Bambert's Book of Lost Stories
Image Jon Green
Dates: 2016 Perth; 2017 UK tour; 2018 Sydney and Brisbane
Company: Barking Gecko
*As Dramaturg I worked closely with writers Dan Giovanonni and Luke Kerridge over a number of months to shape the script and the storytelling through multiple drafts and creative developments with actors and creatives. This was my first project as Artistic Director of Barking Gecko.
Winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Production for Children 2016
This is the story of Bambert – an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories. And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little balloons, in the hope that they will find a home.
The stories contain instructions: whoever finds them is to return them to Bambert with a stamp from wherever they landed, so he knows where they should be set. But as each day passes, and no stories return, Bambert’s hope begins to fade. Will his stories ever find a home?
Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories brings together Australia’s most extraordinary creative minds to realise this exquisite production. At times amusing, other times melancholy, this new production reminds us how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness.
A perfectly formed masterpiece
It wends its charming little way into your heart, and takes you on a bittersweet little journey to an enchanting place.
Perth Arts Live
Dan Giovannoni’s adaptation and Luke Kerridge’s direction smoothly negotiates the emotional terrain with humour and heart.