Barking Gecko Theatre Presents


By Dan Giovannoni


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 part 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.


Story by Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge

Playwright: Dan Giovannoni

Director: Luke Kerridge

Designer: Charlotte Lane

Composer: Rachael Dease

Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre

Contraptions Designer: Philip Millar

System Designer: Tim Collins

Dramaturg: Jennifer Medway

Cast: Nicola Bartlett, Isaac Diamond and Chanella Macri

Stage Manager: Georgia Landre-Ord

Production Manager: Michael Maclean


Age 8+

Duration approx. 65 min.