Cicada | BREC


Run Time 55 minutes
Ticket Prices Adult $30 + BF | Concession $25+ BF
Under 18 $20+ BF | Family $99+ BF | BREC Access Applies
BREC & Barking Gecko Theatre Present Cicada
Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge and Tim Watts from Cicada by Shaun Tan


WARNING: Haze effects and some flashing lights

ARRIVE EARLY! Explore the Inner Bug Museum before the show
View Sessions
03 June 2023
4:00 pm
08 June 2023
5:30 pm
View Sessions

Cicada tell story. Story Good. Story simple. Story even human can understand. Tok! Tok! Tok!

So begins the story of a dutiful cicada who works away in a grey office year after year.

Overlooked and unappreciated by his co-workers, Cicada weaves a dream of escape, keeping his secrets hidden until the day something truly extraordinary begins to happen…

Winner of the Children’s Book Council Award for Best Picture Book in 2019, this new adaptation brings master-storyteller Shaun Tan’s much-loved Cicada to life on the stage with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling by some of WA’s leading theatremakers.

A small story of epic proportions, Cicada is an enchanting tale of difference, resilience and the light we all have inside ourselves.

About Cicada

Barking Gecko brings lauded WA storyteller Shaun Tan’s masterpiece Cicada to life with exquisite puppetry and visual storytelling.

The tale of a dutiful cicada who works in a grey office until his day of transformation finally arrives, this is a story of big ideas and one very adorable little insect.

Artist and Tour Crew Credits

Adapted from CICADA by Shaun Tan
Adapted for the stage by Arielle Gray, Luke Kerridge & Tim Watts
Director – Luke Kerridge
Designer – Tyler Hill
Prop Design Assistant – Amalia Lambert
Composer – Jonathon Jie Hong Yang
Sound Design – Tim Collins
Lighting Design – Chloe Ogilvie
Video Design – Tim Watts
Puppet Construction – Tamara Rewse
Cast – Tamara Creasey & Shane Adamczak
Technical Manager – Eugene Mackinnon
Company Stage Manager – Emily Stokoe
Stage Manager – Georgia Sealey

Produced by arrangement with Passion Australia | Highly Spirited Pty Ltd.
Image & Text reproduced with permission from Cicada by Shaun Tan, Hachette Australia, 2018.



  If you experience any difficulties booking tickets, please contact our Box Office Team on 1300 661 272 – Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am to 4pm.

  ACCESSIBILITY For accessible bookings please contact our Box Office Team on 1300 661 272.

 The safety of our patrons, staff, and community remains our priority, and we’re working hard to ensure your safety while visiting BREC. For further information please refer to our COVID 19 Policy

  We continue to encourage online bookings and contactless payments at the bar.


A doorway to the arts that’s always open!

We want everyone to have the opportunity to see this show at BREC.

So here’s our offer. Through BREC Access we are making some seats available for those who need a good night out but who can’t manage full price at the moment and we invite those who can to ‘pay it forward’ and choose a higher price.

$10.00  OPEN – I need a good night out but the cost of living is starting to bite!
$25.00  ENTER – I need a good night out but can pay a bit more
$70.00  FLING – I want to pay it forward and fling open the doors for someone else

* Limited BREC Access Tickets available


COLOUR IN AND WIN tickets to see CICADA at BREC!

Bring little CICADA to life in our colouring in competition.

First place winner will receive a family pass (2 Adults +2 Children, value $99) to see CICADA on SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2023 at 4:00pm.
Second Place Winner will receive a double pass (1 Adult + 1 Child, value $50).

Both winners’ artworks will be published in BREC’s newsletter, website, and social media platforms.

Entries are due by 4pm SATURDAY 27 MAY 2023.
Winners will be notified on MONDAY 29 MAY 2023.


“My family and I agreed that this was one of the best theatre shows we have seen. It had all ages guffawing with laughter one moment and holding back tears the next. The plot touched our hearts and promoted reflection. We grew fond of the little creature we had come to know in the past hour. I highly recommend you see it. “
Seesaw Junior review by Pippa Turnbull, age 14

A must-see for young families, I suggest adults who love thoughtful theatre borrow a child to take, or just take themselves – a treat for all.”
Stage Whispers