The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker | BREC

The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker

Run Time 80 minutes
Ticket Prices
Adult $31.50 +BF | Concession $25.00 +BF | Child $16.50 +BF | Family 2a/2ch $86.40 +BF
BREC presents Barking Gecko Theatre’s
The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker By Dan Giovannoni

WARNINGS: Smoke / haze / Strobe effects


Bringing your kids to the show on Tuesday May 10, 2022,  6:00 pm and not sure what to do for dinner?
Wilbur Kids packs will be onsale from 5:00pm and include a Hot Dog, Juice Box, Bag of Pop Corn and an Apple.

View Sessions
10 May 2022
6:00 pm
11 May 2022
9:30 am
11 May 2022
12:30 pm
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All grown-ups were children once. Although few of them remember it.

There was a time, long ago, when Wilbur Whittaker’s mind would wander and wonder, but these days he cares more about sensible things like neck-ties and… fences.

As a boy, Wilbur kept his wonderings in a special shoebox, but as he grew up and followed the path of ‘What Was Best’ and ‘Doesn’t That Sound More Sensible’, he forgot all about his wonderings and his plans for one day.

That is until Wilbur is visited by a collections officer from ‘The Bureau’ – a recycling agency for long forgotten wonderings. Wilbur surrenders his special shoebox only to discover that without it, he begins to disappear. With time running out before he is un-wondered forever, Wilbur is drawn into an epic adventure that takes him to the furthest reaches of the galaxy.

From the writer/director duo behind 2021’s sell-out smash hit HOUSE and Helpmann Award-winning Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories, comes a brand new play about creativity, growing up and living outside of the box. An intergalactic adventure for intergenerational audiences, this 80s inspired electric dream is a heartfelt and irreverent escapade for the whole family.

About The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker

The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker is the new work from playwright Dan Giovannoni and Barking Gecko’s Artistic Director Luke Kerridge, the duo behind the sell-out smash-hit HOUSE and Helpmann Award-winning Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories.

A brand-new Australian play about creativity, growing up and living outside of the box, it is the story of Wilbur Whittaker, a reluctant hero who must journey across the universe in search of his lost wonder.

Artist Credits

Story Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge
Concept & Direction Luke Kerridge
Writer Dan Giovannoni
Set & Costume Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Animation & Video Designer Tee Ken Ng
Composer CLAUDIO
Sound Designer Tim Collins
Lighting Designer Lucy Birkinshaw
Movement Bernadette Lewis
Puppetry Consultant Sarah Nelson
Dramaturg Dom Mercer
Directing Secondment Michelle Hall

CAST includes
Adriano Cappelletta
Grace Chow
Luke Hewitt
Laura Maitland

Premiere Production

The original production of The Great Un-Wondering of Wilbur Whittaker was a Barking Gecko Theatre production which opened on 9 April 2022 at Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA, including the following cast:

Adriano Cappelletta
Grace Chow
Luke Hewitt
Laura Maitland


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Tickets & Venue Info

If you experience any difficulties booking tickets, please contact our Box Office Team on 1300 661 272, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.


$10 OPEN – I need a good night out but I’m still feeling the COVID pinch
$20 ENTER – I need a good night out but can pay a bit more
$40 UNLOCK – I love a good night out and am happy to help
$60 FLING – I want to fling the door open and be a BREC champion

limited BREC Access tickets available

  ACCESSIBILITY For accessible bookings please contact our Box Office Team on 1300 661 272. Our Box Office is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

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About Barking Gecko Theatre

Barking Gecko Theatre is Western Australia’s locally cherished, nationally significant company that creates theatre for children and their families. We are honoured to make our work on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar people.

Barking Gecko has a global reputation for crafting exquisite theatre of ambition, sophistication and scale. The stories we tell on stage fuse big ideas and questions with timeless, imaginative worlds. We speak to children in the here and now – to their inner lives and experience of growing up in a complex world.

When it comes to creating theatre for young audiences, our motto is: for the smallest, only the finest. We work with the country’s leading artists, developing our shows with care and rigour over a number of years.

Once Barking Gecko’s productions premiere in Perth they go on to tour regionally, nationally and internationally. The productions are linked to year-round Creative Learning programs that we deliver in classrooms and communities. Children feed into our creative process via our Gecko Ensembles program of weekly drama classes, creating a direct connection with audiences across metropolitan Perth and regional WA.

Across our 30+ year history, Barking Gecko has created 72 new Australian works and performed in 12 countries across the globe. Our award-winning theatre has reached audiences of over 1 million people, leaving a legacy of wonder and imagination in the hearts and minds of children.