A coming of age tale about just how difficult it can be to stay true to your friends

A Barking Gecko Theatre and Windmill production by arrangement with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company

When Martin moves to a new school he feels lost in a sea of strange faces, especially when class bully Sharon takes a dislike to him. That is until he meets Simon McGurk and forms a friendship with Simon, despite their differences. Then, one day, Martin does something that will poison their friendship forever.

Created by Rob Evans, Andy Manley and Gill Robertson, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk was presented by Barking Gecko Theatre Company as a co-production with Windmill Theatre Company in 2014.

A five-star hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk is a coming of age tale about just how difficult it can be to stay true to your friends.

Originally created for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, and was first performed across schools in Scotland in 2008 and again in May 2010 at the Imaginate Children’s Festival. It performed at the Sydney Opera House in November 2011. It has completed a successful run at the Auckland Arts Festival, and was nominated for a Brian Way Award in 2011 and a Herald Archangel Award in 2012. Barking Gecko toured the work in 2015 and 2016.

"The themes will resonate regardless of your age"
— Herald Sun
"No matter what age you are, it’s emotional, uplifting and completely unforgotettable"
— Fest Magazine

Deviser Andy Manley
Director Gill Robertson
Writer Rob Evans
SoundDesigner Danny Krass
Performer Marko Jovanovic