Image Jon Green
Dates: 2017; 2019 WA tour; 2020 national tour
Company: Barking Gecko
Winner of 2017 AWGIE award for Theatre for Young Audiences
Winner of 2017 PAWA award for Best Supporting Actor St John Cowcher
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?
★★★★½ The technology and stagecraft in My Robot are a wonderful jolt in this whiz-bang debut.
The West Australian
This is children’s theatre at its best… Needless to say this robot is the stuff of childhood’s most vivid imaginings.
Barking Gecko’s award winning production values are all on show and Matt Edgerton directs the whole process with precision and ease… My Robot comfortably clears the bar set by what now must be regarded as Australia’s leading theatre company for children and young people.
David Zampatti, From The Turnstyles