When you lose something, you gain something else...

Cathelijn is completely and undeniably alone: no friends, no family, no-one to turn to. All by herself in the centre of a dark forest, she tries to be strong, like a Viking. And that’s when she sees it – the house. A higgledy-piggledy mess of a place as tall as the trees. Inside, she finds Piotr, a small boy who never stops talking, and Elka, a grey-haired explorer who insists they keep the curtains closed tight.

When they suddenly launch into the air and set off across the sky, Cathelijn learns that this is no ordinary house: it’s a Rescue House, and it rescues the Loneliest Child in the world. So begins an extraordinary adventure that takes Cathelijn across the world and deep inside herself, on a journey of self-realisation and self-determination.

A new contemporary fairy-tale, HOUSE is a mad-cap adventure story of loneliness, belonging and flying houses. Featuring a cast of memorable characters, and a living breathing house, this fun-filled escapade for the whole family will set imaginations soaring.

The original 2021 season of HOUSE was a Barking Gecko Theatre and Perth Festival co-production.

"A triumph of comic timing…poignant and exquisitely staged…a winning show"
— The Australian
"A story of such depth and nuance… there is no way to describe it other than an absolute delight"
— ArtsHub
"Whimsical and wonderful… a beautiful production…HOUSE enchants all ages“"
— The West Australian
"An instant classic…utterly captivating…a rather special show indeed"
— Fourth Wall Media

Repertoire Information

Run time: 75mins

Contains haze effects, flashing lights, loud sound effects, and a flying house.

Suitable for relaxed performances, Auslan interpreted performances, and audio description. 

Target Audiences: children and families, the adventurous, and schools.

Available Resources: Marketing kit and collateral, detailed technical specification guides, and creative learning resource.


Nicola Bartlett

Chanella Macri

Isaac Diamond


Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge


Luke Kerridge


Charlotte Lane


Rachael Dease


Richard Vabre


Philip Millar


Tim Collins


Jennifer Medway

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