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Farewell to Artistic Director of Barking Gecko Theatre

Barking Gecko Theatre bids farewell to Luke Kerridge, as he steps down as Artistic Director. 

Luke leaves behind a legacy of artistic excellence. His unique vision and dedication have created unforgettable performances that have inspired audiences of all ages.

Luke’s first engagement with the company was as the director and co-adaptor of the Helpmann Award winning Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. After becoming Artistic Director, he was the director and co-creator/adaptor of HOUSE, The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker and CICADA. These works ushered in a new era for Barking Gecko Theatre, furthering the company’s reputation for creating sophisticated works of quality and scale. Other highlights of Luke’s tenure include the establishment of an Associate Artist program, a new in-schools immersive learning program, a longitudinal research project on the lasting impacts of live performance, a forthcoming book publication and Barking Gecko’s Inspire program, which has provided free access to our theatre for over 15,000 children so far.

Throughout his tenure, Luke’s leadership has been unwavering. As Luke moves on, we wish him every success. We are confident that his creativity, passion, and dedication will continue in all his future endeavours.

Luke will continue to direct for the company and be an integral part of some exciting projects planned across 2024 and 2025.


 Ryan Taaffe, CEO of Barking Gecko Theatre:
"Luke’s work has been inspiring during his time with us. We are grateful for his contributions and wish him every success in his future endeavours. He will always be a part of Barking Gecko Theatre."

 Tony Chong, Board Chair of Barking Gecko Theatre: 
"Under Luke's guidance, Barking Gecko Theatre has flourished artistically. His work has left an indelible mark on our organisation. We thank him for his dedication and passion.”

 Luke Kerridge:
“It’s been an honour to be at the artistic helm of Barking Gecko and making theatre for the most important audience there is: children. I am so proud of the body of work we have created and grateful to the incredible artists I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with.”