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ANY­ONE who has had the plea­sure of see­ing Bark­ing Gecko The­atre Com­pany’s Help­mann Award-win­ning pro­duc­tion Bambert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries will know it is a very spe­cial pro­duc­tion.

An in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence will get to ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of Bambert next week as the the­atre com­pany per­forms a sea­son at the pres­ti­gious Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val (for­merly known as Imag­i­nate UK).

Bark­ing Gecko The­atre Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive He­len Hristof­ski said the com­pany was hon­oured by the in­vi­ta­tion.

“We’ve had our eye on in­ter­na­tional tour­ing for some time,” Hristof­ski, of the Su­bi­aco-based the­atre com­pany, said.

“Be­ing in­vited to the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val is thrilling and we can’t wait to share Bambert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries with chil­dren abroad.

“It is also a unique op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates to see the pro­duc­tion and po­ten­tially open up fur­ther tour­ing for Bark­ing Gecko The­atre Com­pany in com­ing years.”

Fi­nal re­hearsals took place in Su­bi­aco last week and the set is al­ready on its way to Scot­land.

Adapter and di­rec­tor Luke Ker­ridge said Bambert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries was many years in the mak­ing, so there were many years to dream about where it might end up.

“How­ever, I don’t think I ever dreamed we’d be tour­ing it in­ter­na­tion­ally,” Ker­ridge said.

“It is be­yond ex­cit­ing to be trav­el­ling to Ed­in­burgh and af­firms the be­lief that my­self, Bark­ing Gecko and orig­i­nal au­thor Rein­hardt Jung hold that the small­est de­serve only the finest work we can make for them.”

Bambert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries will have a re­turn Perth sea­son at Oc­tagon The­atre, UWA, from Septem­ber 30 as part of Awe­some Fes­ti­val.

Rhi­anne Per­rie, Nick Ma­claine, St John Cowcher, Luke Ker­ridge, Jo Mor­ris, Igor Sas, Amanda Mcgre­gor are head­ing to Ed­in­burgh with their Bambert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries pro­duc­tion.

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