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8 - 30 July 2022
State Theatre Centre of WA, Studio Underground


8 - 30 July 2022 State Theatre Centre of WA, Studio Underground Buy tickets

Presented by Barking Gecko Theatre

Cicada tell story. Story Good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok!

So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office year after year.

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 brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life on the stage with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by some of WA’s leading theatre-makers.

A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an enchanting tale of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves.

Adapted from CICADA by Shaun Tan.
Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge & Tim Watts.

Luke Kerridge
Designer Tyler Hill
Composer Jonathon Jie Hong Yang
Lighting Designer Chloe Ogilvie
Cast Arielle Gray & Tim Watts

About Barking Gecko Theatre 

Barking Gecko Theatre is Western Australia’s locally cherished, nationally significant company that creates theatre for children and their families. We are honoured to make our work on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar people.

Barking Gecko has a global reputation for crafting exquisite theatre of ambition, sophistication and scale. The stories we tell on stage fuse big ideas and questions with timeless, imaginative worlds. We speak to children in the here and now – to their inner lives and experience of growing up in a complex world.

Learn more about Barking Gecko Theatre. 

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.
  • $40.00 Adult at children's prices 
  • $40.00 Children
  • $30.00 Admit (Preview night only)
  • $30.00 Concession (Pensioners, Seniors Card holders, Health Care card holders, unemployed)
  • $125.00 Family pass (4 tickets)

  • $30.00 Groups (8+)
    For group bookings phone (08) 6212 9291 or email
  • $15.00 School groups (11+) (One complimentary ticket per 10 purchased)
    For school group bookings phone (08) 6184 4905 or email

Babes in arms permitted up to 2 years old. 

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Phone: $6.95. In person: $0. Group bookings: $8.95. Add $2 for postage by Standard Mail or $4.40 for Registered Mail.
All tickets/items prices include GST if applicable and are quoted in Australian dollars.
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