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BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY

ANNUAL REPORT 2012


BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY

Barking Gecko Theatre Company Ltd 180 Hamersley Road Subiaco, WA 6008 Telephone: (08) 9380 3080 Fax: (08) 9380 3099 E-mail: gecko@barkinggecko.com.au Website: www.barkinggecko.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/BarkingGeckoTheatreCompany Twitter: @geckotweets PATRON Professor Fiona Stanley AC AMBASSADOR Craig Silvey, Author BOARD 2012 Patria Jafferies – Chair Nicholas Creed – Board Member Monique Beaudoire – Board Member Roger Martin – Board Member (Andrew) Drew Carr – Board Member Drew Dymond – Board Member Stephen Moloney – Board Member ARTISTIC DIRECTOR John Sheedy GENERAL MANAGER Nathan Giles ACN 052 424 683 ABN 23 052 424 683

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SUMMARY OVERVIEW 04 A MAJOR YEAR 06 AD REPORT 10 STORIES WE TELL 12 THE RED TREE 14 DRIVING INTO WALLS 18 IMPROVILICIOUS 2.0 22 THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING 24 EDUCATION & WORKSHOPS 28 SPECIAL PROJECTS 32 TEAM 34 STATISTICS 35 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 38 SUPPORTERS 41 2013 42

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BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY

OVERVIEW ORGANISATION PURPOSE Barking Gecko Theatre Company is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development, production, education and promotion of contemporary theatre for young people.

VISION To define the future of theatre practice by presenting high quality, adventurous theatre for young people locally, nationally and internationally. We aim to redefine theatre for young people through dialogue with the new generation of Australian and global young people. We aim to develop theatre that challenges artistic convention through collaboration with Australia’s finest creative talent and flagship theatre companies.

STRATEGIC GOALS Barking Gecko Theatre Company aspires to develop a new vision for the future. To realise this vision we have established a set of four strategic goals that support core areas – Artistic, Financial, Operational and Audience Development.

ARTISTIC Push theatrical convention to achieve a high quality artistic product of international standard that engages and is meaningful to our audience FINANCIAL Diversify income streams to underpin the financial security of the Company. Financial accountability and transparency with industry standard governance practice. OPERATIONAL An integrated, harmonious, motivated and well-resourced organisation AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Increased audience diversity, size and reach Build a strong brand, awareness and loyalty of the Company

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A MAJOR YEAR PATRIA JAFFERIES CHAIR

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ANNUAL REPORT 2012 As I reflect on my first twelve months as Chair of Barking Gecko Theatre Company, I am delighted to announce that the company has performed beyond expectation. Celebrating its 21st birthday, Barking Gecko Theatre Company is beginning to mature. 2012 has been a phenomenally busy year for the Company that has seen the development of an artistic program commensurate with a state level theatre company. Artistically there is no theatre company in Western Australia producing theatre that challenges audiences and pushes convention as with Barking Gecko. Under John Sheedy’s artistic direction the Company has delivered a program usually seen by the large state theatre companies and included two shows as part of the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival – The Red Tree and Driving Into Walls. Both of these shows were critically acclaimed and saw sold out performances. Improvilicious 2.0 continued to entertain new audiences in both the metropolitan and regional parts of Western Australia. Improvilicious 2.0 toured regionally to the top end of Australia. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girls Does Nothing saw nationally acclaimed Director Noel Jordan develop this co-production between Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Q Theatre in conjunction with Barking Gecko. This production toured nationally and to Western Australian metropolitan schools as part of our education incursion program after it premiered its Perth season at the Subiaco Arts Centre. The recruitment of Nathan Giles as General Manager resulted in significant change in management for the Company and offers an enviable business model for all arts organisations. This model has seen significant results in a short period of time with the Company posting its first surplus in over 3 years in what was a challenging environment. To achieve this, the General Manager and Board implemented a new business plan to support the artistic direction spearheaded by John Sheedy in 2010 and to recoup the Company’s finances that had been eroded since 2009 whilst creating a platform for solid business and creativity to work collaboratively to achieve outstanding results. In closing, I must say that the year ended 30 June 2012 was a major year for Barking Gecko and, in this context, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of all of our employees and Board to the progress we are making. There is a clear sense of excitement in what we can achieve and there is certainly a tremendous effort being put in by everybody.

Patria Jafferies Chair

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THE RED TREE

“Pure imaginative gold… By the end of the show all those leaves come alive and so do we.” - PERTH NOW

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A YEAR OF CELEBRATION JOHN SHEEDY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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ANNUAL REPORT 2012 2012 was the celebration of Barking Gecko’s 21st birthday! It’s quite an achievement for a theatre company to celebrate such a milestone. Over the last 21 years, Barking Gecko has developed, nurtured and created live theatre and performed around the globe. Turning 21, our coming of age year, brought a sense of newfound independence, maturity, risk-taking and investigation. We embarked on new adventures in the productions we created by committing to developing projects with long gestation periods where we can explore and implement interdisciplinary work and further develop creative ways of story telling, collaborating with the best artistic teams from a range of performing arts disciplines. 2012 saw Barking Gecko firmly place itself on the national stage with two sold-out seasons in the Perth International Arts Festival. We gained international interest and celebrated 5 Helpmann Award nominations – including Best Children’s Theatre and received 9 Equity Award nominations. We kicked off the year with 500 confessions! We asked if Barking Gecko is WA’s theatre for young people, then who are our young people? Created from 500 interviews with teenagers from across the state we presented Driving Into Walls, a brash, bold and sometimes confronting snapshot of WA’s teenagers. Driving Into Walls premiered as part of the Perth International Arts Festival and made front-page headlines in The West Australian as the teenage romp that was sending shockwaves across WA – we couldn’t have asked for a better way to open! Driving Into Walls sold out, was critically acclaimed and became one of the companies highest grossing shows in its 21-year history. More importantly, it engaged a newfound theatre audience of teenagers. In addition, we revisited The Red Tree, a journey through the highly imaginative world of Shaun Tan as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. Following the festival, Perth’s favourite improvisation duo took a new twist on the history of theatre to schools across the state. We ended the 2012 season with a coproduction between Barking Gecko, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Q Theatre Company with the Australian premier of This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing by Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by Noel Jordan. Our BGTC Workshop again excited, inspired and up-skilled Perth’s artistic youth. This year, workshops doubled in numbers, as did attendance at Good Morning Maggie with 2 shows being presented every Wednesday morning at Karrinyup Shopping Centre. Significantly, 2012 saw us regain the generous financial support from the Australia Council, allowing us to keep developing the important work that is designed to invigorate, challenge and inspire our ongoing dialogue with audiences of young people, teenagers, schools and families. Towards the end of the year, Barking Gecko succeeded in continuing its artistic growth and success, developing new creative partnerships with some of the best theatre companies and artists this country has to offer - Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia, Oz Opera with the first of the creative developments for Storm Boy and our highly anticipated new operatic adaptation of Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s multi award winning children’s book, The Rabbits. Most of all, 2012 was about presenting our audience with theatre that is alive, fertile, tender and explosive – theatre where the experience outlasts the event. John Sheedy Artistic Director

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STORIES WE TELL NATHAN GILES GENERAL MANAGER

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ANNUAL REPORT 2012 Barking Gecko Theatre Company is first an artistic company – exploring and pushing the art form is our passion. Our ambition is to create work that is extraordinary, exhilarating, challenging and relevant – theatrical experiences for both young and old that builds a tolerance and engagement between generations and infuse the audience with a yearning and appreciation for the performing arts. The company views youth as the future shapers of our society. Our programming aligns and supports their development be it early childhood, middle childhood or adolescence. We acknowledge their place in society and explore the barriers and opportunities they face. Our audience is valued as young spectators who will become responsible and active citizens shaping the society in which we live. We tell stories that are influenced by our base in Western Australia but contain universal themes that resonate on a global level and place everyone sharing the theatre space on equal ground regardless of race, gender or age. We choose stories that celebrate the depth of the human experience and do not shy away from the bigger issues. We seek to test the elasticity of our artistic practice by developing projects with long gestation periods where we can explore and implement interdisciplinary work and further develop creative ways of storytelling, collaborating with the best artistic teams from a range of performing arts disciplines, including text, multimedia, music, design, lighting and sound. Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s compelling annual program of new contemporary works, infused with a mix of different styles, has consolidated our standing as a main stage force in the Western Australian landscape. Our works exemplify a cutting edge standard in theatrical craft that enables us to attract and collaborate with the best Australian talent. We have developed a Business Plan 2013 – 2015 that will guide and drive our continued success through the management of 4 strategic goals - Artistic, Financial, Operational an Audience Development. These goals are fundamental to the ongoing success of Barking Gecko Theatre Company and will enable the delivery of an exciting artistic program with sound, supportive and innovative business management to further develop the creative and underwrite the financial future of the Company. We are continuously experimenting with new ways to respond to, engage with and challenge our audiences. Audience development will be a key focus for the Company with an emphasis on research, inventive partnerships, engagement and brand strength all contributing toward the development, diversification, size and reach of our audience. We believe in establishing mutually beneficial partnerships, not just sponsorships, but partnerships that support the aspirations and development of our country’s culture, people and history whilst exploring and showcasing the diversity of Australia and Australian Theatre. It is through these partnerships that Barking Gecko Theatre Company will invest in its future by funding greater productions whilst maintaining a solid level of financial reserves (currently in excess of 15%). The implementation of our Corporate Partnership and Private Giving strategy will enable the diversification of income whilst underwriting the financial security of the Company. Management, Board and Patron/Ambassador development will be a key focus for the Company ensuring the structure, representation, engagement, skills and succession planning are aligned for the betterment of the Company and its goals. We are developing engagement plans for both our Patron, Professor Fiona Stanley AC and Company Ambassador, writer Craig Silvey to further raise the profile of the Company and undertaking significant Board development to support the Company and its future. Collaborations with Australia’ best creative talent and with flagship national Companies will be a key focus for Barking Gecko Theatre Company. It is as a result of these collaborations that we are able to redefine theatre for young people through the development and execution of high quality engaging theatre. Nathan Giles General Manager

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THE RED TREE

“bold and visually arresting… Sheedy isn’t afraid to take a risk.” - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

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THE RED TREE ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY JOHN SHEEDY DESIGNED BY GYPSY TAYLOR Nominated for 4 Helpmann Awards 2012 Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Original Score and Best Children’s Presentation From the wildly inspired mind of Perth’s very own Academy Award winner Shaun Tan, The Red Tree drew audiences into a vibrant world of bold imagery and sparkling live music. A young girl embarks on an epic adventure in an unfamiliar land filled with peculiar creatures and dream-like landscapes. The Red Tree creates a path that gradually leads her home. The play engaged imaginations with design, sound and lighting that made Shaun Tan’s visions thrillingly real. The Red Tree was featured as part of the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival, Children and Family program and travelled to Albany as part of the festivals Great Southern Festival event program.

CREATIVE TEAM Director: John Sheedy Author: Shaun Tan Production Designer: Gypsy Taylor Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall Sound Designer: Kingsley Reeve Production Manager: Genevieve Jones Assistant Designer: Alicia Clements Costume Maker: Emma Loughridge Props Maker/ Scenic Painter: Matt McVeigh Head of Scenic Design: Anthony Babicci Set Construction: Plumb Construction and Design, Arts Workshop CAST The Little Girl: Ella Hetherington Composer, Musician: Clint Bracknell Composer, Musician: David Salvaire Composer, Musician: Dylan Hooper PUBLIC SEASON Subiaco Arts Centre 11th – 14th February Albany Entertainment Centre, 17th – 18th February

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THE RED TREE

“The directional decision by Sheedy to punctuate the show with stillness, emotive presence, incorporating a winning ensemble cast and an exceptionally innovative design crew is the key to The Red Tree’s success.” - LOWDOWN MAGAZINE

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DRIVING INTO WALLS

“There are voices waiting to be heard and this production is a loud, high-impact start.” - ROBIN PASCOE, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

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DRIVING INTO WALLS WRITTEN BY SUZIE MILLER CHOREOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE MICICH DIRECTED BY JOHN SHEEDY Nominated for a 2012 Helpmann Award Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work Winner of Best Design in WA Equity Guild Awards and recipient of 8 nominations Making out, fighting, laughing, dancing and confessing … Drawn from over 500 starkly honest and highly confidential interviews with Western Australian teens, this intimate and confronting play drew back the curtain on what it means to be young in our modern, media-driven society. Five teenagers walked an emotional tightrope of online and offline relationships, colliding with one another and driving into the walls built around them. This daring, immersive production gave a raw and voyeuristic view of their deepest secrets, rages, anxieties and hopes. Driving into Walls was featured in the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival. The development of this production was supported by the Perth International Arts Festival’s Vital Stages program. In 2013, Driving into Walls, will tour to Sydney Opera House and Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, NSW. CREATIVE TEAM Director / Set Design: John Sheedy Writer: Suzie Miller Choreographer: Danielle Micich Production Manager: Jenna Boston Stage Manager: Chris Isaacs Sound Designer: Kingsley Reeve Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall Digital Artist: Sohan Hayes Digital Assistant: Glen Adams Vocal Coach: Luzita Fereday Costume Designer: Alicia Clements CAST Harrison Elliott Michael Smith Rikki Bremner Thalia Livingstone Matthew Tupper PUBLIC SEASON Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA 25th February – 3rd March 19


DRIVING INTO WALLS

“...engaging and challenging theatre specifically targeting adolescent audiences is rare. We have discussed the show at length and all gained so much from the process.” - TEACHER, APPLECROSS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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“It was great, students loved the show. What a clever way of conveying the history of the theatre and involving the audience to do it.” – ST LUKE’S COLLEGE 22


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IMPROVILICIOUS 2.0 CREATED BY SAM LONGLEY & DAMON LOCKWOOD Improvilicious 2.0 is a hilariously entertaining show where two actors use student suggestion to create fast, funny, physical theatre on the spot. This year our Masters of Improv, Sam Longley and Damon Lockwood, brought a new twist to this much loved show, taking audiences through The History of Theatre. Greek, Shakespeare, Moliere, Realism, Brecht, Absuridsm and Australian Theatre – nothing was sacred! The Improvilicious 2.0 tour included 27 performances in metropolitan schools reaching 3,343 students over 3 weeks. Regionally, the tour travelled to the Pilbara and Kimberley region, reaching 9 schools and over 650 students.

“Our students and staff absolutely loved the show. It was a highlight of the term. The performers were terrifically entertaining and informative. We basically laughed hysterically for the duration of the performance.” – ST. MARY’S COLLEGE, BROOME

CAST Sam Longley Damon Lockwood – Metropolitan Tour Only Sean Walsh – Regional Tour Only METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS TOUR 12 March –6 April REGIONAL SCHOOLS TOUR 18 June – 6 July

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THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING

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THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING WRITTEN BY FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER DIRECTED BY NOEL JORDAN Three girls. Three pathways. One destination. Three sisters are abandoned in the middle of a forest by their father. Facing an uncertain future, one decides to walk one way around the world, one decides to walk the other way and one decides to stay right where she is. After 20 years having crossed oceans, toppled lighthouses and conquered Vikings – the two wanderers find themselves back at the same place in the woods, where the third sister waits… One of Australia’s most exciting playwrights, Finegan Kruckemeyer, has created a modern day fairytale that thrilled, delighted and surprised audiences. Winner of the 2010 Rodney Seaborn Award, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is an epic tale about the search for happiness, self and a place to call home. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is a co-production between Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Q Theatre Company and Casula Powerhouse and travelled to NSW as part of a national tour. As part of the metropolitan schools tour, this production visited 17 schools, reaching 2,717 students over 3 weeks. In 2013, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is programmed as part of a metropolitan and regional schools tour. CREATIVE TEAM Playwright: Finegan Kruckemeyer Director: Noel Jordan Set and Costume Designer: Alicia Clements Composer and Sound Designer: Quincy Grant Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest Production Manager: Genevieve Jones Stage Manager: Natalie Moir CAST Albienne: Ella Hetherington Beatrix: Jo Morris Carmen: Sarah Nelson Narrator/ Father/ Peter: Drayton Morley PUBLIC SEASON Subiaco Arts Centre 10 – 21 July METRO SCHOOLS TOUR 30 July – 17 August NSW TOUR 17 – 29 September

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THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING

“This Girl Laughs... follows in the best tradition of fairytales through the ages - an engagingly told yarn for the children of today, with lessons for adults also; and with Barking Gecko’s spirited presentation bringing an extra dimension to ensure it remains in the memory. 4.5 out of 5 stars” – NERIDA DICKINSON, ARTSHUB


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“The production was fantastic! As usual the excellent standard of performance and professionalism that we have come to know was surpassed by that production. The students loved every second.” - TEACHER

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EDUCATION Our 2012 Education Program is developed to support teachers by creating unique opportunities to enhance student learning, inspire classroom conversation and provide an access point into the world of the performing arts. Schools that participate in our program accessed educational resources and online content, received discounted student prices and were also offered opportunities for further development. In 2012 our education program brought dedicated school performances, workshops and incursions into schools in Perth and regional Western Australia. This saw us perform to over 6,500 students across the state and conduct workshops with almost 300 students.

“Our students and staff absolutely loved the show. It was a highlight of the term. The performers were terrifically entertaining and informative. We basically laughed hysterically for the duration of the performance.” – TEACHER

“I am a big fan of Barking Gecko Theatre Company and will continue to promote your wonderful work at our school. I wish more teachers understood the incredible value your beautiful and meaningful performances bring to children (and our) lives.” – TEACHER

WORKSHOPS In 2012 our Workshop Program allowed children and young people to explore their creative side. Workshops were available for children aged 7 – 10 years, 11 – 13 years and 14 – 17 years. Workshops were run during school term and during the April, July and October school holidays. Working with a passionate team of tutors each workshop session encouraged the uniqueness of students by developing self-confidence, team building skills and nurturing a love of the performing arts. We also ran a regular, in-term, Good Morning Maggie session for children aged 2 and over. Each week Maggie took her young audience on a journey into the world of children’s literature, sparking an early love of reading. Each reading session was completed by an art and drama activity. This workshop series was supported by Karrinyup Shopping Centre. This year we worked with over 2,000 children and young people through our workshop program. Our specialised workshop program saw us work with an additional 529 participants across the metropolitan, regional and outback areas of Western Australia.

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“Driving Into Walls is raw theatre, emotive and confrontational. This is the best type of theatre, one that challenges, evokes, engages and makes you sit up and pay attention.” - ANNA LOCKE, AUSTRALIAN STAGE

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SPECIAL PROJECTS MAJKIDZ At the beginning of each year 100 young people gather at the beautiful His Majesty’s Theatre to embark upon a year long theatrical adventure. MajKidz, a program run by His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation and Barking Gecko Theatre Company introduces the world of theatre to young people aged between the ages of 10 to 12 years. The monthly workshops are led by industry professionals and cover all aspects of theatre creation including acting, movement, script writing, technical theatre, design, costume and make-up. The workshops culminate in a showcase performance for family and friends at the end of the year.

AUSLAN Barking Gecko is committed to creating AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language) interpreted sessions for its theatre productions. Performances were created for This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing in collaboration with the WA Deaf Society. We thank all of our partners for enabling Barking Gecko to undertake these important initiatives.

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TEAM CORE STAFF

Artistic Director General Manager Production Manager Financial Administrator Communications Manager Education & Workshops Manager Administration and Marketing Officer Associate Producer

JOHN SHEEDY NATHAN GILES KATHERINE MCLEAN Resigned April 2012 GENEVIEVE JONES JOY CROCKER MICHELLE WEALL MICHAEL DALY SALLY HERBERT Resigned July 2012 ROBBYN BRACKNELL JENNY VILA

CREATIVES & TEMPORARY STAFF ALICIA CLEMENTS SET & COSTUME DESIGNER ANDREW BLAIKIE TUTOR ANTHONY BABICCI DESIGNER ASHER BROWN TUTOR CATHERINE MOORE ACTOR CHRIS ISAACS STAGE MANAGER CHRISTIE SISTRUNK TUTOR CHRISTOPHER DE GROOT MUSICIAN CLINT BRACKNELL MUSICIAN DAMIAN FOLEY TUTOR DAMON LOCKWOOD ACTOR DANIELLE BAYNES ACTOR DANIELLE MICICH CHOREOGRAPHER DAVID SALVAIRE MUSICIAN DOONE MCALARY SENSORY THEATRE DRAYTON MORLEY ACTOR DYLAN HOOPER MUSICIAN ELLA HETHERINGTON ACTOR EMMA CHELSEA TUTOR EMMA LOUGHRIDGE WARDROBE FILIPPO GIOFFRE ACTOR FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER WRITER FLEUR HOCKEY TUTOR GAIL LUSTED TUTOR GENEVIEVE HEGNEY ACTOR GLEN ADAMS AV DESIGNER GYPSY TAYLOR DESIGNER HARRISON ELLIOTT DANCER HOLLY GARVEY TUTOR JAMES LUSCOMBE SOUND TECHNICIAN JENNA BOSTON PRODUCTION MANAGER JO MORRIS ACTOR JO WORTHINGTON TUTOR JOE LUI TECHNICIAN JOHN BYRNE TUTOR AND TECHNICIAN KINGSLEY REEVE SOUND DESIGNER KRISTY ARMSTRONG COSTUME KRISTY GILLIES PROPS MAKER LAURA HOPWOOD TUTOR LIAM MURRAY STAGE MANAGER

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LUZITA FEREDAY MAGGIE KENNEADY MARKO JOVANOVIC MATT MCVEIGH MATT POWER MATTHEW MARSHALL MATTHEW TUPPER MICHAEL SMITH MICHELLE HOVANE NATALIE MOIR NATHANIEL DOHERTY NICK CANDY NOEL JORDAN PETER RUBIE QUINCY GRANT RHODA LOPEZ RIKKI BREMNER ROSE RILEY SAM LONGLEY SARAH NELSON SEAN WALSH SHAUN TAN SIMON STEWART SOHAN HAYES SUZIE MILLER THALIA LIVINGSTONE TOM HOLLOWAY TRENT SUIDGEEST TRISTEN PARR ZOE TUFFIN

VOCAL COACH TUTOR TUTOR PROPS MAKER TECHNICIAN LIGHTING DESIGNER DANCER DANCER SENSORY THEATRE STAGE MANAGER TUTOR TUTOR DIRECTOR LIGHTING TECHNICIAN SOUND DESIGNER TUTOR DANCER ACTOR ACTOR ACTOR ACTOR AUTHOR DANCER AV DESIGNER WRITER DANCER WRITER LIGHTING DESIGNER MUSICIAN AND COMPOSER TUTOR


ANNUAL REPORT 2012

STATISTICS In Theatre SHOW

VENUE

DATES

PERFORMANCES

ATTENDEES

Driving Into Walls

Studio Underground

Feb 25 - Mar 3

12

2444

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing Subiaco Arts Centre

Jul 10 - Jul 21

20

2897

32

5341

PERFORMANCES

ATTENDEES

3343

TOTAL

Metro Schools Touring SHOW

VENUE

DATES

Improvilicious 2.0

Various schools

Mar 12 - Apr 6

27

Jul 30 - Aug 17

17

2717

44

6060

PERFORMANCES

ATTENDEES

9

658

9

658

PERFORMANCES

ATTENDEES

7

1743

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing Various schools TOTAL

Regional Schools Touring SHOW

VENUE

DATES

Improvilicious 2.0

Pilbara and Kimberley

Jun 18 - Jul 6

TOTAL

Contract Fee Performances SHOW

VENUE

DATES

The Red Tree (Perth Festival)

Subiaco Arts Centre

Feb 11 - Feb 14

The Red Tree (Perth Festival)

Albany PAC

Feb 17 - Feb 18

3

390

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing Joan Sutherland PAC

Sep 28 - Sep 29

4

571

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing Casula Powerhouse

Sep 25 - Sep 26

2

232

16

2936

TOTAL

Workshops DESCRIPTION

VENUE

DATES

PERFORMANCES

ATTENDEES

BGTC Workshops

Subiaco Arts Centre

Year Round

114

749

Specialist Workshops (Metro)

Metro Locations

Year Round

23

431

Specialist Workshops (Regional)

Regional Locations

Year Round

5

98

Story Inc

Karrinyup

School Terms

72

1440

214

2718

TOTAL

2012 Total Audience TOTAL NUMBER

TOTAL AUDIENCE

METRO AUDIENCE

REGIONAL AUDIENCE

NATIONAL AUDIENCE

315

17,713

15,764

1,146

803

Total Audience 17,713 viewers / participants

BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL FIGURES ARE AVAILABLE AS A SEPARATE DOCUMENT.

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BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING

“It is a remarkably sophisticated play, enchanting and engaging.” - SARAH MCNEILL, SUBIACO POST

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s Board Membership has changed significantly since July 2012. Following the development of a plan that identifies individuals from Arts and Business with specific skills and profile to drive the Company’s new direction. We thank the dedication and passion of our Board Members for 2012. MS PATRIA JAFFERIES Chair Patria Jafferies was appointed to BGTC Board in March 2012. Patria is currently on the National Board of AbaF (now Creative Partnerships Australia) an appointment she has enjoyed since 2010. She is also on the Advisory Board of Perth Fashion Festival (2012) and is a Consultant at Hawaiian. Formerly Executive Director at His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation, was on the Advisory Committee for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is a Board Member of Hope for Children Australia and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Curtin University. Patria is a former Chair of the Small Business Development Corporation and was awarded the National Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2000. She was instrumental in the development of the Matilda Bay Brewing Company and Dome Coffee Australia. Patria has also been involved in the Australian Reserve Bank’s Small Business Finance Advisory Panel, Arts WA’s Capital Venture Board and the Youth Focus Foundation. In 2005, Patria was selected for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Program in Social Innovation to build her capabilities as a global business leader. MR NICHOLAS CREED Board Member Mr Nicholas Creed is a partner in the Perth Office of King and Wood Mallesons where he assists clients in the financing of resources, oil and gas and infrastructure projects, telecommunications, property and general corporate finance, corporate treasury activities and public/private partnerships. Nicholas has 15 years’ experience in acting on significant, keynote transactions including those nominated as deals of the year by IFLR Asia and Australasian Legal Business. He has published articles on smart cards, electronic banking, financial services reform and conflicts of laws in international trade finance. He has assisted in teaching finance subjects at Monash University and in the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre’s Masters of Applied Finance Program. In the late 1990s, Nicholas worked on secondment in the Banking and Capital Markets Group in the London office of international law firm Simmons & Simmons. He has also worked in Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong. MS MONIQUE BEAUDOIRE Board Member Ms Monique Beaudoire is currently the Business Development Manager – PIAF where she is in charge of acquiring private and public sector cash and contra support from businesses, individuals, trusts, foundations and federal, state and local governments. Monique has previously worked in various business development capacities with Black Swan Theatre Company and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She also Chaired the Board of Thin Ice Productions from April 2010 – May 2012.

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ANNUAL REPORT 2012 MR ROGER MARTIN Board Member Mr Roger Martin is currently the Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Woodside Energy, one of Australia’s top ten publicly listed companies and the nation’s largest publicly listed oil and gas company. Woodside operates many oil and gas projects including the A$27 billion North West Shelf Venture, Australia’s largest resource project. In his role as Vice President Corporate Affairs, Roger has responsibility for government and community relations, external and internal communications, branding and social investment. Roger’s previous roles at Woodside have included general manager of corporate communications, corporate affairs manager for the company’s then Africa Business Unit, and a similar position in the USA Business Unit. Prior to joining Woodside in 2004, Roger had a 12 year career in journalism, mostly as a senior political reporter. Roger spent seven years at The West Australian, before moving in 1999 to the national daily newspaper The Australian. Roger has a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University in Perth and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Murdoch University. MR (ANDREW) DREW CARR Board Member Mr Drew Carr is currently the Executive Manager - Finance and Enterprise at Bankwest, Perth. Drew has a significant career in Finance and Product development. He commenced with Bankwest in 2008 as Head – Portfolio Management followed by Head of Product Strategy before his current role. Drew Carr is Chair of Barking Gecko Theatre Company ‘s Governance Sub-Committee. MR DREW DYMOND Board Member Mr Drew Dymond is the Technical Director at the Perth International Arts Festival. Drew has a long career in the Arts Industry with significant Theatre practice. MR STEPHEN MOLONEY Board Member Stephen joined Macquarie Bank in January 2002 as an Investment Advisor with the Financial Services Group. In 2007, Stephen was appointed an Associate Director of Macquarie Bank and played a major role in the expansion of the Perth office. In 2008, he was promoted to the Head of Macquarie Private Wealth - WA and appointed a Division Director. In 2010, he was appointed a head of the Macquarie Group Foundation in WA. Stephen has over 15 years experience in the Investment and Broking industry with Prudential Bache (Melbourne) and BNP Paribas (Perth). Stephen holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS Mr Michael Mitchell, Chair - October 2008 – March 2012 Mr Beau Deleuil, Director – October 2008 – March 2012 Mr Michael Laurance, Director & Secretary – March 2006 – March 2012 Ms Myriam Leonardy, Director - July 2007 – July 2012 Mr Tony Scampoli, Director – February 2007 – July 2012

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BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY

MESSAGE FROM OUR PATRON, PROFESSOR FIONA STANLEY AC

“The outstanding thing about Barking Gecko is that it really ‘gets’ kids - it knows how to engage them, entertain them, move them and inform them. It is such a powerful way to connect with young people and I applaud their professionalism and creative prowess. I am very proud to be their Patron and see them impact on such a diverse audience in such a wonderful way.” - BARKING GECKO PATRON, PROFESSOR FIONA STANLEY AC Msc, MD FFPHM, FAFPHM, FRACP, FRACOG, FASSA, Hon Dsc

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ANNUAL REPORT 2012

SUPPORTERS Barking Gecko Theatre Company is proudly supported by:

THANK YOU: Professor Fiona Stanley AC, Craig Silvey, Shaun Tan, Jon Green, Subiaco Primary School, Jonathon Holloway, WAAPA, Shaun Tan, Hachette Australia, Noel Jordan, Galvin Family Foundation, St George’s Foundation, James Boyd, Henry Boston, Lush TV, Guerilla Construction, Abbott & Co Printers, WAAPA, Subiaco Arts Centre, Wagamama, State Theatre Centre of WA, Andrew Wilkinson, Claudia Chidiac, Student Edge, Perth International Arts Festival, James Fischer and all teachers, students and young people who contributed to our 2012 program.

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BARKING GECKO THEATRE COMPANY

2013

DUCK, DEATH AND THE TULIP Presented by Perth International Arts Festival Subiaco Arts Centre, February 08 -16

HAMLET Co-production with Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Subiaco Arts Centre, March 16 -22

DRIVING INTO WALLS New South Wales Tour Riverside Theatre, June 13 -14 Sydney Opera House, June 19 - 21

STORM BOY

Co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre of WA - September 21 to October 5

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Photo by Jon Green Photography


ANNUAL REPORT 2012

MESSAGE FROM OUR AMBASSADOR, CRAIG SILVEY

“I’m thrilled to be involved with Barking Gecko as Ambassador because I’m passionate about young people experiencing theatre, and Barking Gecko has so often been the first introduction to the medium for so many in the state. Theatre is a transformative and intimate way to absorb stories, and I think it’s vital that kids get the opportunity to connect with art via the stage. Barking Gecko has been inspiring and nurturing that connection for twenty one years, establishing its reputation as an important cultural touchstone in our community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of that tradition.” - BARKING GECKO AMBASSADOR, CRAIG SILVEY

West Australian Author of Rhubarb and Jasper Jones

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Barking Gecko Annual Report 2012  

Barking Gecko Theatre Company Annual Report Year 2012

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