The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker
9 - 16 April 2022
State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre

The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker

9 - 16 April 2022 State Theatre Centre of WA, Heath Ledger Theatre Buy tickets

Presented by Barking Gecko Theatre

All grown-ups were children once. Although few of them remember it.

There was a time, long ago, when Wilbur Whittaker’s mind would wander and wonder, but these days he cares more about sensible things like neck-ties and … fences.

As a boy, Wilbur kept his wonderings in a special shoebox, but as he grew up and followed the path of ‘What Was Best’ and ‘Doesn’t That Sound More Sensible’, he forgot all about his wonderings and his plans for one day.

That is until Wilbur is visited by a collections officer from ‘The Bureau’ – a recycling agency for long forgotten wonderings. Wilbur surrenders his special shoebox only to discover that without it, he begins to disappear. With time running out before he is un-wondered forever, Wilbur is drawn into an epic adventure that takes him to the furthest reaches of the galaxy.

From the writer/director duo behind 2021’s sell-out smash hit HOUSE and Helpmann Award-winning Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories, comes a brand new play about creativity, growing up and living outside of the box. An intergalactic adventure for intergenerational audiences, this 80s inspired electric dream is a heartfelt and irreverent escapade for the whole family.

About Barking Gecko Theatre Story Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge
Concept & Direction 
Luke Kerridge
Dan Giovannoni
Set & Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Composer Claudio
Sound Designer Tim Collins
Lighting Designer Lucy Birkinshaw
Cast includes Adriano Cappelletta, Grace Chow & Alexandria Steffensen

About Barking Gecko Theatre

Barking Gecko Theatre is Western Australia’s locally cherished, nationally significant company that creates theatre for children and their families. We are honoured to make our work on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar people.

Barking Gecko has a global reputation for crafting exquisite theatre of ambition, sophistication and scale. The stories we tell on stage fuse big ideas and questions with timeless, imaginative worlds. We speak to children in the here and now – to their inner lives and experience of growing up in a complex world.

Learn more about Barking Gecko Theatre. 

Please note:
  • Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance.
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.
  • $45.00 Adult at children's pricing
  • $45.00 Children 
  • $35.00 Concession (Pensioners, Seniors Card holders, Health Care Card holders, unemployed)
  • $145.00 Family pass (4 tickets) 


  • $35.00 Groups (8+)
    For group bookings phone (08) 6212 9291 or email
  • $35.00 School groups (11+) (one complimentary ticket per 10 purchased)
    For school group bookings phone (08) 6184 4905 or email

Babes in arms permitted up to 2 years old. 

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Phone: $6.95. In person: $0. Group bookings: $8.95. Add $2 for postage by Standard Mail or $4.40 for Registered Mail.
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  • Wednesday 13 April 10:00am

Audio described performance

  • Thursday 14 April 2:00pm

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