Missing is a deliciously warped journey into the depths of the human psyche. Follow Lily, a woman whose soul appears to be decaying. She is very successful in life and love but something is missing…

Amit Lahav’s production invites the audience to experience a series of extraordinary images, jaw-dropping choreography and a tantalizing multilingual vocal landscape. The shadows of Lily’s past invite her, along with each audience member, to consider how far they have strayed from who they are and where they come from.

Missing is a truly universal theatrical experience. Since 2012 it has toured to Russia, China, Georgia, Malta, Colombia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, South Korea, Spain, Greece and across the UK.

In March 2015, during a three week run at Battersea Arts Centre, Missing was completely destroyed in a fire which devastated the Grand Hall. With help from generous support from our audiences and industry up and down the country, we managed to completely rebuild the production in just eight days so we could go ahead with our tour of Mexico.

We’re delighted to be returning to the Battersea Arts Centre for our first UK performances since the fire to finish the run as part of the Phoenix Season in the reborn Grand Hall.

Gecko’s Artistic Director Amit Lahav says:

“15 years ago, Gecko began its journey at BAC with its first show Taylor’s Dummies – we were outrageously ambitious and pushed the building hard to create something unique.  At the time I probably didn’t appreciate just how up for it everyone was and how willing they were to match us step by step (surely everyone loves making theatre as much as I do!?). It’s only after many years that you realise not every building you enter has that appetite and courage. Taylor’s Dummies had two sell out runs and we then embarked on the adventures of show number two: The Race – completely reconfiguring the main house.  BAC was the perfect nest and playground for Gecko’s early years.

It seems that you only really find out how resilient and meaningful your relationships are when you’re in trouble or in great need.  All those years of kinship and graft between Gecko and BAC really meant something in the days that followed the fire; it was clear we were not going to suffer.

I have never felt so much love and affection for Gecko as in the days that followed the fire from colleagues, venues and arts companies around the country and around the world.  It was strangely one of the most uplifting and affirming experiences of my life. BAC has played a pivotal role in Gecko’s voyage and I am very proud to have been a part of its legendary gift to art makers all over the country.”

Creative Team

Created by Amit Lahav
Producer: Rosalind WynnRosalind@geckotheatre.com
Production Manager: Chris Swaininfo@geckotheatre.com

Chris Evans
Ryen Perkins‐Gangnes
Katie Lusby / Georgina Roberts
Amit Lahav
Anna Finkel

Design: Rhys Jarman and Amit Lahav
Lighting Design: Chris Swain and Amit Lahav
Original Music: Dave Price
Associate Director: Rich Rusk
Sound Design: Enzo Appetecchia
Costume Supervisor: Amy Cook

Technical Stage Manager: Sean FordAndres Velasquez / Mishi Bekesi
Company Stage Manager: Alyssa WattsTanya Stephenson / Laura Hammond
Re-Lighter: Joe Hornsby
Sound Operator: André Birck

Musicians: Dave Price, Ben Hales, Sam Burgess, Al Cherry & Finn Peters
Solo Vocalist: Georgina Roberts


Supported by Arts Council England and Ipswich Borough Council. Co-commissioned by New Wolsey Theatre in association with Warwick Arts Centre and DanceEast.

Ideas originally developed with Kanopy Dance and the University of Wisconsin.

   An image of the New Wolsey Theatre logo.   An image of the Warwick Arts Centre logo.   An image of the DanceEast logo.

Tour Dates

17 – 20 October 2018
York Theatre Royal
York, UK
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29 – 31 January 2019
Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham, UK
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5 – 8 February 2019
Nuffield Southampton (Campus)
Southampton, UK
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“Together they generate a tingling energy.” Donald Hutera

“A kind of restless delirium, dense with poetic effect.” Sanjoy Roy

Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle
“With this flawless production, Gecko have created a wonderful, beautiful roller coaster ride into the murky world of memory.” Moira Hunt

“You could see this show several times and gain something new from it each time. . . . Gecko’s Missing is a fascinating, vivid piece of physical storytelling that will have a personal meaning for everyone who sees it.” Catherine Sutherland

“The choreography is bewitching.” Callum Madge

“The depth of human experience covered in the play was extensive: dysfunction, loneliness, love, rage, loss, pain, hope, fear, redemption – all executed with intensity and elegance. Enigmatic, unique, frightening and breathtaking, missing Missing should be avoided at all costs.”
Isla VT

Past touring

Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK
Thessaloniki, Greece
Madrid, Spain
Beijing & Hangzhou, China
Penang, Malaysia
Uijeongbu, South Korea
Hong Kong
Mexico City, Guadalajara & Puebla, Mexico
Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK
Voronezh & Moscow, Russia
Royal Opera House, London, UK
Bogota, Colombia
Gdansk, Poland
Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Nanjing, China
Edinburgh, UK
Tbilisi, Georgia
Derby & Bristol, UK
Valletta, Malta
Coventry, Newcastle, Southampton, Ipswich, Poole, The Place (London), Manchester & Plymouth, UK