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.

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.

Training Opportunity with Gecko for Emerging Artists

(ALL PLACES HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED. Please get in touch with manwah@geckotheatre.com if you would like to put your name on our waiting list.)

Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th October 2017

High Street Exhibition Gallery | Ipswich | Suffolk

10am – 5pm each day

This October Gecko will be running a three-day artists’ training programme in Ipswich for those at the very start of their careers as performers, theatre makers or choreographers.

This introductory level residency will give participants the chance to experience Gecko’s unique style of movement and physical theatre, as well as an opportunity to gain insight into our creative processes when devising a show. These workshops will explore the use of breath in exploring emotion, and are always highly physical and dynamic. Sessions will include preparation exercises and tasks that focus on creating movement for performance, culminating in an informal sharing at the end of the three days.

The residency will be delivered by two of Gecko’s devising performers; Ryen Perkins-Gangnes (Missing, Institute, The Time of Your Life and The Wedding) and Katie Lusby (The Time of Your Life and The Wedding) who will guide participants through the three days, and give an insight into what life is like within a touring physical theatre company.

This training opportunity is aimed at those who have experience in dance, drama or theatre, but have not yet completed a degree (or similar) in any discipline and who have not previously taken part in any training programmes with Gecko. The residency is suitable for those who may be planning formal training in the future, or those currently in the process of completing their degree/training.

The cost of the residency is £120 (including VAT). Places are first-come-first-served, and are only fully confirmed once payment has been received. Participants must be aged 18+ and have finished compulsory full time education.

Unfortunately, all of the places for this intensive have now been taken. If you’d like to put your name on our waiting list, please email manwah@geckotheatre.com with a short paragraph that details your experience, your reasons for wanting to take part in the residency and a completed Gecko Equal Opportunity monitoring form.

Gecko is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages participation from all sections of the community. In order to increase attendance by under-represented groups, Gecko reserves a proportion of places for participants from under-represented groups who meet the criteria. Please complete an Gecko Equal Opportunity monitoring form when booking your place.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to a member of the Gecko staff about the intensive, please call 01473 599200.

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.

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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