Finegan Kruckemeyer’s AWGIE award-winning play 'My Robot', about making new friends – literally, rolls into the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre of WA (STCWA).
Ahead of a regional tour in August, and national tour in 2020, the Perth season is accompanied by a programme of free activities to take over the STCWA for even more school holiday fun.
'My Robot' takes audiences of all ages on a rambunctious adventure of acceptance filled with robot tricks, laughter, daring rescues and bewildered parents, all told with the care and artistry synonymous with Barking Gecko’s award-winning shows.
When Ophelia, played by Marlanie Haerewa (WAAPA BPA student), 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 her new town are pretty strange. Feeling like she’s missing a piece of herself, Ophelia unpacks and finds a strange box full of parts with a curious note attached that reads ‘You. Make. Me.’
Her curiosity gets the better of her and ignoring the warnings of her father, played by St John Cowcher, about the dangers of her ingenious inventions, she sets to work and spends all night assembling the objects into a cool, new robot friend she names Olivetti.
“With its visually delightful set and working robot on stage, 'My Robot' will create curiosity and interest in science and technology for our young audiences,” Barking Gecko Theatre’s Artistic Director Luke Kerridge says.
“It’s a show that’s not only great fun but creates an opportunity to start a very important conversation with children about friendships and how each of our actions affect other people.”
'My Robot' and the Gecko Takeover runs from 6-14 July at State Theatre Centre of WA.