Past Shows

Institute

TOURING NOW

2014 – PRESENT

When the time comes, will anyone really care?

Welcome to Gecko’s Institute, where forgotten stories and recycled memories pour out of filing cabinets and endless corridors. Four gripping journeys collide in an extraordinary world of breathtaking movement and exquisite storytelling.

Martin longs for one more breath with Margaret. Daniel climbs higher and higher over a towering world but will he fulfil his ambition? Stuck in this beguiling maze of officialdom they lurch from one outrageous task to another. But who is giving the orders?

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Reviews

Institute is a piece of physical and visual theatre capable of swallowing you whole.” Andrew Latimer, EXEUNT

“The choreography is wonderfully eclectic and expressive, and performed by all four men with exquisite precision and feeling.” Sarah Hemming, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

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Support

Supported by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by Derby Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and New Wolsey Theatre. In association with DanceEast and Northern Stage.

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Missing

TOURING NOW

2012 – PRESENT

Lily is on a collision course with her past. Her future depends on how much she is willing to remember…

Critically acclaimed physical dance theatre company Gecko (The Race, The Arab and The Jew, The Overcoat) present a deliciously warped journey into the depths of the human psyche. Plunge into an intoxicating world of exquisite movement and extraordinary visual storytelling.

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Reviews

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

“If you can manage to get a seat I would urge you to do so, and FAST … the most amazing evening of theatre.” Damian Robson, WHAT’S ON STAGE

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Support

Supported by Arts Council England. 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.

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The Time of Your Life

Part of the BBC’s Live From Television Centre Broadcast

Sunday 15th November 2015 on BBC4

The Time of Your Life has an ordinary man at it’s heart. Desperate to feel different and to find a real human connection in a world consumed by social networks and mass advertising, the man embarks on a journey through rooms representing different milestones in his life.

This was a brand new, live 30 minute performance by Gecko created specially for Live From Television Centre; in which 5 UK based theatre companies and makers were selected to showcase their work. The 5 performances were all filmed at the iconic Television Centre complex.

Support

A Gecko and Battersea Arts Centre co-production in collaboration with BBC Arts. Funded by Arts Council England.

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The Overcoat

TOURED 2009 – 2011

Get the coat, get the girl, change the world!

In a futile government department reminiscent of Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’, Akakki falls in love with the beautiful Natalia. His feelings for her are not returned; this drives him to be the best and win the ultimate office prize – the overcoat. But how far is Akakki willing to go? And at what cost?

Inspired by Gogol’s short story, The Overcoat creates an intoxicating world where a man’s thoughts and dreams spill out into everyday life…

Reviews

“Hauntingly and recklessly brilliant … thrilling and sinister surrealist nightmare.” John Peter, THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Creates a dazzlingly inventive world that combines visual flair and physical swagger.” Lyn Gardner, THE GUARDIAN

Support

Funded by Arts Council England. A Gecko and Lyric Hammersmith production in association with Plymouth Theatre Royal.

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The Arab and The Jew

TOURED 2007 – 2008

We have seen our fathers shouting and waving their arms in the air. 
We have watched from a distance and hidden from the news.

Allel Nedjari and Amit Lahav grew up on opposite sides of the Arab-Israeli divide. Here they celebrate their brotherhood and laugh and cry at their reflections. The Arab and The Jew is both a riot of sound, image and movement and an ambitious dance of reason and conciliation.

Reviews

“A bleakly funny, brutally painful comedy. Imagine Newsnight performed by the Marx Brothers and script-edited by Beckett.” Bruce Dessau, EVENING STANDARD

“… brilliantly vaudevillian two-hander with tragic underpinnings … dazzlingly unpredictable.” Donald Hutera, THE TIMES

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The Race

TOURED 2005 – 2007

One man is on a collision course with his future, sprinting to the most important moment of his life. But will he be ready? What will he feel the moment he sees his child’s eyes?

Visually stunning and astoundingly athletic, barely pausing for breath this show chronicles a man trying to reconnect his feelings and truly live. The Race is a whirl of masterful movement, vivid colour and emotive music.

Reviews

“Stunning visual storytelling … The Race turns hope, fears, fantasies and the survival of the human race itself into a wondrous piece of theatre.” Claire Allfree, METRO

“Surfing from image to image, the swell of physical energy is explosive.” Jenny Gilbert, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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Taylor’s Dummies

TOURED 2003 – 2005

A chance encounter with a mysterious woman throws Taylor’s world into turmoil.

Eloquently crafted to music, Taylor’s Dummies plumbs the depths of male desire, through a series of visual scenes that are both stunning and deeply emotional. Sharp suited performers walk up walls and fly through the air, life-sized dummies come to life, and a baby doll sings ‘Fly Me to the Moon’.

Reviews

“An explosive piece of physical theatre, which makes a habit of bending the rules so far you forget about them all together. Their precision makes near impossible feats seem almost effortless.” TIME OUT

“The audience were left whooping and stamping their feet with appreciation.” TOTAL THEATRE

Support

Developed at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre as part of ROAR 03 and co-produced by Battersea Arts Centre. Arts Council England and Lottery funded.

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Youth Projects

Gecko have created various original performances with Youth Companies, including Tender Realm with Plymouth Theatre Royal in 2005, 2008’s Depth Charge with Lyric Hammersmith and The Rising with Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre in 2011.

Both of Gecko’s Associate Directors are heavily involved in youth theatre activities. Helen Baggett works very regularly with the New Wolsey Young company. Rich Rusk also co-directed a Gecko-style production of the Elephant Man with the New Wolsey.

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