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 we have developed and delivered high-quality workshops and residencies for schools, improving participants’ physical, social and creative confidence, enhancing key performance and devising skills, and expanding participants’ imaginations.

Our workshops are led by our highly experienced devising performers and we run student workshops in schools, colleges and universities working to various national drama curriculums.  Gecko is listed as a prescribed practitioner on the AQA specification for AS and A-Level Drama, a suggested company on the International Baccalaureate Theatre course guide and we were commissioned to create a resource pack for OCR’s new AS and A-Level Theatre specification.

Our schools workshops are suitable for students at GCSE, BTEC and A Level.  To find out all about our creative process both on and off the stage, please visit our YouTube channel.

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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 all future 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.

Download a transcript of this video

What Participants Say

“It has given me the courage to move forward, show me I can do it and empower me to go away and create new work.” Participant, Creative Development Intensive Ipswich, Feb ’17

“Yesterday was a real turning point for the group, their bonds and their expectations, and also gave me an insight into what they can be capable of, both practically and academically..” Drama Teacher, Deyes High School, Nov ’16

“I feel as if I have had 3 years worth of personal training in one week!” Participant, Creative Development Intensive Ipswich, Oct ’15

“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

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

“I didn’t think I liked dancing before, but now I really like it and it has inspired me to do more. It has also given me more confidence to speak and perform in front of others – I didn’t feel shy when we danced in front of our parents.”  7 Schools: 1 Town project, Yr. 4 participant, June ’16

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→ Read blogs by school workshop participants

Placements and Schools’ Work Experience

We receive a high number of requests for work experience and shadowing placements and we now offer 3 placements a year for schools and 3 for students and young adults by application only.

If you’re a teacher or student in the local area enquiring about work experience for pupils from schools in Ipswich and the East Anglia region, please email manwah@geckotheatre.com or call 01473 599200.

If you’ve left compulsory education, are interested in learning about the business behind the performances and wish to apply for a placement, please email manwah@geckotheatre.com with 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.  Please clearly state which of the dates below you would like to apply for and attach a completed Equal Opportunities monitoring form which can be found here.

Dates for 2017/18 academic year:

Monday 23 – Friday 27 October 2017 – The deadline for applications has now closed.

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.

We will contact all applicants 5 – 6 weeks before the placement start date.These placements are suitable for people looking to pursue a career in the creative industries.  Please note this is an administrative placement and participants will be based in our Ipswich office and we aim to give an insight into the business of running a theatre company.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Gecko is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from under-represented sections of the community.  We will reserve one placement a year for a BAME applicant who meets the criteria.

Read blogs by work experience participants on their time with Gecko