Schools & Teachers

School workshops

Gecko’s education and outreach is a key area of the company’s work. Our workshops are led by our highly experienced company members who, as well as workshop practitioners, also have the experience of being devising performers in our touring productions. We run these workshops in schools (for students in Year 9 upwards), colleges and universities working alongside various national drama curriculums.

Gecko is currently listed as a prescribed practitioner on the AQA specification for AS and A-Level Drama & Theatre, have been approached by OCR to create a resource pack for their new AS and A-Level Theatre specification, and are regularly studied by students across the world undertaking the International Baccalaureate in Theatre.

The workshops we run in schools with students can be adapted according to the school’s requests. We can tailor sessions to fit an exam brief/stimulus, but also provide  workshops that serve as a general introduction to physical theatre and Gecko’s devising process.

Please do let us know if there is anything specific you would like your workshop to cover.

Click here to download our booking requirements.

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

Prices

Gecko currently run workshops for half a day or for a full day. Longer sessions are available on request. Prices start at £350 plus VAT and reimbursement of practitioners’ 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

Teacher Training

We also run training sessions for teachers that explore ideas and techniques for engaging young people in physical theatre and devising, giving a practical introduction to devising techniques, methods for creating movement and preparing a group or class for creative tasks.

The sessions generally include preparatory exercises, group discussions, and techniques that teachers can use in their own practice.

To see what opportunities we currently have on offer, please go to our Opportunities page.

If you’re interested in hosting a teacher training workshop, please get in touch with pippa@geckotheatre.com

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 in the Ipswich area.

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.

Resources

Our Youtube channel has been specially tailored for students and teachers who wish learn more about the company’s style, including interviews with our creatives, behind-the-scenes and rehearsal footage, as well as advice for artists from our Artistic Director Amit Lahav.

We also have a general company resource pack (suitable for both students and teachers), as well as show-specific resource pack for The Wedding for teachers who have brought a group to see the show to use in lessons ahead of exams. Please contact manwah@geckotheatre.com for more information.

We’ve been featured in several textbooks, covering various aspects of Gecko’s style from scenography to devising. Click on the links below for more details.

For more resources, please visit our Resources page.

It was AMAZING!

Heathfield School workshop participant, 2018

Thank you so much for the CPD - it has changed students' approaches to physical devising and given me lots more ideas to use in delivering the courses.

Participant in Ipswich Teacher Training Workshop, 2018

Students and staff were inspired by the practitioner's energy, expertise and dedication.

Teacher at Langley Park Girls’ School, 2017

Active, energetic, and full of new activities that pushed my ambition.

Mountbatten School workshop participant, 2018

It reminded me how essential it is to carry on learning, doing and playing.

Participant in Yorkshire Dance teacher training, 2018

The practitioner was inspiring, informative, and passionate, allowing us to develop through play and creativity.

Participant in TakeArt (InspiRED) CPD training, 2018

We teach Gecko, watch Gecko, love Gecko!

Participant in Ipswich Teacher Training Workshop, 2018