A Ghost in My Suitcase
Barking Gecko Theatre | Australia
World Premiere Season
9–19 January Sydney Opera House $56–$71 + BF 75 mins
Multipack Event
{{page + 1}} / {{pages}}
  • Wed 9 January at 6.30pm
    Thu 10 January at 1.30pm & 6.30pm
    Fri 11 January at 6.30pm
    Sat 12 January at 1.30pm & 6pm
    Sun 13 January at 1.30pm
    Tue 15 January at 1.30pm (SMH Q&A)
    Wed 16 January at 1.30pm* & 6.30pm
    Thu 17 January at 1.30pm
    Fri 18 January at 6.30pm 
    Sat 19 January at 1.30pm** & 6pm

    *Auslan interpreted & Audio described. Tactile Tour at 12.30pm.
    **Captioned Performance

  • Tue & Wed + matinee:
    Premium $66
    A Reserve $56 / $50
    Family (4) $150
    Under 30 $39
    + booking fee

    Premium $71
    A Reserve $61 / $55
    Family (4) $200
    + booking fee

A Ghost in My Suitcase
Barking Gecko Theatre | Australia
World Premiere Season

A breathtaking and magical adventure about grief, hunting for ghosts and a secret family gift, adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s thrilling novel, winner of the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Novel.

Leaving behind her grieving father and brother in Australia, twelve-year-old Celeste travels to Shanghai to scatter her Chinese mother’s ashes in the Isle of Clouds, her 500-year-old ancestral home.

In a land she finds puzzlingly familiar, Celeste meets her gutsy, ghost-hunting grandmother, Por Por, for the first time, and also discovers her own spirit-chasing powers. Soon, Celeste is swept into a hair-raising battle, defying dangerous ancient spirits and teaming up with the hostile Ting Ting, Por Por’s adopted child, in a race to save her grandmother.

Written by Vanessa Bates and directed by Matt Edgerton and Ching Ching Ho, Barking Gecko’s beguiling and breathtaking stage production is suitable for ages 8+.

"Wang uses beautifully depicted characters and intricate settings to flesh out this elegant tale about memory [and] cultural identity" - Aurealis Award Judges

Want to read the script and learn more? Head to Australian Plays here

Important Info
Recommended for 8+. This performance contains smoke, haze, strobe. Short lockout applies. Latecomers will be permitted at an appropriate time.
Cast and Credits
Author: Gabrielle Wang
Playwright: Vanessa Bates
Co-Directors: Ching Ching Ho & Matt Edgerton
Set & Costume Designer: Zoë Atkinson
Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall
Composer & Sound Designer: Rachael Dease
Media Artist: Sohan Ariel Hayes
Fight Director: Andy Fraser
Puppetry Consultant: Michael Barlow

Production Manager: Andrew Portwine 
Assistant Production Manager: Michael Maclean
Stage Manager: Emily Stokoe 
Assistant Stage Manager: Leigh Gardener
Sound Operator and Programmer: Tim Collins
Stage Technician: Matt McCabe
Set Construction: The Black Swan Workshop
Additional Set Construction: Plumb Arts Workshop
Costume Construction: Sara Walker
Costume Assistant: Nicole Marrington
Media Assistant: Jake Bamford
Producer: Helen Hristofski
Creative Learning Resources: Libby Klysz


Celeste: Alice Keohavong
Por Por: Amanda Ma
Ting Ting: Yilin Kong
Female Ensemble: Frieda Lee
Male Ensemble: Imanuel Dado

Images: Stefan Gosatti, Daniel Grant

9–19 January
$56–$71 + BF
75 mins
★★★★½ "Superb family theatre"
The Age
Major Festivals Initiative Sydney Opera House

Create an account

Plan your festival! save your favourite events and share with friends.

Forgot Password

You can save with a multipack!

Were you looking to purchase a multipack?

You have added 1 event.
+2 to get up to 10% off.

You have added 2 events.
+1 to get up to 10% off.

You’ve saved up to 10%.
+2 more events to get up to 20% off.

You’ve saved up to 10%.
+1 more events to get up to 20% off.

Congrats! You’ve saved up to 20%.
Not done? Keep adding or Buy your multipack now.

Add more events Buy 1 Event Buy multipack

Forgotten your password?

Enter your email below to have your password sent to the address