TRANSACTION FEES APPLY: Web: $3.95 (if $36.00 or less) | Web: $5.95 (if $36.00 or more)

Before/After the Show

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Find a Cicada

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Look for the Entomology section (Fancy name for insect!) to check out WA Museum's Beetle Collection. Is there a Cicada anywhere?

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Food / Quick Bite

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Grab a quick bite from this cool lil spot across from the State Theatre Centre, our picks are the Sweet Potato Fries and Parma Burger.

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Escape as a family

Strike Forrest Chase

Like the Cicada... why not escape as a family by visiting Strike Bowling in Forrest Chase?

A short walk from the State Theatre Centre with plenty to keep the whole family entertained including bowling, augmented darts and even Karaoke!


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Gecko Ensembles | Weekly Drama Classes

Gecko Ensembles are Barking Gecko Theatre's weekly drama classes for children. It’s where self-expression leads to self-confidence, as children stretch their imaginations in exciting directions.

Gecko Ensembles focus on the learning that comes from engaging with drama processes. Children question, explore, imagine and create. Through exploring some of life's big questions children develop collaboration and communication skills and build resilience and empathy. They challenge themselves, listen to each other, learn new skills and most importantly, have fun!

Gecko Ensembles celebrate children’s diverse ideas, interests and imagination. Children act as our creative consultants, exploring the same content as Barking Gecko’s artistic teams are exploring in our rehearsal rooms.

Classes are facilitated by our Teaching Artists, who are accomplished industry professionals, passionate in helping young people discover their potential through drama.

Available for Little Geckos (5 - 7), Junior Geckos (8 - 12), Senior Geckos (13+) at a number of locations across metropolitan Perth and regional WA.

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Whadjuk Country, 1/28 John Street, Northbridge WA 6003

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