Gecko is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav.
A Gecko show is visual, visceral, ambitious theatre crafted to inspire, move and entertain. We strive to make our work wide open to interpretation and put our audience at the heart of the narrative.
Amit has created an organic devising process that oscillates between intense periods of experimentation, making brave leaps, failing and learning. It includes choreography, writing, storyboarding and reflection. Every stage includes sonic and technical development alongside the choreography.
With an expanding ensemble of international performers and makers, we work across diverse age groups, nationalities and forms. Gecko tours nationally and internationally and we are continuing to develop strong partnerships around the world.
Beyond the stage, we aspire to open the doors on our process via every possible avenue, be it digital, in schools or through one-to-one relationships with our audience.
Gecko is an artist-led organisation, and the creation of artistic product drives all conversations from education to marketing. The creation process is incredibly rigorous and productive to ensure the high quality demanded by Gecko. It is a proven process which has created 7 celebrated shows since 2001.
The creative process happens over three years and includes the ‘creation tour’, where a show continues to develop whilst on tour. The longevity of a show’s life, up to five years, means that the current show in development carries enormous significance in all aspects of the company’s work.
We are completely committed to our pursuit of making excellent work. Every aspect of the process provides us with the tools to make shows of the highest quality: time, rigour, world-class performers and creative teams, world-class venues and management support. Our shows are incredibly detailed and crafted, highly skilful and universal, creating both a childlike wonder and an artisan appreciation in our audiences.
We have a responsibility to our audiences, especially our young audiences, to produce the most exciting, powerful and challenging work possible – A responsibility we take very seriously. Our status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation inspires us in the business of Gecko even more.
In 2016, we were awarded the Peter Brook / Equity Ensemble Award. The award aims to recognise and further develop ensemble work within studio theatres and is aimed at helping a company with continued funding.