Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

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“Perfectly formed masterpiece”

- The Australian

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

Arts Centre Melbourne presents Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s presents

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

Adapted for the Stage by Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge from Bambert's Buch der Verschollenen Geschichten by Reinhardt Jung

Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories brings together some of Australia’s most creative theatrical minds to realise this exquisite tale. In turn joyous and melancholy, this award winning new production reminds us of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, of the power of kindness. 

In this delightfully theatrical production Reinhardt Jung’s internationally lauded novel is brought to life in an inventive and enchanting production for children and adults alike.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?

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Themes / Ideas explored

  • Storytelling
  • Empathy
  • Emotions and Feelings
  • Fairtyales
  • Imagination
  • Puppetry

Curriculum Links:

 Learning Areas  Capabilities

The Arts

  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

Critical and Creative Thinking


Personal and Social


Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories Adapted for Stage by Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge from Bamberts Buch der Verschollenen Geschichten by Reinhardt Jung
Adapter: Dan Giovannoni
Adapter & Director: Luke Kerridge
Production Designer: Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer: Chris Donnelly
Composer/Sound Designer: Ian Moorhead
Dramaturg: Matt Edgerton

Igor Sas
Amanda McGregor
Jo Morris
Nick Maclaine
Tim Watts

Barking gecko            Woodside Logo

Original Photograph: Matt Biocich. Image by Juicebox.


25 – 27 October
(Term 4)

25 October, 10:30am & 1pm
26 October, 10:30am & 1pm*
27 October, 12pm

Duration: 70 min + 10 min post-show Q&A

Price range



Years 3-6


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WARNING: This production uses theatrical haze 
WheelchairAssistive Hearing
*AUSLAN interpreted performance for schools on Thursday 26 October at 1pm

In-school workshops available. Click here for more information.