Education & Outreach

Gecko runs an array of development programmes providing specialist skills training for professional performers, teachers, graduates, young artists and students from schools and colleges pursuing careers in theatre.

Activities take place throughout the year and include regular both public and private masterclasses, workshops, and week-long intensive residencies. Please scroll down for more information.

To find out all about our creative process both on and off the stage, please visit our YouTube channel. 

Schools

Over the past decade Gecko has developed and delivered a programme of high-quality workshops and residencies for schools, improving participants’ physical, social and creative confidence, enhancing key performance and devising skills and expanding imaginations.

We are currently working hard to develop our workshop offer and resources to be in line with the new GCSE and A Level national drama curriculum’s. To find out all about our creative process both on and off the stage, please visit our YouTube channel. 

Our schools workshops are suitable for students at GCSE, BTEC and A Level.

Calling all Suffolk based Drama Teachers!

After development of a Steering Group with various Gecko staff and a number of teachers working in Suffolk, we’re delighted to pilot an idea for a project which aims to develop ways in which we can serve teachers and students in the county: GECKO SUFFOLK DRAMA TEACHERS.

Project Aims:
The aim for the project is to support Suffolk teachers in the delivery of devising modules within the new drama curriculums. Feedback has suggested that teachers are finding the newly introduced devising modules at both GCSE and A Level challenging and that little guidance and training has been provided from the exam boards. As an internationally acclaimed devising physical theatre company, we want to pass on our expertise and address this gap. Our aim is to provide local teachers with training and support so they have the skills and confidence to deliver these modules.

We piloted the scheme in March 2017 by offering two FREE three hour CPD workshops for Suffolk based drama teachers, hosted by Ipswich School. We will evaluate this pilot thoroughly with a view to then launching a regular programme in September 2017.

For more information and keep up to date with the project, please join our brand new Facebook group here or email pippa@geckotheatre.com

 

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→ Read blogs by students about their workshop experiences

Prices

Gecko currently run workshops for half a day or for a full day. Prices start at £300 plus VAT and artists’ expenses (travel, per diems and accommodation as required).

For further information on workshops and booking please contact Pippa on 01473 599200 or pippa@geckotheatre.com

To find out all about our creative process both on and off the stage, please visit our YouTube channel. 

Professional Development

Do you want to feel alive, feel creative and learn how to expand your physical and emotional capabilities?

Gecko’s professional development workshops and residencies are led by our highly experienced company members who devise and perform in our shows. Participants are encouraged to explore their own practice and push their own limits.

We run workshops and residencies throughout the year, all across the world for a range of experience levels. The best way to stay up to date about workshops is to keep an eye out here, sign up to our mailing list and look for updates on social media.

To find out all about our creative process both on and off the stage, please visit our YouTube channel. 

 

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What Participants Say

“Invaluable. Not just creatively, but a crossover into life.” Participant from Ipswich DanceEast week-long Intensive, Oct 2015

“I feel as if I have had 3 years worth of personal training in one week!” Participant from Ipswich DanceEast week-long Intensive, Oct 2015

“It was five days of love, safety, daring, friendship and hard work. From the first to the last minute it was a continuous build-up that I have never experienced before. Amit Lahav shared his knowledge and experience in the most generous way.” Participant from the London International Mime Festival masterclass residency, Jan 2015

“Can’t overstate importance of simply being inspired: by a successful and talented artist making great work. An intensive weekend like this also throws up so many ideas for approaches to take back into the rehearsal room – invaluable.” Participant at a weekend masterclass at the Tobacco Factory, Jun 2013

“I loved the way there was no right or wrong, only building and expanding.” Workshop Participant, London

“Totally new experience and way of working.” Workshop Participant, Manchester, 2012

“Loved the integration of dance, music and drama – excellent for students studying performance studies where the three art forms are taught.” Drama Teacher

“It was very fun and energetic, a good physical and mental work out.” A Level Student

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→ Read blogs by school workshop participants

Work Experience

At Gecko we offer 3 voluntary placements per year for both school students and young adults via application only. These placements are based in our Ipswich office and aim to give an insight into all areas of the business for young people looking to pursue a career within the performing arts.

Dates for 2017/18:

 

Monday 23 – Friday 27 October 2017 – Deadline for applications Monday 11 September 2017.

Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018 – Deadline for applications Wednesday 3 January 2018.

Monday 28 May – Friday 1 June 2018 – Deadline for applications Monday 16 April 2018.

If you wish to apply for a placement, please email manwah@geckotheatre.com clearly stating which dates you would like to apply for, your CV and a short covering letter outlining why you wish to join the Gecko office and what you would like to learn from your time with the company. We will contact all applicants 5 – 6 weeks before the placement start date.

 

Work Experience for Schools

We offer 3 places a year (1 per term) for students on work experience from local schools in the East Anglia region. If you’re a teacher or student in the local area enquiring about work experience, please email belinda@geckotheatre.com or call 01473 599200 directly.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Read blogs by work experience participants on their time with Gecko

Arts Award

Gecko can now advise and support young people through their Bronze and Silver Arts Awards.  For further details please contact Belinda Farrell 01473 599200.

An image of the 'Arts Award centre' logo.