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Barking Gecko Theatre

A Ghost in My Suitcase

A hair raising and heartwarming super natural thriller.
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“superb family theatre – a stylish, big-hearted and vibrant adaptation of a much-loved children’s book.”

- The Age

Travel from contemporary Australia to cosmopolitan Shanghai and to the misty byways of rural China in the enchanting family mystery A Ghost in My Suitcase.

Twelve-year-old Celeste arrives in China to scatter her mother’s ashes, but in no time flat she’s thrust into a world of magic and myth. Her grandmother has carried on the family tradition of ghost catching and Celeste finds she too has a knack for the hair-raising pursuit.

Barking Gecko Theatre’s visually spectacular stage version of A Ghost in My Suitcase, adapted by Vanessa Bates from Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning book of the same name, is equal parts thrilling and heartwarming.

A Perth Festival Co-Commission

Images: Daniel Grant

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Tickets from $25 - $36 + BF

Reserved Seating Family Pack Adult $36 / Adult $36 / Student $25 / Child $25

Restricted View Restricted View $25

Heath Ledger Theatre


26 Feb - 3 Mar 2019

Tue 26 Feb 2019, 7.00 PM

Wed 27 Feb 2019, 11.00 AM

Wed 27 Feb 2019, 7.00 PM

Fri 1 Mar 2019, 7.00 PM

Sat 2 Mar 2019, 2.00 PM

Sat 2 Mar 2019, 7.00 PM

Sun 3 Mar 2019, 2.00 PM

Sun 3 Mar 2019, 5.00 PM



  • Tactile Tour Tactile Tour
  • Auslan Performances Auslan Performances
  • Audio Described Audio Described
  • Assistive Listening Assistive Listening
  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

Auslan interpreted performance | Sat 2 Mar 2pm
Audio described performance | Sun 3 Mar 2pm
Tactile tour | Sun 3 Mar matinee

additional information


Please Note

Duration: 70mins
Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break.

Warning: Recommended for ages 8+
Contains strobe lighting and loud sounds.


Artistic Credits

Author Gabrielle Wang
Playwright Vanessa Bates
Co-Directors Ching Ching Ho & Matt Edgerton
Set & Costume Designer Zoë Atkinson            
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Composer & Sound Designer Rachael Dease
Media Artist Sohan Ariel Hayes
Fight Director Andy Fraser
Puppetry Consultant Michael Barlow
Camera Assistant & Media Intern Georgia Ivers


Celeste Alice Keohavong
Por Por Amanda Ma
Ting Ting Yilin Kong
Female Ensemble Frieda Lee
Male Ensemble John Shrimpton

Image: Daniel Grant


Production Credits

Production Manager Andrew Portwine
Assistant Production Manager Michael Maclean
Stage Manager Emily Stokoe
Sound Operator and Programmer Tim Collins
Stage Technician & Puppeteer St John Cowcher
Stage Technician Matthew McCabe
Set Construction The Black Swan Workshop
Additional Set Construction Plumb Arts Workshop
Costume Construction & Maintenance Nicole Marrington
Media Assistant Jake Bamford
Producer Helen Hristofski
Creative Learning Resources Libby Klysz


Post Show Conversation

Wed 27 Feb 8.15pm                            



This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative managed by the Australia Council, its arts and funding advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Perth Festival, Sydney Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival.


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