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

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?

This Helpmann award-winning production brings Reinhardt Jung’s internationally lauded novel to life in an inventive and enchanting production for children and adults alike.

“A moving, unique and unmissable piece of theatre.” – Subiaco Post

“Captures the potency of the artistic mind, and the resilience of the human spirit.” – Pelican

“It wends its charming little way into your heart, and takes you on a bittersweet little journey to an enchanting place.” – Perth Arts Live

“… this is a wonderful show that will move and delight.” – Stage Whispers

Share your own wish!
Join us in the Fairfax Studio foyer before or after the performance for a free interactive experience. Just like Bambert, you can write down your wish for the world and watch it fly into the night on a balloon. Using projections and animations, you will be able to see your dream magically appear on the screen!



Development Partner

Woodside LogoBarking Gecko Theatre Company

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

Original Photograph: Matt Biocich. Image by Juicebox.


27 & 28 October

Friday 27 October, 7pm
Saturday 28 October, 2pm & 7pm

Auslan Interpreted Performance
28 October, 2pm

Audio Described Performance
Friday 27 October, 7pm

Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)


Fairfax Studio


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Recommended for ages 8+

WheelchairAssistive Hearing

auslanAuslan Interpreted Performance
28 October, 2pm
Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan signing the text and dialogue live.

Audio Described Audio Described Performance
27 October, 7pm
Audio described performances offer people who are blind or have low vision an understanding of what is happening visually within a theatre, television, film, DVD, museum, exhibition or other arts related productions. This additional narration, carried out by experienced audio describers, is transmitted to individual audience members via a receiver and headphones.