by Finegan Kruckemeyer - BARKING GECKO THEATREBuy Tickets
Earl Arts Centre
1 hour (no interval)
Recommended for ages 4+.
Smoke/haze and strobe effects used.
No filming or photography permitted.
A play 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.
Together Ophelia and Olivetti take on the local bully and make friends with a child so worried about allergies that he never leaves the house, all while trying to keep her dad from discovering that Olivetti is really a robot. But a bigger challenge is coming – can the pair save their friend and reunite him with his mother?
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 Theatre’s award winning shows. Children will discover that we’re all just made from pieces, and that when we feel less than whole we can find – or make – a part that fits!
Companion Cards accepted. Please advise at time of booking if you require any specific seating requirements (front row only, wheelchair accessibility) or hearing enhancement facilities.
Babes in Arms (sitting on your lap, not occupying a seat) aged up to 12 months are admitted free to this performance. All Babes in Arms must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Please ask for your complimentary Babes in Arms ticket at the box office.
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This is children’s theatre at its best.
The elegant simplicity of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s writing engages from the start and certain one liners dig deep into the special part of your heart reserved for childhood memory.
While the robotics and special effects in this play are extraordinary, what lies at its heart is a beautiful, poetic tale about acceptance.
Opened on 11 November 2017 at Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA; with the following cast:
Ophelia - Arielle Gray
Dad/ Orson/ Otis/ O’Leary - St John Cowcher
Olivetti the Robot - Sarah Nelson
About My Robot
A conversation about the nexus between science and art led to Barking Gecko Theatre Artistic Director Matt Edgerton reaching out to internationally respected playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. The pair imagined a story about a girl who makes her own robot and My Robot was born.
A show about a robot needed a robot to be developed. Robot Designer Steve Berrick was quickly added to the team and the story developed in a more practical way. The robot dream and reality began to meld together, shaping Fin’s rapidly evolving script.
Creative developments brought in actors, and field-testing of the robots and their control mechanisms. Learning how to control the robot transforms it from an assembly of parts into a performer capable of expressing a range of emotions and engaging with other performers.
At its heart My Robot is a very human story. Ophelia’s family moves to the seaside from a mountain town. She feels displaced; she misses home and her friends. She feels that the pieces of her life have been jumbled up and lost in the move. She is, however, a curious inventor with a penchant for puzzle solving and on their first night in their new home discovers a box of junk pieces with a mysterious note attached that reads “YOU. MAKE. ME.”
After a sleepless night of tinkering she makes Olivetti: a robot built from disparate parts but who bursts with enthusiasm for life. The pair have two big challenges in store, a daring rescue at sea and an important choice.
My Robot reminds us all that we are all just made from pieces, and when it feels like something is missing we can find, or make a new piece that fits just right.
About Barking Gecko Theatre
Established in 1989, Barking Gecko Theatre is Western Australia’s longest running professional theatre company dedicated to inspiring children and families to embrace a life full of curiosity, empathy and play.
For nearly 30 years Barking Gecko Theatre has created exquisite, award-winning productions, with a history of innovation and excellence making it an indispensable asset to Western Australia.
Barking Gecko Theatre has delivered over 100 original Western Australia productions, toured 12 counties and reached almost 1 million children. Alongside Barking Gecko’s theatre productions is the company’s deep commitment to creative learning and social outreach. At a grass roots level, Barking Gecko delivers drama programs for children ages 4 – 18 across Perth, regional and remote WA every year.
Barking Gecko Theatre Company is an indispensable asset to Western Australia.