The Wedding


To book The Wedding for your venue or festival, contact rosalind@geckotheatre.com

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?

We’re delighted to have been awarded Strategic Touring Funding from Arts Council England, to support the 2018 Spring tour of The Wedding, which is one of the company’s longest consecutive tours to date. Working with each of the venues as well as local changemakers and national organisations, we have 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 includes:

Panel Discussions

Gecko will host a post show panel discussion at each venue that will explore two key themes from the show – integration and social cohesion, and affecting change in the community – and give audiences the opportunity to share their thoughts and questions with the team. The panel will include Gecko’s artistic director Amit Lahav along with guests with experience of these themes (free with your ticket to the show). 

BRISTOL: Friday 19 January
WATFORD: Tuesday 23 January
NOTTINGHAM: Friday 2 February
DERBY: Friday 9 February
LIVERPOOL: Friday 23 February
DONCASTER: Tuesday 27 February
OXFORD: Friday 2 March
SOUTHAMPTON: Wednesday 7 March

Workshop: Making Change

We will also be running a free 3-hour workshop called Making Change, which is open to the public and offers an open space to meet other people and explore themes from Gecko’s show as well as ideas that emerge 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 has teamed up with the Transition Networka movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world, to link into each town or city that we’re touring to.

Come in comfy clothes, expect some play, some discussion and hopefully some inspiration and change.

BRISTOL: Saturday 20 January – 10am-1pm
Venue details: Bristol Old Vic Studio
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WATFORD: Saturday 27 January – 2.30pm-5.30pm
Venue details: Steve Burke Rehearsal Studio at Watford Palace Theatre
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NOTTINGHAM: Saturday 3 February – 1pm-4pm
Venue details: Nottingham Playhouse
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DERBY: Saturday 10 February – 1pm-4pm
Venue details: Derby Theatre’s Green Lane Studio
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LIVERPOOL: Saturday 24 February – 1pm-4pm
Venue details: Liverpool Playhouse Studio
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OXFORD:Saturday 3 March – 3pm-6pm
Venue details: The Top Room at Oxford Playhouse

SOUTHAMPTON: Saturday 10 March – 11am-2pm
Venue details: Studio, NST City
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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, Fionn Cox-Davies, Chris Evans, Madeleine Fairminer, Anna Finkel, Amit Lahav, Katie Lusby, Ryen Perkins-Gangnes, Uroš Petronijević, 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: Mark Cunningham
Lighting Operator (Oxford Playhouse): Chris Swain
Technical Stage Manager (Oxford Playhouse): Andres Velasquez

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

Tour Dates

2018

17 – 20 January | Bristol Old Vic | Bristol, UK
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23 – 25 January | Watford Palace Theatre | Watford, UK
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1 – 3 February | Nottingham Playhouse | Nottingham, UK
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8 – 10 February | Derby Theatre | Derby, UK
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21 – 24 February | Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse | Liverpool, UK
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27 February | CAST | Doncaster, UK
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1 – 3 March | Oxford Playhouse | Oxford, UK
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6 – 9 March | Nuffield | Southampton, UK
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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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