Gecko is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav. Founded in 2001, the company has created 7 critically acclaimed shows, 2 associate shows and 2 films. The company is currently creating its eighth theatre production, commissioned by the National Theatre, which focuses on the themes of migration, racism and family.
Our work explores contemporary themes relevant to the society in which we live, using performance that is inspiring and provocative. We blend choreography, sound, lighting and set design to create our worlds and use breath, emotion, multiple languages and metaphor to tell our stories. Our audience engage with our work in various ways (visually, sonically and emotionally) giving it a broad appeal across diverse age groups, nationalities and backgrounds. This approach encourages our audience to deepen their connection with the company and each other, and to create and share their own interpretation of our work.
We take the same approach with our Creative Engagement programme. Working with our highly experienced practitioners, we create a safe and supported environment that allows local community groups, students and artists to be bold and experimental, inviting them to explore our work, develop new skills, confidence and a new understanding of the world around them. The company is featured on the A-Level, GCSE and International Baccalaureate drama/dance syllabi and is included in several educational textbooks for both students and teachers.
The company has been based in Ipswich since 2008 and recently became a charity. It hires office space from Ipswich School for the core team and will move into the Creation Space during 2023, the company’s new headquarters and rehearsal studio on Ipswich’s waterfront.