The Wedding

We are all married, bound by a contract.
But what are the terms of this relationship? And can we consider a divorce?

Led by Amit Lahav, Gecko’s latest creation is inspired by the complexities of human nature: the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation. In a blur of wedding dresses and contractual obligations, our extraordinary ensemble of international performers will guide audiences through a dystopian world in which we are all brides, wedded to society.

Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives in Gecko’s trademark style, our seventh touring production brings these contracts into question with an emotionally charged and spectacular performance.

We all want to believe in our journey, but where are we heading? Is it too late to stop, to go back, to fall in love, to start again?

Creative Team

Created by Amit Lahav

Collaborating with
Designer: Rhys Jarman
Lighting: Joe Hornsby
Sound: Jonathan Everett
Associate Director: Rich Rusk
With original music by Dave Price
Costume Supervisor: Gayle Playford

Devising Performers:
Lucia Chocarro, Chris Evans, Madeleine Fairminer, Anna Finkel/Fionn Cox-Davies, Katie Lusby, Ryen Perkins-Gangnes, Uroš Petronijević/Amit Lahav, Dan Watson and Kenny Wing Tao Ho.


Producer: Rosalind Wynn rosalind@geckotheatre.com
Company Manager: Hannah Blamire technical@geckotheatre.com
Technical Manager: Sean Ford technical@geckotheatre.com
Stage Manager: Alyssa Watts
Sound Operator: André Birck

Musicians and Vocalists:
Tom Allan, Sam Burgess, Ben Hales, Frank Moon, Dave Shulman, Jon Thomas and Temesgen Zeleke

During creation and 2017 touring

Production Manager: Gareth Green (work in progress) / Nathan Johnson
Company Stage Manager: Tanya Stephenson (work in progress) / Chelsey Thwaites
Technical Stage Manager: Andres Velasquez / Adam Bottomley

Devising Performers:
Greig Cooke and Louise Tanoto

We were awarded Strategic Touring funding from Arts Council England to support the spring 2018 tour of The WeddingWorking with each of the venues as well as local changemakers and national organisations, we developed an ambitious audience development project, allowing more people than ever to participate and engage with Gecko’s work. Exploring inclusivity, the power of community, and encouraging ideas around social cohesion and change. The project included:

Panel Discussions

Gecko hosted a post show panel discussion at each venue that explored two key themes from the show – integration and social cohesion, and affecting change in the community – which gave audiences the opportunity to share their thoughts and questions with the team. The panel included Gecko’s artistic director Amit Lahav along with guests with experience of these themes. 

Workshop: Making Change

In addition to the panel discussions, we ran free 3-hour workshops called Making Change, which were open to the public and offered an open space to meet other people and explore themes from Gecko’s show as well as ideas that emerged from the group on the day.

Have you ever felt out of line with the way the world is going?

Would you like to see change in yourself, your community, your country, beyond? 

Gecko teamed up with the Transition Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world, to link into each town or city that we’re touring to.

Tour Dates

24 – 26 January 2019
Barbican Centre
London, UK
London International Mime Festival 2019
Public booking opens on Friday 26 October at 10am
Book here

Reviews

THE GUARDIAN
“There’s a terrific ensemble at work in a show that bursts with the joy of union.” Lyn Gardner.

★★★★ THE REVIEWS HUB
“Heart pounding drama… get ready to be blown away.”

★★★★ ATTITUDE
“Offers its own remarkable, mesmerising take on the world we live in, full of horror and hope, fortitude and fear, love and lamentation and is an amazing achievement.”

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