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Presented by Barking Gecko Theatre and Arts Centre Melbourne. Adapted for the stage by Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge, from Bamberts Buch der verschollenen Geschichten by Reinhard Jung.


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. 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?

Since delighting families at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017, this Helpmann Award-winning production has gone on to charm audiences around the globe. This special online season brings Bambert to you in your home in what is a timely reminder of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness.


★★★★★ “A sweet tale of imagination and hope in an outstanding production”

Arts Hub


“A small, perfectly formed masterpiece.”

The Australian


Bambert activities

Bring the world of Bambert to life at home with these workshops, audio stories and craft activities inspired by the production.

Create your own wish balloon

Make your own Wish Balloon

Bambert writes his stories into a book called his "Book of Wishes." In this activity you can colour in a drawing of the balloon from the show and add in your very own wish for the world. All you need is a printer and some coloured pencils!

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Write a letter to a friend

Write a letter to a friend

Bambert’s tale reminds us of the power of writing to connect us to other another. During this time of isolation, why not share stories with your friends and loved ones with a handwritten letter.

Download letter template


Stories in the wall

Radio plays by students

Immerse yourself in Stories in the Wall: Take Flight, a series of original radio plays inspired by this beautiful production. Written and acted by primary students, with original music and sound design by secondary students.

Listen to audio stories


Online puppetry workshop

After watching the performance, try making your own puppets at home! In this online video, Puppeteer Iris Radovic will teach you how to make puppets with materials you can find around the house, and then guide you in bringing your creation to life.

Watch workshop



For Schools

Q&A Livestream

Join us for this special Q&A session exclusively for schools. Luke Kerridge (Director & Co- Adapter) and Dan Giovannoni (Adapter) will be zooming into classrooms across Australia to answer all your questions.

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Learning Resource 

This teacher kit from Barking Gecko Theatre Company is full of ideas to help your students get the most out of the online season of the show. With updates from Arts Centre Melbourne for remote learning.

Suitable for year levels 3 to 6

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Director & Co- Adapter Luke Kerridge
Adapter Dan Giovannoni
Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer Chris Donnelly
Sound Designer Ian Moorhead
Dramaturg Matt Edgerton
Photos Jon Green



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