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Fri 18 Jul 2014, 7:00pm
Sat 9 Aug 2014, 7:00pm

Where: State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, 174/192 William Street, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: micale

Barking Gecko Theatre Company's JASPER JONES
Based on the novel by Craig Silvey Adapted by Kate Mulvany
Directed by John Sheedy


When Perth literary hero, Craig Silvey penned Jasper Jones it quickly caused a national sensation. Subsequently, it has been listed as a ‘Top 10 Aussie Novel to Read Before You Die’ and received claims it was no less than “Australia’s To Kill A Mockingbird”. After years of development and determination Barking Gecko Theatre Company will premiere Jasper Jones at the State Theatre Centre of WA in July.
The staging of Jasper Jones will be a landmark event in this year’s cultural calendar – when the classic WA novel, adapted by lauded WA playwright Kate Mulvany, becomes a modern classic play.

Set in the fictional town in Corrigan in 1965, the story centres upon Charlie Bucktin, who by his own admission, is probably the only teenager who reads books in a town that’s sports mad. His best mate, Jeffrey Lu is Vietnamese and isn’t having such a good time of things either. Jasper Jones, described by the town as an untrustworthy half-caste, does his best to keep under the radar.

One summer night, Jasper takes Charlie to his secret glade in the bush. Charlie witnesses a terrible discovery and is suddenly embroiled in a plot with more twists and turns than any of the novels he so dearly loves. Jasper Jones explores notions of race, class and family breakdown through the eyes of teens revealing their astonishing resilience and capacity for hope.

BGTC Artistic Director John Sheedy has assembled a superb cast including Shaka Cook in the title role of Jasper Jones, four WAAPA alumni: James Beck in the role of Charlie Bucktin; Hoa Xuande as Jeffrey Lu; with Elizabeth Blackmore and Alexandra Jones. Award-winning actor Humphrey Bower completes this fine ensemble.

Tickets $30 – 45
Recommended for ages 15+