Adapted for the Stage by Dan Giovannoni and Luke Kerridge from Bamberts Buch der verschollenen Geschichten by Reinhardt Jung

This is the story of Bambert – an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories. And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little balloons, in the hope that they will find a home. The stories contain instructions: whoever finds them is to return them to Bambert with a stamp from wherever they landed, so he knows where they should be set. But as each day passes, and no stories return, Bambert’s hope begins to fade. 

Will his stories ever find a home?

In this delightfully theatrical production Reinhardt Jung’s internationally lauded novel is brought to life in an inventive and enchanting production for children and adults alike.

Winner of the 2016 Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation and nominated for Best New Australian Work, Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories brings together some of Australia’s most creative theatrical minds to realise this exquisite tale. In turn joyous and melancholy, this must see new production reminds us of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, of the power of kindness.

This acclaimed production comes to QPAC following a season at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, one of the largest events of its kind in the world.

Come early, write your wish for the world and watch if fly! Bambert’s Wish Station is located in the Playhouse Stalls Foyer and operates prior to each performance.

While you’re at QPAC, drop in to see Puppet People, a free exhibition in the Tony Gould Gallery with extended opening hours during the Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories season:

Wednesday 10am – 6.15pm
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 6.15pm
Saturday 10am – 6.15pm
Sunday 10am – 1.30pm
A small, perfectly formed masterpiece that imaginatively explores the idea that stories can change the world.” The Australian
“5 stars out of 5. Artshub
“The nature of true friendship, the shadowy presence of loneliness and mortality, filter through the comedy and colourful re-enactments of Bambert's stories with a thoughtfulness that is both wise and moving.” The Herald Scotland

Creative Team
Adapter Dan Giovannoni
Adapter & Director Luke Kerridge
Production Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer Chris Donnelly
Composer/Sound Designer Ian Moorhead
Dramaturg Matt Edgerton



    Recommended for ages 8+

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Presented by QPAC. A Barking Gecko Theatre Company production

Pricing Guide

Admission Premium $45 A-Reserve $39 B-Reserve $29
A-Reserve i Admission $29
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  • Bambert's Book of Lost Stories Education Guide

    An education guide is available and has been prepared primarily for teachers of students in years 3 to 6, but contains wonderful resources for parents and carers to prepare children before attending a performance of Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories.

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Media Reviews

"Meets and exceeds all expectations... It wends its charming little way into your heart, and takes you on a bittersweet little journey to an enchanting place." By Perth Arts Live

"An amazing new show... Lavishly presented, it is a beautifully presented piece for all ages." By Stage Whispers

"Jonathon Oxlade’s little set is like the surprise inside a Faberge egg." By The West Australian